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Beef stew & dumplings is one of my family's favorite comfort-food meals. Over the years, I've occasionally substituted chicken for beef, and both one-pot meals are equally delicious. Making both of these beef and chicken stews with dumplings took less than 40 minutes total, from prep time to dinner time.

Stew Ingredient Checklist

2 12-16 oz. frozen vegetables

1 lb. carrots

1 lb. potatoes

1 onion

2 32-oz cartons of broth (I used beef broth and vegetable broth)

2 lbs. beef (cut for stew)

2 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken breast

Seasonings, herbs, spices

Dumpling Ingredient Checklist

2 cups all purpose baking mix

1/2 cup milk

Step 1: Making 2 Stews - Almost As Easy As One

Making both beef and chicken stew together is a real time-saver and easy to do. I cook both meats in large pots, adding a 1 cup of water to each pot. In 6-8 minutes, all of the meat is cooked thoroughly, I add broth, frozen and fresh veggies, seasonings, herbs, and spices and cook on medium-high for 20 minutes.

Step 2: Dumplings & Dinner Time!

While the meat and vegetables cook, combine and stir baking mix and milk until a soft dough forms. After the stew has cooked ~20 minutes, drop dumpling mix by large spoonfuls into the pots of stew, cover tightly, and cook until the dumplings are cooked completely.

A delicious, hearty one-pot meal is ready to serve, with plenty of left-overs or enough to make casseroles for the freezer to be enjoyed another day.

<p>I love this clever take on the 20-minute meal! Great to see you stretch out a recipe with variety.</p>
<p>This meal works great as a vegetarian option, too, acoens. Just omit meat, use vegetable broth, and add a few more veggies and spices to ramp up the flavor. I've had good luck making it meatless and the dumplings are always delcious!</p>
<p>How did you come up with the beef idea? OMG, I'm used to the usual &quot;chicken and dumplings&quot;. Keep up the good work! It sounds, and looks amazing</p>
<p>Thanks for the comments, aalazieax. A try a lot of new combinations when I'm cooking - sometimes it works and sometimes not so much. Every now and again I stumble across a new way of making an old favorite that my family really likes. </p>

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