I visited my child's middle school on an unrelated errand some years ago during the lunch period. The "cafetorium" sound level was a dull roar. Children were constantly on the move from table to table. I could immediately see that the lunch period was a social event first, and nutritional break second. I saw my son at the geek table beef casserole with potatoes his friends, bolting their lunches so they could play their Magic cards.
If you need small pieces of beef or pork, it might work out cheaper to buy a larger cut and cut it up yourself. You can buy a chuck roast to beef casserole or a pork roast to make baked pork chops. You might expect the smaller pieces to be cheaper to buy but that is not always the case.
In reality I don't measure at all, but for the sake of this article I will say that I use about 1 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of rice and about 1 cup of peanut butter. I then add enough water to cook the oats and rice. The next step is simply microwaving the mix for 2 - 3 minutes. Then I add a large, store bought can of beef stew jamie oliver. My dogs love this mix and it's quick and easy to whip up. I add the beef stew jamie oliver after I have micro-waved so the mixture will be warm but not hot.
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This beef stew and dumplings, as well as other similar versions of carne guisada, are found in many Texas and Tex-Mex restaurants today. Although most carne guisada recipes call for the pot to be cooked on the stove top, this beef stew is slow-cooked, or baked, in the oven. This results in the meat being more tender. The results of either method should be a very thick stew, without much liquid.
Add 2 tablespoons of the oil to a pan and heat it over a medium high heat. Cut the beef into 1 inch cubes and add it to the oil. Brown the beef cubes all over. Add the carrots, potatoes, water, garlic, salt, pepper, onion and bell pepper to the pot.
Add celery, carrots and potatoes to pot, turn up to medium heat until it bubbles, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 30 to 45 minutes, until potatoes begin to soften. Add 1/2 of a 6-ounce can of tomato paste to the stew; cover and simmer another 30 minutes. Add corn and green beans; cover and simmer another 15 to 20 minutes. Add peas, cover and simmer an additional 10 minutes. If the stew is not thick enough, make a slurry using 2 Tbsp. of cornstarch and 1 Tbsp. of water, add with peas and stir to incorporate. Yield: 6-quarts, enough for 4 people to each have one 3-cup serving and have leftovers for lunch the next day for lunch for 4 people or for another dinner.