This one is a little odd, but I love it.
cooking time ~ 4 hours ideally, 45 minutes if you want a rush job
Beef/mushroom stew and oats
serves 4, but I sometimes eat it in two sittings
2tbsp olive oil
1lb top round chunks (or stew beef)
3 cloves of garlic
8oz baby bella mushrooms
1tbsp mushroom bullion (sp?)
peeled baby carrots, bout a cup/1.5c
fresh parsley (just eyeball it to your liking)
~2 cups water
~2 cups oats
in the bottom of a large pot, saute onions until they turn translucent. Chop the garlic cloves and add, cooking until they begin to brown. Add and brown the beef. After browning, add mushroom bullion and water, stirring thoroughly. Chop parsley and add to the pot along with the baby carrots. Bring to a boil, then cover reduce to low heat. If you are in a rush 45 minutes will work, otherwise cook for 4 hours (this way the beef will almost fall apart and become incredibly soft). In the last 5 minutes, add the oats while stirring. The goal is to soak nearly all the liquid up so you have a semi-solid beef stew.
When I can afford to, I want to try this with a giant leg of lamb and cook it all day.
Along the same lines, I have a beef stew with prunes that is absolutely delicious