RECIPE: Crock Pot Stew

The crock pot is under celebrated.  I always thought crock pots were kinda “country”, but now I’ve seen the light.  Throw in your ingredients and walk away.  Come back 4-5 hours later and poof: Dinner for 8!  What’s not to love, y’all?

This easy, hearty stew is so simple, your boss could make it.

crockpot masala ingred

It’s hardy, healthy and filling, and makes enough for the whole family!

In your crock pot combine:

6 c water

1 c wild rice

1 c quinoa or bulgur

1 can chick peas, strained

1 jar Trader Joe’s* masala sauce — see above, if you don’t have TJ’s choose a spicy sauce of some sort; you could sub marina if you aren’t in to Indian food (but that’d be BORING!)

1 onion chopped

1-2 tbsp salt, or just salt to taste afterward

Serves 6-8 people.

You could add chicken, pork or beef to make it even more proteinaceous!

crockpot masala

Cook for 4-6 hours on low/med, until thick, not runny

Serve atop greens (spinach pictured here) and add salt, pepper, thyme or spices of your choice

My husband eats his with chips and hot sauce (and no thyme)

*I ‘might should’ buy stock in Trader Joe’s because the majority of my simple, cheap, easy recipes are made with their inexpensive, all-natural, additive and chemical free products

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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