Beef Shank Stew and No Power

Yep, the leftover queen strikes again!Β  This time in breakfast form:

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 1/4 cup fat free refried beans
  • 1 scrambled egg
  • 2 ounces leftover taco chicken from the night before last
  • 1/2 ounce shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped romaine
  • taco bell taco sauce πŸ˜€

This was a supa filling breakfast for 10 points.

It’s official – I am sick.Β  Not horribly sick, but when I woke up yesterday morning it sounded as if I had just smoked a pack of marlboros.Β  My chest feels a bit tight and now my runny/stuffy nose is sneezing a lot.Β  So I took yet a 3rd rest day from exercise.

I remembered I had my leftover Irish potato soup in the fridge at work, and thought that would hit the spot.Β  However, I forgot I fed one more person at the office and realized I had about 1/2 aΒ cup of soup.Β  I am generous to a fault, aren’t I?! πŸ˜€

So I went across the street to Jimmy John’s and got the #5 Vito – no cheese, mayo, tomato or onion, but extra hot peppers. πŸ˜€Β  11 points.

And for everyone who was interested in the pumpkin spiced marshmallows yesterday, here’s what the package looks like – and like the packaging says, these are good for snacking!Β  I bought them at Wal-mart and they were in the center aisle with all the baking stuff.

A few weeks ago I bought beef shank meat – check out how cheap it is!

I wasn’t sure exactly how to treat the beef shank, soΒ I decided its such a cheap cut of beef, that I would use my slow cooker, and made a version of beef shank stew:

Biz’s Beef Shank Stew

  • makes 6 servings for 5 WW pointsΒ  (198 calories, 4.2 fat, 24 carbs, 3.5 fiber and 16 protein)

Ingredients:

  • 3 beef shanks (I ended up getting 12 ounces of meat after removing fat and the marrow bone)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups chopped carrots (about 5 large)
  • 1 pound red potatoes, scrubbed, and sliced (I left the skin on)

Spray the bottom of your crock pot with Pam.Β  Add frozen beef shanks to the bottom, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Peel and sliced the carrots, add them to the crock pot.Β  Dice the potatoes into big chunks and add to the pot.

In large bowl mix vinegar, olive oil, flour, tomato juice, tomato juice and stir until the flour is completely dissolved.Β  Pour mixture over beef and veggies, then add the 2 cups beef broth.

Cook on 8 hours.Β 

When I got home, I took the beef shank out, took out the marrow bone, cut away any visible fat, shredded the meat and then mixed it all together.Β  Holy yum, I am sure the marrow helped add a depth of flavor to this dish.Β  I didn’t notice the beads of fat in my gravy until I took a picture.

The meat was so tender, but I have a feeling this is more than 5 points, so I am calling it 9 points and with a slice of my beer bread to soak up the gravy, dinner comes in at 12 points.

We were just sitting down to dinner when the lights started to flicker on and off.Β  Tony yelled “go run turn off the computer!”Β  I raced to the back of the house, unplugged it and turned off the lights – it was super stormy and high winds.Β  It was still kinda light out so we enjoyed our meal sans Wheel of Fortune.

So we did the only thing we could do.Β  We went out for beers!Β  We had to adapt and survive people!Β  So we found a bar that had a parking spot right in front and lo and behold they had $2 Miller Lites.Β  Even though they had Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest AND Blue Moon on tap, I stuck with the light beer.Β  Um, maybe I had three. πŸ˜€

Then we drove to the bar close to our house, who for some reason had power.Β  Had my 4th beer there when one of the patrons got a call from their house saying the power was back on.Β  It was probably around 9:30.Β  As soon as we step out of the bar, all the lights go off.

We both had had enough beer, so we went home anyway – and the power was on! Woot!Β  I start cleaning the kitchen, then the power goes out again – this time for another hour and a half – it finally came on around 11 as I was going to bed.

Here is a sequence of pictures of our weather.Β  The first picture was when I was walking into my office:

The next picture was when I was driving home – it was super sunny and blue skies on one side and dark angry clouds on the other:

This is the last long road I take to get to our house.

I guess we can’t complain too much – the last time our power went out it was off for 4 days!Β  It was fun hanging out with you Tony! πŸ˜€

Okay, I need your help – Tony bought me this big container of baby spinach, now I need ideas on how to use it up – any recipes left in the comments section would be appreciated! πŸ˜€

Stats for Thursday:

  • 49 points – I think 16 points for the beer?Β  I need to double check that
  • no exercise
  • average blood sugar 112

Happy Friday!Β  Make it a great day.Β  Not looking forward to my WI tomorrow, but I am going anyway.Β  Not sure how my lack of exercise is gonna effect the WI – tune in tomorrow to find out. πŸ˜€

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34 thoughts on “Beef Shank Stew and No Power

  1. Ugh, I have got to find those dang marshmallows!! lol

    I’m also sick, I hope you get better soon! If Blue Moon is on tap, I can never, ever pass it up!! Yum!

  2. Our power went off about the same length of time. It was out all over town so Andrew walked over to the police station (about four blocks) to see what was going on and they didn’t know!! According to the paper this morning, it was very widespread (oddly so) and no real explanation. It affected Illinois and Indiana. We never thought of trying to find a bar!! = )

    Best,
    Bonnie

    • It was a gut reaction – faced with such hardship, what else could we do?! πŸ˜€

      I am bummed we missed recording all of the Thursday night shows. 😦

  3. As far as the spinach – I really like green monster smoothies (I do milk, banana, spinach & peanut butter in mine), and spinach is a great salad base, added to soups or just serve whatever’s for dinner on top!

  4. Still jealous of your delicious breakfasts! I hope you feel better. Its just that time of year….Jimmy Johns! I haven’t been in forever but I love their bread (and giant pickles). Glad you two had fun last night

  5. Breakfast looks amazing!!! I hope you feel better soon! I love making Italian Wedding Soup with leftover spinach http://hernewweigh.blogspot.com/2009/10/recipe-from-grandmom.html

    • I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Italian soup recipe with eggs in it – definitely going to give this one a try. And I may add some crushed red peppers to the meatballs. I like spicy balls. πŸ˜€

  6. My unpassable beer on tap is Dogfish Head Punkin. So delish!

    Hope your power comes back soon!

  7. Hope you kick of this cold/congestion soon. I can imagine the beef stew and [4] beers made you feel a bit better. heehee

    I don’t have any spinach recipes because it is never around long enough as I steam it up and eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I love the stuff.

  8. I love how you battle power outages! Spinach artichoke dip pizza would be good for the pizza. Here is a good baseline recipe http://www.laaloosh.com/2011/09/27/hot-spinach-artichoke-dip-recipe/. Throw in some jalapenos, top it with cheese. Good stuff! Have a great weekend, hope you feel better.

    • FYI, Jacky Hackettacky is my super hero name πŸ˜‰

      • Thanks Jacky – love the super hero name! πŸ˜€

      • I remember hnivag beef curry for my birthday tea.. It was cooked very slowly and very well.It was the most amazing food i had ever tasted in my life. I can’t get enough of curry/satai’sThe problem is beef takes too long to make on a regular occasion, Chicken satai is good enough though

      • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HOLLER! Hope you had a fabulous day and relaly let yourself be celebrated! :)And that soup DOES look fabulous. Congrats to Soma. I haven’t been able to enter NCR in ages. . . I relaly must get it together this month, as I’d love to do a tomato dish!

  9. I don’t know if you like to eat spinach raw but this is my favorite spinach salad with strawberries! I could eat the entire bowl all by myself – in fact I think I have!

    http://nutmegnotebook.com/2010/03/strawberry-spinach-salad/

  10. I love that when the power went out, y’all went out for beers! I just bought the Blue Moon Pumpkin and it’s pretty darn good. I’d love to find one that has more spice to it if you have any suggestions! As far as spinach goes….I’m not much help, I use it in smoothies, salads or just toss it in whatever I happen to be cooking!

  11. That is a really pretty view on your drive home! Hope you have a great weekend!!!

  12. Yay thanks for the marshmallow share!! That soup looks amazing and I bet the marrow knocked it out of this world. I’ll need to remember to do that in the future!

  13. Looks like a lake effect sky to me…do you get lake effect? I hate it. It makes the weather so dang unpredictable. We are supposed to get cold this weekend..and since lake erie is warm…we will be getting lake effect!

    I frequently buy that big ass clam shell container of organic baby spinach from costco…I think my fav way to use it is in my breakfast. Here is a link to a 4pp egg beater omelet: http://mykitchenadventures1.blogspot.com/2010/11/spinach-goat-cheese-and-roasted-red.html but I also love to make pasta and throw it in there…either cooked or raw at the bottom of my plate. Spaghetti sauce loves spinach! πŸ™‚

  14. I could almost taste the stew through the computer- and it was fantastic! LOL

  15. Ahhh – pumpkin marshmallows? EEEK! I must go on a mission to find them…

  16. I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. That is the worst.
    Those pumpkin marshmallows sound amazing! I will take anything with pumpkin. πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend, Biz!

  17. A few things – I noticed you switched your content to the left side of the page:) And I love how you conquer no power, but beer! Love it.

    Spinach – put on pizza (which I know you’ll probably eat once this week). Put in an egg casserole, if you have leftover stew put it in there or maybe in some mac and cheese?

  18. When I have a ton of spinach left, I usually sautee it and add it to lasagna or pasta. πŸ˜‰

  19. Good luck on your weigh-in tomorrow! Love that you went out and found a place to be when your power went out. πŸ™‚ We lose power a lot here, and next time I’m going to the Road Kill! πŸ™‚ I love to just saute spinach with chili sauce and add in some water chestnuts and bean sprouts for crunch. Spicy and crunchy, what could be better???

  20. I find that using spinach in smoothies is the easiest way for me to use up the stuff before it goes bad. Or, make a blended green soup with potatoes and whatnot. Yum!

  21. Send some of that stew down I-55 please LOL

  22. At the very end of cooking soups or stews, stir in several handfuls of fresh spinach and let wilt from the residual heat. Yum!.

  23. WE would have gone out for drinks too, it’s the only sensible thing to do. Ooh when I could drink beer I loved Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest. YUM!

    I love using up spinach with eggs. And cheese!

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