for a stew, just sautee in 2 tablespoons of olive oil some red/green/orange/yellow pepper, celery, onion, fresh thyme and garlic (add garlic halfway through cooking the rest). Then add mean once everything is tender. Brown meat on med-high and once seared on both sides, remove. Add a can of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Add seasonings like parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for about 10-20 minutes on med-low until sauce is cooked down by a third. Re-add meat and cook for 30 more minutes. You can add other veggies like spinach or broccoli and cook for 5-10 mins more.
Hope that works for you!
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