Lamb stew? Yes, please!
The first time I ever ate lamb was when I was working at an Italian restaurant in high school. The chef made a mustard crusted rack of lamb – it was delicious.
Lamb was never something I cooked with because it isn’t very affordable at the grocery store and I never did any research to find out how to buy it cheaper elsewhere (until now).
You can imagine my excitement when I found 100% grass-fed lamb stew meet at Tropical Traditions on sale a few weeks ago (sorry I’m not more timely with sharing that sale – it’s been a hectic week – sign up for Tropical Traditions email notifications to get updates for yourself.)
The crock pot is a life saver when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen with pots and pans and all types of spoons and stuff to wash. I prepped this, started up the crock pot and then went to bed. Woke up to a big pot of stew. Easy.
SO…grab your crock pot, a cutting board, a nice chopping knife, and a measuring cup and try this recipe out…
2 lbs 100% grass-fed lamb stew meat
3-4 organic carrots, chopped (big pieces)
3 stalks organic celery chopped (big pieces)
1 small yellow onion chopped (big pieces)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 16 oz can organic crushed tomatoes*
2 cups bone broth (you can substitute with organic beef broth, but it won’t be as good)
2 TBS minced organic oregano (1 TBS dried oregano can substitute)
1 TBS minced organic thyme (1 tsp dried thyme can substitute)
1 TBS dried rosemary
1 bay leaf
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
A few splashes of Frank’s Red Hot sauce (optional)
- Put the lamb meat in the crock pot first followed by chopped carrots, celery, onion, and garlic
- Add spices – oregano, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, salt and pepper, hot sauce (optional)
- Pour bone broth and crushed tomatoes on top
- Cover and cook on low setting for 9 hours (I did this and the lamb just falls apart, like butta) or on medium for 5 hours (I’m guessing here, cook it till the lamb just falls apart)
Lunch for a week:
Stew is so friggin’ easy, I love it. Play around with the spices and vegetables and you can have a different tasting stew each time. This is a pretty traditional recipe, I think, but you can use different vegetables like artichoke hearts, organic cherry tomatoes, organic broccoli, organic potatoes, fennel, parsnips, cabbage, use your imagination!
$18 for 2 lbs stew meat
about $5 for the other ingredients since I had them all in the kitchen already it’s hard to tell the exact prices.
I estimate we’ll get at least 5 servings or more out of this pot – that’s $4.60 per serving (approximately) – less than a $5 foot long, heh?
What are your favorite stew ingredients?
*My brother-in-law reminded me of BPA in canned goods – especially highly acidic foods like tomatoes. It is best to find canned goods without BPA, a known endocrine disruptor, or buy things in glass jars or aseptic packaging (the paperboard cartons often used for coconut & almond milk). Click this link to the WholeFoods website for a good overview of what BPA is, how it is harmful to your health, and their efforts to eliminate BPA in canned goods.