Try as we might to remain calm and serene during this holiday season, sometimes the self-generated stress of it all gets the better of us.
So let’s not let dinner present any more pressure to our already blow-a-gasket days. Grab your slow cooker out of the recesses of your cabinet and put it to work while you go about your shopping, decorating, gingerbread-making, carol-singing, ice-skating wonderful life.
Personally, I plan to watch some favorite holiday movies with my family instead of doing my chores or shopping (which I sort of hate). Who’s with me? Here’s what I like, and I don’t care what professional film critics say. I like what I like.
1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
2. A Charlie Brown Christmas
4. The Polar Express
5. Love Actually
6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
7. The Family Man
Now that you have lost all respect for me in the cinema department, I hope to regain your respect in the kitchen with this uber-easy, hearty, warming soup. It cooks all day in the slow cooker, so you can just put in all the ingredients before work or at the beginning of your day, and forget it.
Or, how about this? Put everything in there after dinner and cook it overnight. Wake up and simply put it in the refrigerator before you leave for the day, to be reheated when you get home. Either way, dinner is ready.
This soup is chock-full of stewing beef (a satisfying cost-conscious cut you’ll often find on sale), vegetables, barley and greens. Ladle into bowls for serving and fling on some freshly grated Parmesan. Mmmmm…it has more umami than you are entitled to.
If you serve it with crusty bread and a glass of wine for the adults, you’ll be declared an angel.
Can you handle the pressure of that?
This week our Sunday Supper cooks are celebrating Easy Holiday Entertaining with beef, sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. For more meal ideas, see our 20 delicious recipes below, and follow our beef Pinterest board . Join me in following The Beef Checkoff on social media: Website  | Twitter  | Facebook  | Pinterest . I don’t know about you, but I enjoy being at the top of the food chain. 🙂
Now let’s hit the kitchen. Sunday Supper will be here before you know it!
- Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon  by MealDiva
- Chipotle Beef Taco Bites  by Feed Me, Seymour
- Mini Beef Wellingtons  by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Pepper Steak in Wonton Cups  by Flavor Mosaic
- Philly Cheesesteak Dip  by Life Tastes Good
Brunch or Breakfast for a Crowd
- Beef Sausage, Egg and Cheese Roll Ups  by Daily Dish Recipes
- Beef Tenderloin Benedict  by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Fried Steak  by kimchi MOM
- Potato Pancakes with Filet Mignon and Fried Eggs  by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Steak and Egg Breakfast Braid  by Curious Cuisiniere
- Awesome Avocado Steak Tacos  by Cooking Chat
- Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce  by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cider Beef Stew  by Magnolia Days
- Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup  by Shockingly Delicious
- Steak & Mushroom Pie  by The Messy Baker
- Beef and Bean Enchilada Bake  by The Foodie Army Wife
- Braised Beef Ravioli  by Family Foodie
- Mom’s Lasagna  by Alida’s Kitchen
- Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs  by Casa de Crews
- Skillet Steak Fajitas  by Crazy Foodie Stunts
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.