Who doesn’t like a new recipe or a make over? A few years ago I made a change in diet. I started eating more veggies and along with that I cut out most of the sugar I was eating. Believe me it was a switch because I was eating candy and treats from sun up to sun down. I was addicted to sugar!
So why is this important in the scheme of things? Well this is my blog, my journey and while you may get the work stuff you will also get a little about me. I also enjoy writing. Ha ha so I am just sharing things that work for me.
So earlier today I was thinking about writing about work. I can do it in a private journal, but last semester, we did it on this blog for one of my classes. I think the reason we write about our experiences is to remember them and learn from them. When I write about things I did or experienced I can learn from them for the future as well. These experiences teach and shape my business into what it needs to be. So regardless of where you write…. write somewhere the experiences you have for your future to learn from them.
So back to the recipes. Years ago, my mom served a mission for our church and she picked up a recipe that our family has enjoyed for years. The recipe is for Brown Beef Stew and the woman’s name on the recipe is Mrs Thorton in Minneapolis Minnesota.
I will give you the recipe and then a long explanation. Ok part of it has to do with two other recipes and how I changed them.
Brown Beef Stew
1 1/2 pounds of lean beef cubes 1 can Tomato Soup
2 Tablespoons of Fat 4 medium carrots
3 cups boiling water 10 small onions
2 tablespoons chopped parsley 2 stalks celery cut into 2 inch pieces
4-5 medium potatoes
Brown meat in fat in deep kettle or dutch oven. Add water, bay leaf and salt. Simmer about 1 1/2 hours (covered) until meat is almost done. Add tomato soup, carrots, onion and potatoes and celery. Simmer covered for about 45 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked. Sprinkle on parsley. 4-5 servings. I remember my mom making a pot of this on the stove. But she did it just a little different. Mom cooked the meat on the stove, but didn’t cook it in the fat. She also added all the veggies at once and cooked it right on the stove. I don’t remember her putting in the parsley, but I do remember the bay leaf.
Well things have changed and when I made this soup for my dad, after my mom passed away, I did it in the crockpot or slow cooker. Previous to even making the soup, I had cooked hamburger or even beef cubes and frozen them, added the veggies, soup seasoning and water and cooked for about 8 hours. Soup is done for dinner. I experimented a lot. And on a cold day or long day, it was nice to already have dinner done. Just warm it up and eat. Ok lets put this recipe on the back burner for a minute or two.
A few months ago, I found a recipe on Facebook. As I said earlier in my post, I have tried to eat healthier. So this recipe is called slow cooker lentil Sloppy Joes (from Simply Quinoa.com). I like a lot of her recipes. I am not going to print out this recipe here, you will have to go to her site to get it. Basically it is a sloppy joe recipe without mean, but you still get the protein.
When I ate the recipe, it reminded me of my mom’s recipe Barbecued hamburger. Which is like having sloppy joes. Mom used to cook this and then serve it over a piece of bread or a hamburger bun. We ate it with a variety of things.
This recipe is from Louise Howe Barbecued Hamburger
1 lb. ground beef fried and chopped fine. with 1 small onion (chopped) and browned
add: 1 can of tomato soup, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon catsup, 1 tea. chili powder, 1 teaspoon sugar, 2 teaspoons prepared mustard, salt and pepper
Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
So the lentil recipe tasted similar to this. One day I was making another casserole that we use this barbecued hamburger with and I didn’t have a can of tomato soup. So I remembered this recipe which used tomato sauce, ketchup, maple syrup, mustard, chili powder, hot sauce , salt, pepper and paprika. Most of the ingredients are the same. So I made the switch and no one knew, except me.
So lets bring that soup back off the back burner. The other day, I wanted soup. The weather is changing a bit and while it is still warm weather, the mornings are a little crisper. I decided I wanted this brown beef stew. I threw, frozen hamburger, veggies (bag of small carrots, diced a medium onion, 2 stalks of celery, and a couple of potatoes. I also added spices, and then I looked at the ingredients on the can of soup and decided I didn’t want to eat those, so I remembered this recipe and added water, tomato sauce, ketchup and let it cook. When I came home from work, it smelled so good. It tasted just like the other, but without the condensed soup.
So that was a long story about recipes, but really I think you have to do what works for you. If you don’t have an issue with additives in certain things, then you are fine to eat them.
Enjoy the recipes.
Tags: Barbecued hamburger Louise Howe, Brown Beef Stew Mrs. Thorton Minneapolis Minnesota, Slow Cooker lentil Sloppy Joes- Simply Quinoa.com, Soup experiements