Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Healthy, Tasty and Inexpensive Meals the Whole Family will Love

It's hard to believe that we're a few days away from the start of the fall season, the weather outside looks and feels like we're just somewhere between July and August.  I love the extended warm days, compensation for a crappy June, but this blog isn't about weather, though the food I'm about to share is perfect for the upcoming fall and winter months.

Stews; I am talking about the ones your mama and grandma used to make. Thick, hearty, stick to your bones kinda stews.  A bowl jammed packed with enough sauce to sop up with a warm piece of fresh bread, colourful vegetables, your favourite protein, and enough fresh herbs to make your mouth water. Now, that is starting to stir a craving within for another bowl of hearty stew.

This stew was actually created on a warm summer day.  I wanted something hearty to eat for dinner, and didn't have beef, but wait, I had some fresh hot Italian sausages, a can of white beans, bok choy, tomatoes, onions, garlic and fresh basil.

There was no need to add any additional stock to this stew; as the flavour from the browning of the sausages with onions and garlic was enough to create a beautifully flavoured sauce. A dash of cayenne, with soft warm whole wheat french bread and a glass of red made this meal complete.

To obtain  flavourful stews without the need to add additional stock; make sure you take the time to brown your meat on medium heat with onions which helps to pull all the flavours together, and caramelize the meat. Add about 1/2 cup of water to the pan when the meat is brown to get all the stuff stuck to the bottom of the pan off before adding your vegetables.

To your enjoyment and health!

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