Thursday, January 7, 2010

Using food on hand

The daily decision, "What's for dinner?" can be pretty stressful at times. One thing that helps now that it's just me and my husband, is that I often cook more of something than we need and freeze the extra for future meals.

Today, I thought, "Ok, what do I have on hand?" And this is what I came up with ~ It all started when I was a young girl and went to Girl Scout Day Camp. We cooked something called "Brownie Stew" which was a simple stew made with ground beef and vegetables and I LOVED it! Today I decided to make Brownie Stew for us using what I have. So, here goes:

Brownie Stew (easily tweaked for what YOU have in your home)

1/2 pound ground venison (or beef or anything you've got)
1 nice onion, diced
1/2 or so cup of sliced celery
1 T oil (I used extra-virgin coconut, but you can use anything you have on hand)
1 quart green beans, not drained
1 pint sweet corn kernels, not drained
3 big (or equivalent) potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
1 quart whole canned tomatoes, drained


2 T Bragg liquid aminos (you can substitute salt to taste)
freshly ground pepper
2 tsp. kelp powder
1 T nutritional yeast
1 T dried basil

In a large heavy bottomed pan, saute' onion and celery in the oil on medium heat until they start looking a little limp. Then add all the other ingredients and simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes are tender.

I will serve this with homemade whole wheat bread and some home canned peaches. Easy, quick, filling and delicious!


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  3. i love all your recipes! I really am going to make Autumn come and visit with me! What is the yeast you are talking about? How is it different from yeast you use in bread?

  4. Laura, this yeast is sometimes called "Brewer's yeast." I buy it through a food co-op but I bet you can get it online or a health food store. I do NOT like the kind that is "fortified" with B vitamins. It makes me feel horrible! Just the plain flakes of brewer's yeast - naturally high in B vitamins and very good for you. I like to add it to thinks just to bump up the nutrition.


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