This hearty veggie beef fall-apart slow-cooker casserole is a nutritional powerhouse and go-to for me and my family. I usually have this at least once a week and it’s usually when I don’t feel like cooking! I simply make a batch, cool it, portion it and freeze it. I pop a portion out of my freezer, heat in a pot on the stove, and serve. Often I will team it with a side salad and/ or half of one of my Beyond Bread Buns, or my Flat-Bread Chapati, or a slice of my Humble Seed Loaf. It’s also perfect on its own, or even not as a main meal, but as a protein-rich snack to get you to your next meal if you need one. This soup is super satiating and if you’re looking for mega nutritional density – you have come to the right place!
There’s just SO much goodness in this bowl I cannot overstate it enough! I use my Healing Bone Broth recipe for the bone broth in this soup. I make it ahead of time and freeze it to use in recipe applications. I have been making traditional bone broth in my slow-cooker for years for my family as it is incredible for gut health. You can choose a store-bought bone broth if preferred. Opt for pasture-raised and grass-fed bone broth wherever possible. Although this is a hearty Autumn/Fall Winter dish it’s also delicious during the spring and summer – we have it year-round! It’s definitely a staple in our home. I had a bowl once a week when I was recovering from my accident. It is loaded with collagen, which accounts for 1/3 of all our total body protein and keeps our skin youthful, and our bones, teeth, and ligaments strong. Collagen is a rich source of the amino acids glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline which are extremely beneficial for gut health.