This is a great easy recipe you can start in the early afternoon and have ready when everyone gets home for dinner.
Easy Oven Beef Stew
2-lb stew meat (I usually buy a roast and chunk it up) 1 medium onion - chopped 1 stalk celery (I omit this because my family isn't wild about celery) 4 carrots - cut into chunks (I buy the bag of baby carrots and cut them in half) 1 T. sugar (I half this because I don't like it so sweet) 2 tsp. salt 1/2 c. tomato juice 2 T. minute tapioca
Mix meat, onions, celery, carrots in a large pan. Mix together sugar, salt, tomato juice and tapioca. Pour over meat and vegetables. Cover with foil tightly, then a lid. Bake at 250 degrees for 5 hours. Serve over mashed potatoes.
note: When you pour the liquid over the meat and vegetables it appears there will not be enough, but it will make enough gravy to serve with the mashed potatoes. Real mashed potatoes are the best but instant do well in a pinch.