Funny Bunny Stew


I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o clock in the morning.
-John Barrymore

Funny Bunny Stew is a Hearty, Healthy and Simple to make.
My family has been making various versions of this since I can remember.
My Mother called it Carrot Chowder.
When my kids were little I realized when I would say Carrot in the title of dinner, suddenly they would scatter and eventually try to sneak into the kitchen for Pop Tarts instead.
I started calling it Funny Bunny Stew and the kids started requesting it. 🙂
Funny Bunny Stew sounds strange BUT you’ll find that it is an EXCELLENT way to make a hot, delicious meal that is as nutritious, tasty, and will leave people coming back for seconds.
I serve it in hallowed out pumpkins or gourds with croutons or a cheese crispy and sprinkled with Colby Jack cheese during the Fall for a fun festive flair.
During the winter time, we love to curl up with a steaming bowl of Funny Bunny Stew sprinkled with cheese and served with garlic bread or bagel chips for dunking.
You don’t have to be a rabbit to enjoy this stew.  😉
Bonus that it also cooks without much intervention.
I like to make it when I have baking to do.
The Funny Bunny Stew cooks while I’m busy but able to keep an eye on it.
You will need:
One large Soup Pot WITH lid
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 medium sized Onion chopped (roughly 1/2 a cup or so)
1 1/2 tsp crushed Garlic
1/2-1 Bell Pepper ( I use a little over half- use more for stronger pepper flavor)
1/2 tsp. Lawry’s Season Salt
1/2 tsp. Lawry’s Garlic Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Brown your ground beef WITH your onion, pepper, garlic and seasonings.
When it is done add to your pot:
2 Cans of Cream Of Celery Soup

Budget Tip: Store Brand is often cheaper than Brand Name. Most of the time I find no big difference. Store Brand in this case was $1.75 cheaper for 2 cans.

1/2 cup chopped Celery
2 1/2 cups of shredded Carrots
(You may use your peeler and peel your strips… I find it’s easier to get kids to help to peel something  so it’s a fun way to get them involved and learning to cook!)

Crazy but our .99 Cent Only Store sells these fresh carrot shreds all the time. That saves me so much time and energy! I love it! Shh, I also get our croutons there when I haven’t couponed a great deal already for them. Cheap doesn’t mean bad, it means smart thinking for fresh produce. 🙂

64 oz. Tomato Juice
2 cans whole white potatoes cut into chunks
( You may use fresh potato but you will need to add roughly 1/2 c. more water than calls for)
1 cup Water
Bring all to a boil and then turn it down so that it simmers nicely. Place lid on for about 45 minutes.
I like to stir every 8-10 minutes to prevent burning on the bottom of the pot and so that it cooks evenly.
If your veggies are close to being done you may add:
1 1/2 cups of Elbow Macaroni
Turn up the heat to bring it to a boil.
Add another cup of water if you feel like it’s too thick.
Allow the noodles to cook according to the package instructions.
It will be thick when done.
We all LOVE it sprinkled with Colby Jack Cheese.
Some of the kids like croutons best for dipping. Others like Bagel Chips to dip but the Handsome Prince and I both favor a good french bread or garlic bread.
It’s very flavorful so grown ups and children alike will forget that it is full of veggies!
Plus kids like Noodles.
Kenz likes it when I substitute the noodles for wax beans… weird kid but I’m totally loving it that way too!
Just another way to get more veggies into a meal with people hardly being the wiser. 😉
I make a big pot of Funny Bunny Stew and before I know it, it’s gone.
My kids will end up eating it for breakfast the next morning.
By the time I’m ready for some leftovers, I’m lucky if I get the last bowl. 🙂
Before you know it Funny Bunny Stew will be in you Fall/ Winter Rotation too!
Don’t forget the cheese!
Cheese and noodles disguise the veggies. 😉
Hop to it and make some for your hungry people!
 Pass the carrots,
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