My husband works outside, which means he suffers through the heat in the summer time or is chilled to the bone in the winter. Because of this, I try to make meals that will be a comfort to him.
I don't concern myself too much about our summer meals. I worry more about keeping the house cool and comfortable for when he gets home. The air conditioner is on most days, so eating soup or stew in the summer is okay.
But there's nothing like a nice, warm bowl of beef stew after a really chilly day at work.
Here's an easy recipe that I like to use:
Crock Pot Beef Stew
1 pound, beef cubes
1 - 2 cans condensed tomato soup
Add all ingredients to crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Note: I never use the same amount of vegetables. It varies each time I make it, according to what I have in my veggie bin. If I'm running low on potatoes, I add more carrots. If I'm out of celery, I skip it. It's really a fool-proof recipe.
Also, the only other liquid I add to the stew, is just a bit that I add to the can to get as much of the soup out of the can as possible. I use one or two cans of soup depending on how much of the veggies I use.