Tuesday, April 16, 2024
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Poor Man’s Stew

Looking for a cheap meal this week? I made this poor man’s stew for $6.24 and it feeds five people! I put ground beef, red potatoes, carrots, onions, a clove of garlic (not in the picture, I had it handy), tomato paste, water and seasoning in my slow cooker, I cooked it all day to make this poor man’s stew.
The inspiration for this meal came from my old favorite movie, The Princess Bride. This week I finished the book As You Wish- Inconceivable Tales from the shooting of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (the man in black), a fantastic read if you are a big fan of the film. My husband and I watched the film again after we both read the book from behind the scenes, and we had a good laugh knowing what the characters had gone through during the scenes. I made a stew similar to the one you see in the movie where Fezzic (Andre the Giant) hand-fed Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) a nice stew trying to sober him up so they could go find and save Westley.
If you haven’t seen “The Princess Bride”, you’ll still like this low-budget stew. Not only is it cheap, but it’s very easy to do and it really hits the spot. I recommend serving this stew with regular bread covered with butter. Enjoy!


1 pound of ground beef, browned and drained
1.5 pounds of potatoes, cut into large cubes
3 carrots, sliced
1 onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced (I already had this handy)
1 can of tomato paste
2 cups of water
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of dried oregano


Add the cooked ground beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and garlic to a 5-quart slow cooker.
In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, onion powder and oregano. Pour this mixture over anything in the slow cooker. Stir.
Cover and cook in LOW for 6-7 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time.
Serve with buttered sandwich bread.

source : tomatohero.