Wednesday 13 February 2013

Mama's Stew

Foodies100 has teamed up with  Morphy Richards and is calling out for your delicious recipe recommendations that have a healthy twist. Maybe it’s a simple switch from ordinary potato to sweet potato? Or cooking a leaner cut of meat in your trusty slow cooker? The more creative the better! We want to hear about your best recipes (that have a healthy twist) and if you impress the judges with them, you could be in with the chance of winning an Intellisteam Compact from Morphy Richards.

Here is my entry .....Mama's Stew

My Twist - To make this dish even healthier
Use a very lean lamb cut... ensuring you cut off all the fat...By using the Gravy you do not need to add any extra salt to the dish at all...season with pepper and omit the dumplings and use sweet potatoes for an healthier alternative.

All ingredients are approx feel free to add more or less adjusting liquids accordingly.

350g of Lean Lamb cut into cubes
2 Onions
5 handfuls of red lentil
3 Handfuls of pre soaked and semi cooked Pearl Barley
1 1/2 Pint Gravy - 2 heaped Tbs gravy granules per 1 Pint*
I carrot
2/3 Potatoes (use sweet potatoes for healthier options)
1/2pint water
There is no need to add any salt to the dish due to the gravy... just a little pepper.

Will feed family 4


I  always pre-cook lentils and pearl barley..
Add all ingredient (Except potatoes and red pre-cooked  red lentils) into deep saucepan including
1 pint of gravy and the pearl barley.

Bring to boil and cook on a low heat for 1 1/2  hrs adding water/gravy when required...Leave on a very low heat...... in the last 1/2 hr of cooking add potatoes and red lentils.....
(The reason I add towards end is that the lentils tend to dissolve completely).
Add this point you may also want to add some dumplings.

Cook further for another half an hour on a low heat.
It's that simple serve with some bread rolls simple healthy meal...also perfect for freezing ahead.

* I tend to use less gravy the then recommend amount on pack as the meat and vegetables add flavour.