Slow Cooker Beef Stew Rice

This last week has bombarded me with reflections. Reflections of the countless blessings that I have. I believe that the 4th of July can do that. What an incredible privilege it is to live in America! No matter the chaos that takes place in the government offices, it is still a blessing to have a the Constitution and a nation founded on solid principles. It takes leaving the great land of America to be reminded of how wonderful it really is.

For example, I was greatly intrigued by the experiences of a couple who had been in the Philippines for the last 18 months. They told of the millions of homeless children who live on the streets and scavenge for food. The woman recounted a story of a boy who was 13 and homeless. He was left with the great responsibility of finding food for his siblings. The boy would dig through garbage to find any possible food that had been discarded. In great detail, she recounted the sadness of his life and how he was without hope. He only lived to survive and did not have any hope for the future.

I have realized the priceless value of hope. Hope drives me to set goals and look to the future. Without hope, I would be in a deep dark abyss unable to escape. Unlike the boy in the above paragraph, I feel extremely blessed to live in the land of America and have the hope to achieve my dreams. I am definitely filled with hope for my future health, since I have the knowledge and ability to cook all natural foods. Although there are countless artificial foods to consume, I have great hope that through selective shopping and growing my own garden I can eat well. This all natural, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Slow Cooker Beef Stew Rice tastes great and helps me to meet my goals of eating preservative free foods.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Rice

3 cups homemade beef broth
3 cups water
3 long peeled carrots
3 celery ribs
1 cup brown rice
2 cups leftover roast beef
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp sea salt
In a slow cooker, add the carrots, celery, rice, roast beef, beef broth and water (I usually bring my liquids to a boil in a pan before adding them to the slow cooker. This speeds up the cooking time, but it is not mandatory). Mix well. Add the thyme, basil, pepper, and sea salt. Mix well. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 5-6 hours. Check it at five hours to make sure it has enough liquid and if the vegetables are tender. If it needs more liquid, add more water. When I heat my water up before adding it to the slow cooker, it takes five hours to cook and it has enough liquid.

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