Monday, January 28, 2013

Mellow Monday & Menu Plan

Happy Monday my friends!

What were you up to this weekend?  We got to spend time with my family, Daddy Goose's family AND even had a little time for just the four of us for pancake breakfast on Sunday morning!

This week I'm thinking all comfort - comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes and comfortable food!  (Look at my menu plan below to see what comfort foods we'll be eating this week.) Not much says comfort like Beef Stew.  Especially on a cold winter's day.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Image & Recipe from: Taste of Home


1-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch slices
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
3 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon browning sauce


Layer the potatoes, carrots, onion and celery in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Place flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add stew meat; seal and toss to coat evenly. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil in batches. Place over vegetables.

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, broth, mustard, salt, pepper, thyme and browning sauce. Pour over beef. Cover and cook on high for 1-1/2 hours. Reduce heat to low; cook 7-8 hours longer or until the meat and vegetables are tender.

Monday: Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Tuesday:  Spaghetti (made with ground turkey), green salad and garlic bread
Wednesday:  Chicken Enchiladas with Southwest Chopped Salad
Thursday:  Leftovers
Friday:  Calazone from Winco with green salad
Saturday:  Hoping for a Anniversary Date Night - dinner out! ;)
Sunday: Super Bowl Football Foods! (TBA)

This week I'll be drinking Pinapple/Orange and Mango infused waters.  Do you have any tastey fruit infused water flavors for me to try?

Do you meal plan?  I do because it saves me time, money, and answers the never ending "What's for dinner?" question.  After you've checked out my menu plan and then see others at

Always ~ Momma Goose

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