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    Make it Jamaican

    Ingredients:

    1 lb meat

    (I prefer beef cubes, but you can use chicken, tofu, venison, or any meat you can cut into cubes)

    3 teaspoons of Save the Day Jamaican Seasoning

    (We won’t use it all at once so save one teaspoon aside for later)

    1 tsp oil

    (for browning the meat I use grapeseed or vegetable oil, you may use any oil you like or have on hand)

    2 cans of beans

    (I suggest kidney beans but it is your meal, so use a bean you like)

    2 cups Chopped Vegetables

    (For this recipe I use 1 bell pepper, 1 white onion, and 2 green onion stalks, chopped, some might like diced carrot and jalapeño, or purple onion and celery.)

    2 Cups Water

    (You can use broth if you like but it is not necessary)

    1 Cup Coconut Milk

    (This addition is for flavor and consistency, I recommend it, however replace if necessary with milk or unsweetened milk substitute)

    1 Cup Flour

    (Use any kind of flour or flour blend for the dumplings or skip this step because it is optional)

    1 tsp Salt

    (You can use any Save the Day Seasoning to replace the salt in the dumplings)

    Tools Needed:

    Pressure Cooker (if you don't have a pressure cooker, just use a heavy pot on the stove and add extra liquid as needed) , skillet, long handled spoon, mixing bowl.

     

    Directions:

    Cut your meat into cubes and season with 2 tsp of the Jamaican Seasoning. Heat oil on a skillet and brown the seasoned meat. Add the beans and meat to pressure cooker with 2 cups of water (add carrots, onions, potatoes or other vegetables you are using at this time as well). Pressure cook for 20 minutes or until everything is tender. While pressure cooking, add flour and salt or other seasoning to mixing bowl. Add a little water at a time until your flour mixture becomes a smooth dough. Roll small pinches of dough between your hands (add flour to hands to prevent sticking). When done pressure cooking, return your meal to the skillet and add coconut milk, reserved teaspoon of seasoning, and green onions. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Add the dough to the top of your stew and allow to simmer until done. Remove from heat and serve warm.

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