One of the best recipes my mom ever made when I was growing up was beef stew. It was always so tender and flavorful, and would make the whole house smell like deliciousness. And it was always made from simple ingredients mom normally had lying around on winter days. And if she didn’t, she figured out a way to supplement.


  • 1 Package stew meat
  • 2 Beef Gravy Packets
  • Carrots
  • Celerly
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • 3-4 potatoes
  • ½ cup Flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder

First things first, I get my flour and season it with my desired seasonings. Personally, I use Salt, Pepper, onion and garic powders and ginger too sometimes. Stir that all together and then shake the beef in it. While your doing that heat up a pot with your desired oil. I usually use olive or veggie. Usually it depends on what I have at the time. You just want to brown the meat, which usually doesn’t take long. Once that’s done, I’ll throw in the veggies and cook them down a bit. Once that’s done, cut up the potatoes and put them in, a long with anywhere from 4-7 cups of water, plus your gravy mix. Cook on medium for a few minutes, or low for a few hours. Until potatoes are done and you reach desired thickness.


Normally, mom would serve the stew with some biscuits, but in this instance, when I made it I had leftover garlic bread that I reheated and served with it. It went rather well with it, espically when it was being dipped into the stew. It is the perfect dinner to serve when you can hear the rain outside. It fills your house with a wonderful smell, and its full of veggies, protein and for me and my family, its just the ideal meal you think of when its cold and rainy and gross outside. You want something warm. With maybe some hot cocca and brownies for dessert.