I crock pot, do you?

I love my trusty old crock pot…and when I say “old” that’s exactly what I mean.  This thing is seriously old, but still works like a charm.

I’ve been looking at newer crock pots, but darn it, this one still works just fine.  No, it’s not digital or programmable, but it does what I need a crock pot to do…effortlessly cook for me.  So, I’m going to hold on to this one for at least a while longer.

Today I decided to prepare vegetable beef soup in my crock pot.  Talk about an easy meal (or week’s worth of meals in my case).  I diced up some new potatoes, tossed in about a fourth of an onion, diced.  Grabbed a bag of stewing beef from the freezer ( I buy this when it’s on sale, divide the package up into two or three smaller packages, and freeze), plopped the meat on top of the potatoes and onion.  Then the really easy part…I went to the pantry and picked out a few cans of veggies…I choose green beans, corn, and tomatoes.  Sometimes I’ll throw in peas and carrots, I just didn’t happen to have any carrots today.  It doesn’t really matter which veggies you use, this soup is going to be good.  I did add one can of low sodium (I forgot to mention that all of the veggies I buy are low-sodium) low-fat  beef broth and enough water to cover.  Turned the crock pot on high and let it do the rest of the work for me.

I dipped this bowl out because I was starving (fancy that, I’ve eaten very little today and actually was experiencing hunger…wow!).  Then I added a handful of whole wheat orzo (sometimes I use rice, pasta, whatever…sometimes just the veggies and meat) and put the lid back on to cook some more…how’s this for a great way for me to eat my veggies?  This is one of the things I love about fall…it’s soup time again!