What a Crock! Greek Stew

by Rachel on November 12, 2009

Last week, I talked about experimenting with different types of meat, including lamb. If you’re up for that, here’s a really hearty recipe to try!

I made this for Julia when I visited her in DC and wanted to earn my room and board. She studied abroad in Greece, so I figured it was fitting. I put it in the crock pot early so when we walked into her apartment after our amazing run around the monuments, it made our happy run even happier.

Ingredients

One pound lamb loin

1 can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp chopped mint

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp basil

1/4 tsp thyme

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1 can low-sodium chickpeas

1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

3 cups baby spinach

2 cups low-sodium broth

2 tsp grated lemon zest

This is How We Do It

Put the lamb in slow cooker and season with garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook on high for 1-2 hours.

Remove lamb from slow cooker and pull meat from bone. Shred the meat up a bit, and toss the bones. (It should be pretty tender at this point.) Put back in slow cooker with tomatoes and onion. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Mash half the chickpeas, and add chickpeas, lemon, broth, artichoke, and spinach. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve!

We had the stew with pita, hummus, and a big plate of raw veggies (peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots).

It was a great, healthy fall dinner. I expected it to come out more spicy and Italian tasting, but it’s definitely more mild, and definitely Greek. I’ve never really experimented with artichokes before, but I’m sold.

Looking in the bowl, there were just so many healthy things in it! Tomatoes, spinach, beans, lean meat….amazing. After we ate, Julia was so happy from the food and the run. I explained to her that that’s why I’m in a constant state of excitement…I run and then I eat food like this!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joanna November 12, 2009 at 8:14 am

I could live on hummus and pita.

Oh, and you can be a guest in my home anytime! ;-)
.-= Joanna´s last blog ..The Fit Female Credo =-.

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2 Kaytee November 12, 2009 at 9:02 am

Artichokes & spinach in a stew? I’m down. Sounds great.
.-= Kaytee´s last blog ..Party in the ATX, Pt. 1 =-.

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3 erin November 12, 2009 at 10:10 am

i wonder how this would be without the lamb. (flexitarian) it looks Ahmazing!

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4 Rachel November 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I think it would work without the lamb; I’d probably just add more chickpeas, or maybe do chickpeas and cannelini beans to mix it up a little!

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5 Julia November 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Ok, I think I need to emphasize how f-ing good this stew is, although words probably can’t do it justice. When we walked in the door to my apartment, it was this wonderful Mediterranean aroma – the lemon zest, the tomatoes, the meat. All of the ingredients (surprisingly) went really well together and each spoonful was extremely satisfying. If anything, we could have used a little more broth to balance out all of the hearty ingredients and being a little less healthy than Rachel, I would have added a little more salt some where in there to bring out even more flavor because we ended up salting/peppering at the end anyway. In short, MAKE THIS STEW!

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