Happy New Year! For this year I am teaming up with a great group of cooks, and we will be Dishing It Up! Since so many people make New Year’s resolutions, we are putting together a few recipes that may help you keep them. Three of the top five resolutions usually include: Lose Weight, Improve Your Health, and Spend Less/Save More. One of the best ways to accomplish all three of these goals is to cook at home.
Over the last few months, we had a few cooks leave the group and added a few new ones. Now Dishing It Up are: Crunchy Frugalista, Deals From MS Do, Eating with Mimi, My Coupon Lady, and The Spring Mount 6 Pack, We are all very different in the types of things we blog about, so I’m sure that between us, we have something to offer for everyone.
For the month of January 2012, there will be several yummy soups, salads, and other sides to go with them to help keep those resolutions to lose weight, improve your health, and save money.
And now on to the Stew. This is a stew my mom has been making for me since I was a little girl. And as soon as I moved out, I started making it at my new house. Now I make it for my kids. As soon as the weather turns to the slightest chill, you can bet I will be making this.
Beef Vegetable Stew
- 2 pounds of stewing cubes or you can cut a chuck roast into strips
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups of carrots carrots, chopped into bite size pieces
- 2 cups potatoes, cup up
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- Salt, Pepper and garlic powder
First salt, pepper, and sprinkle garlic on the stewing cubes. Then sear off the meat on all sides in a small amount of oil. Add the carrots, onions and potatoes and saute for about 2 minutes more. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, and add the crushed garlic, more salt and pepper. Add enough water to cover the ingredients, more if you like a thinner stew, less for a thicker stew.
Cook, covered, until everything is fork tender, about an hour.
I love putting this all in the crock pot instead of the stove, as well. This is one of those meals that taste even better the next day after everything has melded together, if it makes it to the next day.
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