Friday, April 17, 2015

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen #113: Beef and Noodle Stew

Time for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen
(A weekly linky to share what you and your children have created in the kitchen.)

The linky is at the bottom.

I apologize for not having posted a Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen for a while. I have to say, I didn't realize it had been a month. My motivation has not been where it should be lately, and we just haven't been in the kitchen the same way we have in the past. One of the problems is that it gets a bit stressful trying to have all four of the children in the kitchen together. I have decided that I will have the older girls help me with some harder recipes one week, and then have the younger children help out with simple ones. There may be a time when we will all work together if the recipe is part of our lesson.

For today's Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen, I am sharing a recipe of my own creation. I have always struggled with making stew. I just can not make it the way my mother did. Granted, it still isn't the same as mom's, but it is quite tasty. When hubby says it is a "Keeper Recipe," it must mean we found or created something really yummy.

Here is what you will need:

Stew Beef, cut into bite sized pieces
Flour for coating beef
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder (to season flour)
1 Tbs butter
6 carrots, sliced
1/2 bag Wide Egg Noodles
8 cups water
8 beef bouillon cubes
4 Tbs cornstarch
minced onion

Tabitha and a Mom in the Kitchen

While mommy cut the beef into bite sized pieces...

...Tabitha peeled the carrots.  She attempted to slice them, but we were in a rush, so mommy took over.

I don't measure the flour. I just use enough to coat the beef, and add salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  

I had Tabitha help coat the beef while I finished slicing the carrots.

The importance of  washing your hands after touching raw meat was discussed.

Heat the pan on medium-high heat. Place butter in heated pan.
(No, this pan was not heated first. As I mentioned, we were in a rush as daddy was headed to work, and I forgot.)

Toss in the beef and let it cook for a few minutes. Then stir it up to make sure it is cooking evenly.

While it was cooking, Amelia came in and helped Tabitha unwrap the bouillon cubes.

When the meat is almost cooked through, add in 8 cups of water, plus the bouillon cubes, carrots and minced onion. I do not measure the minced onion, I just sprinkle a bunch on the top.

After the water has come to a boil, add the egg noodles and cook according to package directions. 

Mix 4 Tbs cornstarch with 4 Tbs water.

Turn heat to low. Add cornstarch mixture to stew and stir until thickened. 


1- Coat beef with seasoned flour.
2- Heat pan on medium-high heat.
3- Place butter in heated pan, toss in beef, and let it cook for a few minutes, then stir up and make sure it is cooking evenly.
4- When beef is almost cooked through, add 8 cups of water, bouillon cubes, minced onion, and carrots. 
5- After the water has come to a boil, add noodles and cook according to package directions.
6- Turn to low.
7- Mix 4 Tbs cornstarch with 4 Tbs water, add to stew and stir until thickened.

Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?
I'd love to see your posts, whether you have done something this week or some time in the past. Just link up below. This is a weekly linky.

I am linking up to:

Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Try a New Recipe Tuesday at Home to Four Kiddos
The Gathering Spot at Mamal Diane
Friday Food Frenzy at Close to Home
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Foodie Friends Friday at Robyn'sView
Family Fun Friday at Happy and Blessed Home
Find a New Recipe Friday at Almost Supermom

And here is my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky


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