We met Kitt Ritchie and Katherine Hall, the owners of Hall’s Kitchen at a Food Forward event and got a jar of Moroccan Stew to bring home! I must admit I didn’t know what to expect out of instant stew where all you have to do is heat it up to eat. There were signs that this was no ordinary stew, first it’s actually cooked and personally made by Katherine Hall using all fresh ingredients, no preservatives, GMO free, trans fat free, gluten/yeast/dairy free!
Taking a closer look at the ingredients, all of them are actually pronounceable and recognizable:
Vegetable stock (water, carrots, onions, celery, leeks), sweet potatoes, tomatoes, chick peas, onions, peanuts, celery, currants, ginger, garlic, curry powder, chili powder, cumin, coriander, lemon juice, sunflower oil, sea salt.
The stew was incredibly delicious and the easiest meal I’ve ever “made”. For less than $10, it easily feeds 4 big appetites and makes you feel good that you just had an actually healthy instant meal.
Here are the simple steps in making this dinner. It took 5 hours in the slowcooker to make the tender lamb.
1. Pour out contents of the Rockin’ Moroccan Stew into slow cooker
I was happy to see large chunks of real vegetables in the jar but a little scared that the slow cooking might turn all the veggies soggy. It actually held together quite well. An alternative is to slow cook the lamb by itself with a lil bit of water then just add the stew in the last hour. Another alternative is to ditch the lamb since the stew itself was delicious.
2. Add 1 lb of lamb meat/bone – I used lamb shoulders.
3. Slowcook on high for 5 hours and serve. The seasoning was perfect for me but others were happier with some more salt.
Before Hall’s Kitchen I had never taken pre-made soups and stews seriously thinking that I had to make it myself to ensure that it is healthy and delicious. For less than $10, Hall’s Kitchen stew is perfect for people who are too busy to cook who still care about how it tastes and being healthy. I can’t wait to try all of their lineup of soups and stews. Look for it at the Big Carrot in Toronto and other healthy grocery stores.