To accompany last week’s recipe, I wanted to post another SIMPLE and EASY week night meal for the up and coming Start of School. Like I said last week, schedules get crazy and hectic this time of year. The days start off by waking up, and there is plenty of work/school/extra-curriculars in between. Suddenly it’s 6:00pm, and you realize, “Oh. Dinner. Right.” Last week, I shared a great Baked Ziti recipe. I’ll add another recipe to add to your Busy Week recipe box, so it will be stocked once school hits!
I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, Laura. She has 3 kids, and is my “go-to” Mom resource (“Help! I have a newborn! What do I do?” and “How do you discipline a toddler?” and, of course, “What should I make for dinner?”). She’s awesome. I made this recipe a LOT last Winter, as it’s hot and heavy and filling. It’s so simple and easy, though, I think it is a great meal for the Autumn as well.
This would be a great meal to make in the morning and let simmer on the stove all day. It’s also easily made in the evening, if you can spare an hour for prep/cook time. Otherwise, SAVE YOURSELF THE TROUBLE: Make it the night before, after the kids go to sleep. Put it in the fridge. Reheat it when you get home from the 5,620 things you have to do the next day.
And, can I say it smells AMAZING while it’s cooking? It does.
Stovetop Veggie-Beef Stew
•2 pkg stew meat (I usually cut the pieces a bit smaller)
•1 medium onion, chopped (did you know you can freeze
onion to use later?)
•1 large potato, diced (about 1 inch)
•1/4-1/2 cup red wine
•frozen veggies – carrots, peas, green beans, corn, etc. — your choice
•1 can tomato paste
•seasonings – salt & pepper, oregano (to taste)
•1/2 cup shredded cheddar (optional)
1) Saute onion and meat in olive oil in a large soup pot until meat is somewhat browned.
2) Add potatoes and saute until somewhat browned.
3) Add red wine and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and let simmer for roughly 20-30 minutes.
4) Add veggies, cheese (OPTIONAL), tomato paste & seasonings to taste, bring to a boil, then simmer another 30 minutes.
5) Serve with crusty bread and ENJOY!
Now, when I made it, I did NOT use the optional cheese. It was delectable enough without it. If you are a cheese fan, add it in or sprinkle it over the top. Yum!
If you have a BIG family, or hope for a LOT of leftovers, double the recipe. We had plenty of leftovers with our family of 3 – but every family is different.
Have a great week!
To read more about Steph’s life and recipes, check out her personal blog, Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom.