A mid-week pick-me-up: treating yourself to culinary delights

Working the nine-to-five shift Monday to Friday is a routine many of us are all too familiar with. Add in a commute, school runs and other general household chores and we can often find ‘me time’ at a premium with our lives put on hold until the weekend.

Sandwiches at lunchtime and ready meals in the evening offer time-saving solutions even if they don’t always tickle our taste buds or meet our nutritional needs. However, taking the time to cook a proper meal doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming, so why not break the monotony and try beef casserole for a midweek treat?

Using everyday ingredients, cooking a beef casserole is simple and inexpensive. A casserole is cooked in the oven but it can also be made into a stew by cooking it on the hob. If you’re counting the calories a good tip is to replace the red wine with a good quality ale such as Guinness. To obtain high quality locally sourced meat, visit your local butcher but if you’re on budget, braising or stewing steak from the supermarket works just as well.

Ideas for your beef casserole

This classic dish is both tasty and wholesome, and its versatility also lends itself to the more exotic. For the ultimate in comfort food, a Vietnamese Beef Stew is spicy with striking flavours and is surprisingly straightforward to make. For a more traditional casserole, beef bourguignon has all the taste of great home cooking while a Guinness and Beef Stew offers great flavours and sustenance ideal for those long winter evenings.

From something simple like a beef and tomato casserole to more complex beef-inspired recipes, the internet is awash with ideas for casseroles. Whether you want something traditional or exotic, or you fancy drawing inspiration from your favourite chef, there are plenty of takes on this Great British staple. For the more adventurous cook you too can add your own twist by experimenting with herbs and spices or by adding your own ingredients.

Simple Schwartz recipe

To make this delicious beef casserole all you need is 2 tablespoons of oil, 450 grams lean beef diced, 1 large onion diced, 2 carrots peeled and sliced, 1 sachet Schwartz Beef Casserole Mix and 300ml of water. Then follow these simple steps:

STEP 1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4.

STEP 2. Heat oil, fry beef, onion and carrots for 3-4 minutes. Drain excess liquid. Transfer to a casserole dish.

STEP 3. Mix sachet contents with water and add to casserole dish. Cover and cook for 1 and a half to 2 hours or until the meat is tender.

STEP 4. Serve with creamy mashed potato and green vegetables.