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Welcome to Tweaked at Chez Jan de la Dayton....translated to 'tweaked at Jan's house in Dayton'! Sounds fancy, but it's not. If you choose to share a recipe, be kind and give me kudos for it. The pictures are NOT to be taken off this blog unless used in a direct link to this blog. Once upon a time I was a Weight Watchers leader....that chapter is closed. But I still like to eat and bake and don't like the weight that finds its way to me too easily. So I go find delicious-sounding recipes and tweak them. Some recipes, however, just don't turn out right if they're tweaked. I've not posted anything....so far.....that isn't WW friendly. That might change, and I'll warn you if I post something with 'scary' P+ values. For those who don't use substitutions, the ratio for Splenda granulated/sugar is 1:1 and the ratio for egg substitute/eggs is 1/4 cup of egg sub = 1 egg. Now.....let's have some fun in the kitchen!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Beef Stew

A friend of mine issued a 'challenge' on one of her Facebook pages to make something using 2 locally grown/produced ingredients.  I immediately knew I was going to make my version of Beef Stew using stew beef from CG Farms in Dayton, TN, and mushrooms from Monterey Mushrooms in Loudon, TN.

Everyone has their own way to make beef stew, but Ginger's 'challenge' was a good excuse to finally post my version. When we're done with dinner, if there are any veggies left over, I put them in a freezer bag......when the bag is full, it's time to make stew! There was even some potatoes & carrots & gravy in the bag from a crockpot roast! A great way to use leftovers (instead of tossing them....like when you have 5 or 6 green beans left) and make a hearty, delicious meal.

Makes a lot
Did not figure up the P+**

@3 lbs stew beef
@5 potatoes, peeled & cut into bite-sized pieces
1 lb carrots, peeled & cut into bite-sized pieces
1 container from a 4-pack of Knorr Homestyle beef stock (or 2 beef bouillon cubes)
1 onion, chopped
mushrooms, either sliced or 'chunked'
bag of leftover veggies from past meals
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can crushed tomatoes
couple of bay leaves
garlic powder, to taste
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
Olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
Italian seasoning, to taste
Canned/boxed broth you have leftover in the fridge

In a HUGE stew pot, pour in some olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. Let this get hot over medium heat and add the stew beef and garlic powder to taste. Let the beef brown.

Add carrots, onion and potatoes.

Add the veggies leftover from past meals.

Add the diced tomatoes. Add the mushrooms. Add the beef stock and bay leaves. Add the crushed tomatoes.

Add water to about an inch or 2 over all the ingredients and cook for at least 4 hours on medium heat, stirring frequently.


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**I did not figure up the P+ for this because it would depend on how much of what ingredient ended up in your bowl/on your spoon/in your mouth! Sometimes you just HAVE TO make a recipe without P+ values and be aware of what/how much you're eating!

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