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This Ain’t Dinty Moore

Beef stew is one of my all time favorite meals. This meal is good on the first day but grrrreat on the next day.  I guess the only thing that makes this meal better is when mom visits and makes it for me.  Oh, and about mom making it for me its her own recipe and she didn’t really have it written down.  So…it has been passed down to me through the oral tradition, its one of those “its a little of this and a little of that” kind of recipes.

*Side note:  My favorite sides for this meal are  cornbread and a salad with red wine vinaigrette dressing.

The Recipe:

Beef Stew

1½-2 lbs.of beef, cubed (round or sirloin steak)
¾ c. flour
½ t. salt (this measurement will be used 2 times in the recipe)
¼ t. pepper (this measurement will be used 2 times in the recipe)
1 pckg. sliced baby carrots
6 medium to large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks of celery, diced
¼ t. crushed red peppers
2 pckgs. of powdered brown gravy
3 c. water

Put beef cubes in a medium plastic bag with flour, ½ t. salt, and ¼ t. pepper. Shake bag to cover meat. Brown the meat in a small amount of oil. Add meat, vegetables, gravy, water, ½ t. salt, and ¼ t. pepper to baking dish or slow cooker. Stir all ingredients together and make sure gravy powder is dissolved. Cook until vegetables are tender.

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  • lunchitpunchit January 7, 2011, 5:38 pm

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  • Mandy January 7, 2011, 1:43 pm

    I love our mama’s beef stew!!! It is the best!!! Definately better the second day!

  • Amy in OHio January 7, 2011, 1:52 pm

    I think one of my problems is that I eat too light at lunchtime (breakfast too). I do WW and I hoard those points like they are gold. I need a heartier lunch so I’m not so ravenous come dinner time.

    I’m going to give this a try.

    • FM January 8, 2011, 1:44 pm

      Amy, I can definitely relate! I pack good size lunches, but I also pack snacks to help get me through the day…a banana, peanut butter and crackers, or my current favorite pistachios. I usually try to have a couple of snacks packed or on hand to get me to lunch and/or supper.

      If I don’t do this I tend to find my hand making its way over to our community candy drawer a little too often 🙂

  • Amy in OHio January 7, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Oh, forgot to ask – I know you said cook til tender, but what is the ballpark on cook time you think?

  • Lindy January 7, 2011, 6:06 pm

    Mandy you know we like mom’s stew. Amy I believe the cook until tender means you can get a knife to cut through the veggie easily. It maybe a couple of hours give or take. I may have to get back to you on that one.

  • Jeff January 13, 2011, 12:43 am

    Love the site, congrats, belatedly on the blog launch!

    Beef stew is a favorite of mine, too. I like to put a bit of orange zest in at the end for that “bright note.” But that’s just me. 🙂

    • Lin January 13, 2011, 10:47 am

      Jeff, I bet the orange zest adds a little zing. It sounds like something I should try the next time I make it.

  • Andi January 13, 2011, 10:16 am

    Jeff! Thanks for stopping by, I know you’re a long-time lunch packer, so I’m thrilled you love the site.

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