So for those who don’t know, I am a “stay at home” mom. You would think that this would leave plenty of time to cook lovely homemade nutritious meals every night. It doesn’t. That is what they tell you in the recruitment brochures, but they lie. Don’t buy it girls. It’s all lies! Lies I tell you. If you are a stay at home mom with a new baby, cooking a meal every night is not that easy. Unless you are an octopus. I am not. If you are a stay at home mom with a bunch of little darlings underfoot every day, like I was not that long ago (4 under 5 at one point) it really doesn’t get much easier. Someone is always falling, fighting, crying, needing to nurse, and on and on. I realized the other day that we ate out or got takeout a whole bunch more when my kids were younger. My point in saying all this is leading up to something…promise. I tend to ramble. I am Cajun remember? I like to talk. ha ha!!! Ok anyway, I was “home” more when all the kids were home and I still didn’t have time to fix a meal many days. If I did, I was out of something or forgot to defrost the meat. Mommy brain and exhaustion (dynamic duo) can do that to you. So…you would think that now that my kids are all in school…4th grade, 3rd grade, 1st grade and kindergarten that I would be able to lovingly prepare healthy and delicious homemade meals each night. Yeah…I would like to tell you that I do. I would love to tell you that it all comes together flawlessly each day. Um..no. Sure, I do cook. Obviously I do. I do a lot better with planning my meals these days, unless my cooking ADD kicks in. BUT, you can plan all day, but the best plans can go astray when dealing in the world of kiddos. Carpool. Homework. Yeah, if I don’t get supper started before the monkeys, I mean darlings, get home, it is going to be a long night. Or somebody is eating oatmeal. I’m serious. So…in theory I started this crock pot week for “ya’ll” but it was mighty fine to have supper cooking while I went about my daily business of eating bon bons and watching soaps. bahahahaha!! I wish. 🙂 So I thought to myself as I was serving up those bowls of potato soup how nice it would be for my friends who work outside the home to have a good meal fixed when they get home. Especially if you have kids and after school activities. This just spurred me on. Especially after that potato soup was a WINNER!!! I have really high hopes for this beef stroganoff so we shall see. It is cooking right now so no pics yet, but again I will update. I really hope ya’ll are with me on this crock pot revolution…I need another crock pot though.
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff (from The Crockstar blog…I love that name!)
2 pounds cubed stew meat (I cut up a 2 lb. chuck roast into cubes)
2 cans Condensed Golden Mushroom soup
1 large onion, diced
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire
1/2 cup water
8 oz. cream cheese
salt and pepper, garlic powder, whatever seasoning you like….but I would wait until it has cooked a while to add)
egg noodles, cooked to your liking
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the soups, water, Worcestershire. Pour into the slow cooker. Now add your meat. Cook on low for 6-7 hours (it says 8 but mine never takes the full 8 hours)…turn the crockpot on high and cut cream cheese into cubes and stir it in. Put lid back on and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cream cheese is combined.
Serve over egg noodles.