On November 2 I presented a veggie challenge full of different ideas for dares. These weren’t just any kind of dares. There was nothing about doing anything embarrassing or crazy. They were just little challenges presented to you in the hopes to get everyone eating a bit better. I guarantee that over half of the readers here at Dream a Little Bigger don’t get their daily allotment of fruits and vegetables (and even calling myself out, despite a recent surge of best effort, I don’t every day either).
So I joined up with V8 with their super awesome VEGGIE CHALLENGE (in my head that’s really loud with an echo-y type of thing going on) and I scoured the produce section until I found a veggie I had never had before. Yep, my dare that I gave to myself and, no surprise, accepted was to try something different. What I found was a chayote squash. The experience was interesting. Will I buy one again? Eh, probably not. BUT there are plenty of fruits and veggies that I tried on a lark that I now love – looking at you pomello.
V8 has a big history in my family. Back in the day of original V8 I was not a fan. I just don’t like tomatoes enough. But my family really enjoyed it. I just talked to my Momma earlier this week about how the little cans of V8 made her so happy. Apparently it was a little indulgence they had and they’d sip at their little cans and eat saltines. I could tell it was a really happy memory.
When it came up with my Mimmie she was telling me of all the things you can cook with V8. “You can make some really good spaghetti and you’ve had goulash made with it and loved it.” And since I just so happened to be at the grocery store and it just so happened to be freezing cold, I was really in the mood for meat and potatoes and so I decided a stew was just what I had in mind for supper that night. I made tons and tons and now I have lots in the freezer to be eaten at my convenience, but I took everything out that I had left in the fridge within 24 hours it was that good. Plus I got lots of healthy nutrients and veggies because I used V8! But I’m going to quit gabbing and start sharing my recipe with y’all!
V8 Beef & Potato Stew Recipe
This stew is amazing as is, but you can also use it as a base and add your favorite veggies, too. Peas, corn, carrots? They’d all be fab!
- 1 1/2 cup V8 juice
- 1 pound of lean stew meat (ground beef would work well, too)
- 1 pound of yellow potatoes, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons garlic paste
- 4 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Brown your beef using a bit of olive oil if needed.
- Add beef, chopped potatoes, onion, bay leaves and any other firm veggies you wan to include into the pot. Pour in V8 and beef broth.
- Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for an hour. Add in garlic paste. Simmer for another hour.
- When potatoes are fork tender and the beef easily falls apart add white wine and thicken by adding cornstarch mixture, stirring and allowing to cook another 15 minutes.