There’s something about Sundays that demands a hearty, delicious homestyle meal. This is especially true in the fall when the temperature begins to drop. Even if you work on Sundays, there’s a certain slow and lazy feeling in the air. Eating a slow simmered or baked meal rounds out the day perfectly.
I loved when my mom would make pot roast back in my meat eating days. My favorite part of the dish was the vegetables. I reluctantly ate the meat, but the vegetables were so soft and had a carmelized flavor from being cooked for so long. Vegetables that I usually hated, were savored.
I first made this stew for one of our Ru nights, and have been longing to make it again. The recipe was adapted from a recipe on the Food Network site, called Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables. I omitted the roasted vegetables out of laziness and lack of the ingredients. It’s a relatively quick version of meat stews, only taking about 45 minutes to make.
Beefy StewIf you can’t find the Gardein beef tips, try using cannelini beans or your favorite beans/meat sub instead.
1 package Gardein beef tips
1 small onion, chopped
4 carrots, peeled & sliced
3 ribs celery, sliced
3 cloves garlic, smashed & chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ cup red wine
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 cups water (or ‘beef’ or mushroom broth)
3 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- Heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef tips and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan, and set aside.
- Add a little more oil. Add onion & cook for a couple of minutes. Add a splash of the wine to deglaze the pan. Add carrots, celery, & garlic. Cook for about 8 minutes or until veggies are tender.
- Add flour, stir, & cook for 1-2 minutes. Add wine, water, tomato, potatoes, thyme, & bay leaves.
- Bring to a boil, turn down heat, & simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.
- Add beef & cook for about 5 more minutes. Add red wine vinegar.
- Season with salt & pepper if necessary.