Winter is coming and for many has already arrived without an early invitation. Senior Caregivers must have their cookbooks prepared whether or not they're ready to welcome the cold, and this hearty Beef Stew gives as much warmth and comfort as the family fireplace.
Contributed by Caregiver Sherpa Shanice Kelly
2 pounds stew beef
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 or 2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, sliced
3 bags of Mixed Vegetables
2 Medium sized Potatoes and dice them up in small squares
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 Packages of Saltine Crackers
Brown meat in hot vegetable oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, and potatoes. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add the 3 bags of mixed vegetables. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly. You can also choose to serve with saltine crackers and slices of lime for a side of jazz.