Maniac Monday - Cooking with LB

 

If you're anything like me, you are in constant motion. I'm up before the sun most mornings getting my kids ready for school or getting myself ready to teach, I work a full 40 hours during the week, and then I'm off to grab my kids from school or manage the night classes at the studio. This leaves me with little time to even think about eating much less taking the time to prepare meals throughout the day. If I'm unable to grab and go, then I'm unlikely to eat at all. So I have found ways to fit in three healthy meals a day by setting aside an hour of time each week to meal prep. And I choose recipes that are simple to make and yield several meal portions that can be easily refrigerated and taste amazing reheated. Below is one of my favorite recipes. It starts with the same base ingredients but the best thing about this recipe is that you can change it up from week to week so you don't get burned out eating the same thing over and over.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1 tablespoon butter or oil

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 can Italian Season diced tomatoes (undrained)

1 can Chicken, Beef, or Vegetable Stock (optional)

1/4 of a large onion (chopped)

2 tablespoons each Salt + Pepper (I love seasoning!)

1 lb Protein of Choice (cubed or ground)

2 cups each of your favorite veggies (cubed)

1 large soup/stew pot

WHAT TO DO

Turn stove to medium heat and melt butter. Stir in onion and 1 tablespoon salt + pepper and cook until onions are clear. Add in your protein + brown/sear on all sides. Then throw in your other veggies. Toss in the remaining salt + pepper. Stir until all protein and veggies are coated in the salt + pepper. Stir in the can of mushroom soup and tomatoes (and optional stock). Cover and let simmer for 10 - 15 minutes. 

NOTE:  If you use potatoes, make sure to throw those in when you throw in the onions so they have more time to cook. You may also need to increase your simmer time to 20 minutes to insure the potatoes are cooked through.

I love using ground turkey, mushrooms, zucchini, and squash in my stew! Pour it over cooked pasta to make an amazing Italian dish or toast + slice a fresh french baguette to add some extra carbs. There's really so much you can do with this dish to keep it interesting!