cold day cookin’: po’ man’s stew – using what you’ve got & being satisfied

Are you a firm believer of the philosophy “waste not, want not”?

Because I am.

Necessities have become unnecessarily expensive.

& that bothers me.

So, I’m experimenting regrowing veggies (if it works i’ll show you what I did), so far it’s doing pretty good..

Anyways, I had some yummy veggies wilting, a head of garlic losing it’s aroma, a random half of an onion, & 3/4lb beef chuck starting to get freezer burn.

So I grabbed a pound of red kidney beans & soaked them over night trying to figure out what to do with all this food & not have to throw it away.

So I decided to make a stew.

Here’s what I used (beans & my cut of chuck not included in my picture sorry)

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Okay, so I soaked the beans overnight.

Drained, rinsed, & covered with clean water again.

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^ don’t throw these away! you can use them in stock later! Freeze it in a ziploc, make veggie stock with it later, & then can it so it doesn’t go bad. My personal veggie stock recipe (no sodium!) can be found here!

So, I chopped all my veggies up & threw them in with the soaked kidney beans. Honestly any beans would work though, & I’ve found that the smaller groceries sell them in bulk & they are so much cheaper!

Here’s my cut of chuck.

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That’s about 3/4 pound of beef chuck.

& honestly, leftover chicken or ground beef would work. But make sure the chicken is fully cooked first, just in case….

This is how you want to carve it up.

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Salt & pepper the beef you’re using.

*Throw the fatty cuts into a ziploc & freeze for stock.


Now, you’ll want to sear the beef.

Do not completely cook it or you’ll loose all that yummy flavor.

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^ look at how it’s brown on the outside, but it was still pink in the inside.

That’s how you want it.

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^ that’s how your stew will look once it’s all thrown together, but still needs about 2 hours simmering.

& this is how it’ll look when it is ready to go in your belly. 🙂

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