You are not going to see Pasta with Potatoes served in any Italian restaurant, but out here in the South of Italy, most Italian families have this dish on the menu at least once or twice a month in their homes. This particular version of the dish, was given to me by my Italian Mother in Law, who is from Sicily, and it has been passed down through the generations with very little variation. Pasta and potatoes may sound a little odd as a combination, but I can assure you that if it is cooked right, then it is one of the great Southern Italian dishes. This stewing beef serves about four people.
Researchers tested 24 overweight women in a study at the University of Illinois. Eating about 10 ounces of beef a day on a roughly 1,700 calorie diet helped the women lose more weight, more fat and less muscle than a controlled group eating the same number of calories but less protein. The beef eaters also had less hunger pangs. So, go eat your steak! But make it lean slow cook braising steak in slow cooker though.
I recommend you try it sometime and sometime soon. Go to the store and buy the basic things you want in a stew, maybe try ONE new thing. You don't want to experiment with more than one thing at a time. Cut your veggies, throw them in the cooker and let it do its thing. That is the beauty of the slow cooker is that it does all the work stewing steak for you!
Some meat dishes, especially when you are using tough cuts, will take up to ten hours to tenderize in a crock pot but fish cooks a lot quicker, which is why slow cooker braising steak for fish usually only need three or four hours. Leaving the fish in the crockpot when it has finished cooking can dry it out so this is not something to leave in there all day while you are out. You will need to serve the fish the moment it is prepared.
When you get home fish out the cloves and peppercorns, set aside half of everything for later in the week, make yourself a plate of food, add a little mustard on the side if you like and enjoy! It's so tender you don't have to worry about the traditional cut-thin-slices-against-the-grain rule.
A dutch oven, which is also known as a stockpot, casserole or french oven, is a handy addition to the kitchen. A dutch oven is thicker and heavier than a stockpot, which means it can conduct heat more effectively and distribute it throughout the food with ease. You can use a dutch oven to make braised meals, pot roasts, stews and much more. You can sear food in the dutch oven on the stove and then put the whole thing in the oven to finish cooking. You can boil pasta or rice in a dutch oven and they are good for deep frying because of their high sides.
So, even if you do have a hectic schedule with meat for braising infant or a toddler, there are still ways you can provide your family with a delicious and healthy meal!