Friday, May 16, 2014

Bean Stew - Crock Pot Meal - THM E

Bean Stew

Tweeked from this recipe

6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth (add when putting in crock pot)
1 cup dry beans, picked over and rinsed
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely diced
3 tablespoons uncooked brown rice
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence or dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt
1/8teaspoon ground white or black pepper
Combine ingredients in a gallon zip lock bag (minus the broth). Freeze. Thaw, add broth and bag to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Serves 4-5 people.

Print the recipe HERE

27 comments:

  1. What kind of "dry beans" are you going to buy?

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  2. Good morning! Thank you for these. I am just wondering though, do you Have to thaw before putting them in the crock? or can you just throw it all in frozen?

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    1. I don';t always thaw the meals. I just cook them longer if I don't. If I do put them in defrosted then take the right amount of time.

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  3. You can cut the bag open and put the frozen meal in the crockpot

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  4. I'm curious to know the consistency of the beans in this dish, since they aren't hydrated in a bowl of water beforehand.

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    1. You don't HAVE to soak the beans in water before you use them. Although I found that they are less gassy etc if I do. I personally like to soak mine overnight with ACV or lemon juice, and then cook them the next day.

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  5. So, can you soak the beans and then make the recipe and freeze?

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    1. Sure. I prefer to do it that way actually. But you don't HAVE to.

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    2. Hi there - this looks so good! Sorry to harp on soaking the beans but I have an additional question -- Say I do soak them overnight, then make the recipe, then freeze it... are the directions changed at all in terms of length of cooking time/amount of broth?

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    3. No the cooking time should be the same. You still need to cook the other veggies. I don't add the salt until serving time though.

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  6. Does this provided the amount of protein needed?

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  7. Quick cook rice or long grain long cook?

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  8. Can you put the dried beef bouillon into the bag, and just add water at cooking time?

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  9. I have lots of cans of black beans - could I use canned instead of dry?

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    1. I think so, but you will need to use more then a can. I am not sure of the amount?

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  10. I added cumin, rotel, garlic, corn & turkey sausage & it turned out awesome. I had a problem with beans getting stuck on the side because my crock pot is hot even on low.

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    1. I always spray my crock pot with "Pam" or such prior to adding ingredients. Really makes clean-up easier!

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  11. Is the amount of rice (just 3TBS) correct? Also, if you presoak the beans do you need less liquid in the recipe? Thanks.

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    1. Yes its right. I cook my beans before I make this recipe so no.

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  12. Question about soaking beans - I do the quick method. Do you soak and cook them, then freeze? Or soak and freeze? thanks!!

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  13. Could I soak the beans and then freeze? Without cooking? Thanks

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    1. I soak and then freeze without cooking.

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