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Hearty Beef Stew

Beef Stew

For all those cold winter days, how about a beef stew to keep you warm. This recipe is easy to make, savory, hearty and easy to customize. Its super healthy because it is packed with lots of vegetables and its a family favorite all winter long. Bon Appetite!


  • 2 lbs of beef for stewing (cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped Carrots
  • 1/2 cup of Onion
  • 1/2 cup of chopped Celery
  • 1 cup of quartered Red Potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 & 1/3 cup of water

Let’s Make It!

  1. Place meat and vegetables into Crock-pot
  2. Combine spices together in separate bowl then add to Crock-pot mixture
  3. Add 1 and 1/3 cup of water to Crock-pot
  4. Mix ingredients together and cover with lid
  5. Cook on LOW for 7 hours or HIGH for 4 hours

Surviving Chaos

  • Freeze It: Divide up your beef stew for easy freezing and you’ll have quick weeknight meals or lunch options
    • Beef stew can be stored for up to 3 months in the freezer
  • Use slow cooker liners in your Crock-Pot for easy clean up

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Crock-pot Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken Thighs

Brown Sugar and Garlic chicken thighs are one of the easiest recipes I make in my slow cooker. With only 5 ingredients, it is easy to prep, budget friendly and a family favorite. As with all my recipes, you can customize it by adding a little spice with crushed red pepper or by using a different cut of chicken. Enjoy!!


  • 5 chicken thighs (or substitute with chicken breast or chicken wings)
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar packed
    • For deeper caramel flavor, use dark brown sugar


  1. Add chicken, salt, pepper and garlic to Crock-pot (slow cooker).
    1. Do not add any liquids. Chicken thighs naturally release liquids when cooked.
  2. Mix it up then flip chicken to skin side up
  3. Sprinkle on brown sugar
  4. Cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours

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