"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home,
For the heart can rest."
~Henry Van Dyke~
I usually buy a large roast that is on sale and cube the meat into stewing meat or stir-fry strips etc. and freeze them in portion sizes that I would use for one meal. You would be surprised as to how much money you are able to save if you do a little of the work your self. This stew has very simple ingredients with that, comes a good and flavorful homemade earthy goodness, better known as, "Good ol' comfort food". Start with a fresh salad, then serve the stew along with your favorite biscuit or bun and a nice fruit crisp for dessert and your family will be very happy!
- 2 lbs of cubed beef
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 carton of low sodium beef broth (or equivalent bouillon cubes and water about 4 cups)
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 sprigs of fresh parsley
- 3 large carrots
- 1 1lb of sauteed mushrooms (didn't have any today but we like them)
- 3 potatoes cubed
- 1 cup each of frozen green peas and green beans
- 2 heaping tbsp of cornstarch or gravy maker
- Brown the beef in the oil, add onions and garlic til onions are softened.
- Add the beef broth, bay leaf and parsley. Cover and simmer until the meat is tender. Depending on the cut of meat it could be one hour to three hours.
- Add carrots and potatoes, cook 20 more minutes.
- Add the sauteed mushrooms, peas and beans.
- Add the cornstarch or gravy maker dissolved in a little bit of water, and cook til thick and the raw taste of the cornstarch is gone, about 5 minutes.
- Take off the heat and let stand for about ten minutes.
- Now is a good time to start with that salad.