Meal Stack - August 15, 2005

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Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 c. flour
  • 3 ¾ c. water
  • 1 t. sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 T. canola oil
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 5 lbs. round steak, cut into strips
  • 1 c. (14 ½ oz.) stewed tomatoes, un-drained
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen stew vegetables
  • 4-6 baking potatoes
  • 2 onion, chopped
  • 4 bell peppers, red or green, chopped
  • 4 c. cooked rice
  • ¼ c. beef flavored bouillon crystals
  • 4 c. beef stock (optional, can substitute water)
  • 1 pkg. (1 oz.) onion soup mix
  • 1 pkg. brown gravy mix
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • ½ c. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ c. Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 can (2 ¼ oz.) ripe olives, drained and diced
  • 1 can (2 ¼ oz.) green chiles
  • 1 c. salsa
  • sour cream (optional garnish)
  • guacamole (optional garnish)

Directions



Let’s Start Stackin’:

  1. Cut 5 lbs. of round steak into strips
  2. Brown beef in butter in a large dutch over over medium-high heat.
  3. Place in a 5 qt. slow cooker
  4. Add 4 c. beef stock, 2 c. water, 1 pkg. onion soup mix and ¼ c. beef
    bouillon crystals
  5. Cook on high for 1 hour; reduce to low, and cook 7 hours.
  6. When complete (before serving Meal Stack #1 remove 4 cups cooked round
    steak)
  7. Reserve 2 c. for Meal Stack #2 and 2 c. for Meal Stack #3.
  8. Allow reserves to completely cool and properly store reserves (3-4 days
    in refrigerator or 2-3 months in freezer).
  9. When time to prepare Meal Stack #1 simply follow the final cooking steps
    found under Meal Stack #1.


Optional: Follow the above instructions adding these few additional steps and you will have freezer ready meals in minutes.

  1. When preparing vegetables for Meal Stack #1, also prepare vegetables for
    Meal Stack #2 and #3.
  2. After removing the steak reserves for Meal Stack #2 and #3 proceed to
    prepare both dishes completely (Do not add cheese to Meal Stack #2 until re-heating to serve & do not bake potatoes or make the rice for Meal Stacks
    #2 and #3 until time to serve).
  3. Allow both Meal Stacks to cool completely and store in a freezer bag
    until time to prepare. These Meal Stacks will last 3 months in your freezer.


Meal Stack #1: Slow Simmering Steak Stew

  • 1 ½ lb. round steak, cut into strips
  • ½ c. butter, melted
  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 3 c. water
  • 1 can (14 ½ oz.) stewed tomatoes, un-drained
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen stew vegetables
  • ¼ c. beef flavored bouillon granules
  • 4 c. beef stock (optional, can substitute water)
  • 1 pkg. (1-oz.) onion soup mix
  • 1 t. sugar
  • ¼ t. each salt & pepper


  1. Brown beef in butter in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Place in a 5 qt. slow cooker.
  3. Add 4 c. beef stock, 2 c. water, 1 pkg. onion soup mix and ¼ c. beef
    bouillon crystals
  4. Cook on high for 1 hour; reduce to low, and cook 7 hours.
  5. Combine flour and 3 c. water, stirring until smooth. Pour over beef in
    slow cooker bring to a boil and cook on high 5 minutes.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until vegetables are done (about 15
    minutes).


Meal Stack #2: Steak Fajita Baked Potatoes

  • 4-6 large baking potatoes
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 T. butter or margarine
  • 1 T. taco seasoning mix (or fajita seasoning mix)
  • 2 c. cooked round steak
  • ½ c. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ c. Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 can (2 ¼ oz.) ripe olives, drained and diced
  • 1 can (2 ¼ oz.) green chilies
  • 1 c. salsa
  • sour cream (optional garnish)
  • guacamole (optional garnish)


  1. Scrub potatoes; pat dry; wrap in aluminum foil and bake at 400° for 1
    hour or until tender.
  2. Cook pepper and onion in a medium sauce pan (2 T. butter) until tender.
    Add taco or fajita seasoning, ? c. water, steak pieces, cheeses, olives, green chilies. Cook 2-4 minute, stirring constantly; remove from heat.
  3. Cut a lengthwise slit in top of each potato. Press each potato open.
    Spoon Steak Fajita mixture into potatoes. Garnish as desired.


Meal Stack #3: Pepper Steak

  • 2 c. cooked round steak
  • 1 pkg. brown gravy mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 tbs. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, cut in thin strips
  • 4 cups cooked rice


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet re-heat steak pieces.
  2. Combine brown gravy mix, water, soy sauce, garlic powder, and black
    pepper. Stir into steak mixture. Bring to a slow boil and simmer for 2-4 minutes.
  3. Add onion and bell-pepper, continue to simmer for 5 additional minutes.
  4. Serve over cooked rice.


Family Tip - August 15, 2005



Never allow the limitations of time to rule your life



Use the 80/20 rule of time management to set your limits. 20% of your effort produces 80% of your results. Learning to recognize and then focus on that 20 percent is the key to making the most effective use of your time.



Here are some signs that will help you to recognize whether you're spending your time as you should:



You're in your 80 percent if the following statements ring true:

You're working on tasks other people want you to, but you have no
investment in them.

You're frequently working on tasks labeled "urgent."

You're spending time on tasks you are not usually good at doing.

Activities are taking a lot longer than you expected.

You find yourself complaining all the time.



You're in your 20 percent if:

You're engaged in activities that advance your overall purpose in life
(assuming you know what that is - and you should!).

You're doing things you have always wanted to do or that make you feel
good about yourself.

You're working on tasks you don't like, but you're doing them knowing they
relate to the bigger picture.

You're hiring people to do the tasks you are not good at or don't like
doing.

You're smiling.



If you'd like more information on this time management principle, I'd suggest The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More With Less by Richard Koch (New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing; 1998). However, you don't need to read the book to begin using the 80/20 rule. Gain more control over your time and your work by taking one small step right now.




Simply begin to look for the signs that will tell you whether you're in your 20 percent or your 80 percent. This increased awareness of what's vital to your life and your life's work may be all you really need to start using your time more effectively.

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