For some reason, on Saturday night I completely forgot that I needed to pull together something to put in the crock pot for Sunday's lunch. It was probably because I was just plain old tuckered out from our scary shed clean out from that afternoon or because my oldest girl was having a friend sleep over so we were enjoying a late night movie & candy fest.
I actually slept in later than I normally do on Sundays, and it wasn't until half an hour before I needed to leave for church that I remembered, "Ack! Lunch! I have nothing in the crockpot!" It was tempting for a second to think, "Well, we'll just do fast food lunch out today", but I quickly shoved that thought aside and rose to the challenge of a last minute crock pot meal.
It also happened to be one of those days where you seem to be out of everything in the fridge, all at once, but I did see that we had ground beef and sour cream. I thought perhaps I could do some sort of easy beef stroganoff, but that thought didn't really appeal to me. Then I noticed the container of salsa, and so the idea of something sort of Mexican came to mind. So here is my thrown-together-completely-last-minute-Sunday-Stew-Special which we decided to call...
Brown 2 lbs ground beef with a couple teaspoons garlic powder
Dump into crock pot and stir in a tub of sour cream and about 2 cups chunky salsa.
Heat on low a few hours.
Have husband pick up some tortillas on the way home.
Serve with grated cheese (we had mozza).
Anyway, here are the results from the BROWNLEE TEST KITCHEN...
4 year old - I like the cheese. Can I have more fishy crackers? Moommmmmmmy....I want more fishy crackers!
Husband - it's good. A little too juicy though.
12 yr old - I'm not really sure. A little messy.
Donny (starving college student #1 who had polished off his first burrito before I even had a chance to glance at mine) - It's nice and juicy. And it's cool 'cause all the food is already all mixed together. You don't need to make other dishes dirty. (which I heartily agreed with - oh, the wonders of a crockpot!).
10 yr old - I like it. It's very juicy and a little spicy. You should forget to make stew more often.
James - ( starving college student #2) I like it. It's even better with cheese. Everything is better with cheese!
The Cook - I'm just glad I was able to throw something together last minute. And I like it better than the Irish Stew we had last week!
So there you have it, not quite a stew, but the Crock Pot still saves the day.