white bowl filled with bacon, carrots, lentils, carrots, with rosemary spring on top. On white marble with red tea towel and wooden spoon.

Bacon Potato Better Than A Flu Shot Stew

 

Bacon potato better than a flu shot stew

This easy stew has all the flavor of bacon and potato you love, with healthy doses of vegetables and garlic to help you stay healthy and warm.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 2 potatoes skin well scrubbed or peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, diced
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper from a grinder
  • 1 1/2 cups broth of choice
  • 2 slices chopped bacon
  • 1/4 cup lentils, sorted and rinsed

Instructions

  1. Stovetop: Combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Cook for at least 45 minutes or until potatoes and lentils are tender, adding water as needed.

  2. Slow Cooker: Combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Cook for 4-6 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low until potatoes and lentils are tender.

  3. Instant Pot: Combine all ingredients. Cook on Manual for 30 minutes, allow natural release. Serve.

white bowl filled with bacon, carrots, lentils, carrots, with rosemary spring on top. On white marble with red tea towel and wooden spoon.

When I’m sick, flu shot stew happens.

I throw myself in the kitchen and desparately put together items in a pot, convinced that if I add enough spices my virus will magically disappear after being sick just a few hours. ( I get a flu shot every year, in case you’re wondering.) That may not actually happen, but I do feel awfully better after a healthy, warming stew. The turmeric adds beautiful color and health benefits. Garlic is a natural antibacterial and I can still taste it even though my sense of smell is diminished. I even get as close as I dare to inhale the steam to hydrate myself. This is also the closest I get to a spa treatment.

white bowl filled with bacon, carrots, lentils, carrots, with rosemary spring on top. On white marble with red tea towel and wooden spoon.

It’s very tempting to eat poorly when I’m sick.

All our cans of soup and frozen foods get eaten. Husband big hearted often brings home dinner. A mom’s job doesn’t normally take a break, either. Crawling 2 Handed has become Toddling 2 Footed! He still needs to eat, and bathe, and play, and get stories read to him. In dire times like this I do watch television when he’s up. I do my best not to normally. We call it being ‘garbage humans.’

white bowl filled with bacon, carrots, lentils, carrots, with rosemary spring on top. On white marble with red tea towel and wooden spoon.

This flu shot stew is a little piece of dignity.

between the packaged dairy free cookies and nutritionally questionable frozen taquitos that have been in our freezer for too long. One perk of being dairy free? Less congestion. So there’s that. I threw this together with things I knew I needed in my diet. Fiber from lentils. Simple carbohydrates (potatoes) for energy. Lots of broth for hydration. Spices bring a whole realm of health benefits. The bacon is a welcome flavor addition that also brings some protein to the table. I had the energy to only throw this all in a pot and let it go. If you need to go out, I included the instant pot and slow cooker versions. This flu shot stew is also a great hearty and healthy soup that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out on flavor.

How do you take care of yourself when you’re sick?

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