So, you guys made me crave beef stew/soup. I am trying to keep it very simple hoping that the kids will have it. I can dream! I would prefer some tomatoes in it, but they will not touch it if I do that. So, I diced everything small, more like a soup, and used beef, onions, celery, and garlic, all tossed together in the bottom, with some seasonings and salt and pepper. Layered above are carrots and 3 red potatoes, diced. I added about 2 cups of bullion, made with 2 beef cubes, and 2tsp worcestershire sauce. I figure I may have to add water or seasonings, later, depending on saltiness. I went a bit heavy, so the meat and veggies get flavor, and have room to dilute later. If it were up to me, I might add more veggies, like mushrooms, or even a simple bag of mixed frozen, but again, trying to entice the kids. wish me luck.