I was a working mother and had to come up with things that tasted good, was fast to make, and my kids(five) and hubby would eat. I came up with this. Its simple, very tasty, and best of all easy. I call it Red Stew....Under stand this can be added to, or subtracted from to add your
own favorite veggies. You add everything to the pot, including the raw stew beef. Set it to boil, then simmer till potatoes are tender. During the summer you can add fresh veggies instead of canned. Also the measurements are not exact. If you like more green beans add more. If you want it all veggie leave out the beef. Add more meat if you like it more meaty. The key to this stew is its flavor. It is wonderful and very forgiving. Everybody I have shared this with loves it. It works well for college students as well as newlyweds. It also freezes well. Add some hot crusty bread or corn bread and you are in heaven. You may make it as spicy as you want by adding a little additional hot sauce.
In a large pan dump in the following...
1)one can of corn( drained)
2)one can of green beans(drained)
3)one can of peas(drained)
4)fresh carrots(the amount depends on how much you like them). I use the baby carrots, no cutting necessary. I grab a small package, rinse them and just throw them in whole.
5)potatoes cut like you would for well stew or mashed. You want them large enough to slowly simmer, but small enough to take in two bites.As many as you want. Remember this is for your taste.
6)stew beef(any amount or none at all) Make sure beef is cut into good size chunks. Just enough for a mouthful.
You may add anything from squash to zucchini.
Remember this stew can be adapted for what you like in veggies. When I came up with this recipe it was with the intent to use it in many ways. You can even use cut up pieces of chicken. I like beef better, but remember you are eating it.
7)You will need two large bottles of spicy v-8 juice and small bottle of hot sauce.
Pour enough of the v-8 juice into the pan to cover the veggies. At this point you may add a little water. Add salt and pepper. Set on top of stove. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer. Let it slowly simmer/bubble for apx a hour. Test it for flavor after about 15 minutes. If you want more spice use the hot sauce. Use it carefully. You may also simmer it for longer.
I have given this recipe out to many people and all have loved it. It is simple and can be changed to what you have on hand. Best part though is it is low in calories and considered comfort food. You get the flavor you crave and the comfort of eating a really good meal without all the calories. I calculated using just veggies, that a cup was under 100 calories. Add chicken its slightly more. Let me know how you like it. One more thing, it keeps well in the frig. And only gets better as each day passes. I would suggest you freeze it if you are not going to eat it all within three or four days.
Oh can ya all tell I was raised by parents that taught their daughter to cook with a pinch and a peck? I never used measuring cups. Was taught at one point to cook and bake on a old fashioned wood burning stove. Amazing.