As the temperatures drop in our neck of the woods, I find myself craving thick, hearty meals like a Traditional Beef Stew*. This tasty crock pot dish serves 4-6 people and is full of flavor and nutrients; V8 juice is the heart of the broth.
This recipe is the perfect solution for the "I don't feel like cooking, but want a nice meal to come home to" dilemma. Besides, it gives you a reason to make some tasty biscuits to go along with it!
Traditional Beef Stew
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 1 lb of stew meat, cut into small pieces
* 1 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 1/2 cups red potatoes cut into small chunks
* 3 cups mixed frozen vegetables
* 1/4 of one red onion, diced
* 1 beef bouillon cube
* 2 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
* 1 teaspoon oregano
* 1 teaspoon basil
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 bay leaves
* 4, 5.5 oz cans of V8 juice
* 1/4 bag of egg noodles**
**If your kids are just going to be eating the "egg noodle special", then make a 1/2 bag of egg noodles.
Step 1: Cut meat into small pieces and place in the ziploc bag with flour. Seal the bag and shake until meat is covered with flour.
Step 6: Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and add to stew right before serving. (If your kids won't eat stew meat, serve them the "egg noodle special" – egg noodles covered in all the good stuff sans the meat.)
*The original recipe can be found in the Better Homes & Gardens Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes. I was unable to find a link to the original recipe on the Better Homes & Gardens web site. The recipe above has been modified to suit my tastes.