Monday, January 14, 2013

Barely A Recipe and Amazing Bread

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We've all had those days where we're just craving warm comfort food.  Good old Americana-style cooking that warms the belly and puts us in a slight food coma.  Not Thanksgiving-level bounty but the same type of cooking.  Last night I decided I was in that kind of mood and put together this seriously easy beef stew that is so simple I cringe to actually call it a recipe.

My husband and I have been working on eating healthier, not dieting, just being more conscious of what we eat and how much, including amping up the fruit and veggie content of our daily diet.  This stew is extremely filling and really pretty healthy too.  There's little to no fat involved (I used lean beef tips - 98% lean) and because of the flour thickener with the spices you get a delicious gravy without any butter being used.  It cooked most of the day in the crockpot and made our whole apartment smell incredible, so what's better than that?

Homemade bread.

Yes, I know, I cheesily answered my own question, but this is a blog and I'm essentially talking to myself after all.  Plus I'm home most days with a 6-month-old who isn't exactly a conversational genius yet.

Since dinner was so simple, I decided to make some rolls.  I have been wanting to try cloverleaf rolls for awhile because they're so delicious and so simple to bake them in muffin tins, how much easier could it be?  As with all yeast-based breads, you need to plan ahead a little bit to make sure your dough rises in time to bake, but it's really a simple recipe and turned out beautifully.

I hope you give the stew and the rolls a try, let me know if you do and what you changed up!

Recipe for Incredibly Easy Beef Stew

Recipe for Cloverleaf Rolls

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