Jan 25

This is a great recipe for those cold nights when you want something warm and comforting.  This recipe comes from my grandmother’s family farm in North Dakota. They call it a dump and cook stew.  It’s easy enough from anyone one to make while being both fun to make and delicious. 

You can just sit back and let the kids do the work on this one.  All you need is a can opener, a soup pot and a big mixing spoon.


Hamburger Stew


1¼ pounds of ground beef (93% lean for less fat)

1 can of cream of celery soup

1 can of whole kernel corn with liquid

1 can of Italian diced tomatoes with liquid

1 small can of tomato sauce

Salt and pepper to taste


  • Spray a large soup pan with non-stick spray. 
  • Brown the ground beef over medium high heat. 
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper.  Always start out with less salt and pepper, you can add more later.  After beef is browned, add the whole can of cream of celery soup.
  • Stir the soup into the browned beef. 
  • Once the cream of celery soup is well incorporated, add the whole can of Italian flavored diced tomatoes (with all the liquid).  This will add basil, parsley and oregano to your stew. 
  • Next, add the small can of tomato sauce, and whole can of corn (including the liquid) to the stew. 
  • Stir all the ingredients together and continue to cook until the temperature is just right for eating. 
  • Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and crusty bread for dipping.  ENJOY!


The Learning Corner:

  • Parents can talk with their budding chefs about how meat with different fat content changes the flavor of the stew. Why does fat give stew more flavor?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of eating a high vs. a low fat diet?
  • How does the stew change in smell as you add new ingredients?  Can you identify any specific ingredients?
Jan 19

Spending quality time with your kids can be not only fun, but also educational and productive.  We at Gyro Psychology Services, Inc (www.GyroPsychology.com) are proud to introduce “Kids in the Kitchen”, our latest series that will give you and your kid’s and opportunity to share in a special and meaningful activities that benefit you, the child and your family. Each week we will share a new “child friendly” recipe with you that you and your child can create and share with your family at your regular mealtimes.

Cooking is a creative way to teach your kids valuable math skills as you weigh and measure out ingredients; it’s a way to introduce new and exciting textures and flavors to them; expose them to new foods and tastes; build your child’s self- esteem as they create something that is both nutritious and shared by members of your family.  Cooking together will also strengthen and deepen the bond you share with your all while creating healthy and delicious meals that your entire family can share and enjoy.

Having children participate in making meals or giving them a role in meal preparation or even preparing the table for mealtime is a great way to encourage your family to sit down together and share dinner as a whole family. Setting aside a specific time in your day for family mealtimes helps establish structure for your child’s afternoon and evening schedule and, if done consistently, will give them something to look forward to. Having your child play a valuable role in this special event makes shared mealtimes just that much more special and exciting. You may even find that you have helped awaken a lifelong passion for cooking in your child, just by having fun together in the kitchen now.

So let’s get in the kitchen together and find our inner Paula Dean’s and Emeril Lagasse’s and create something fabulous.  We hope you enjoy our latest series “Kids in the Kitchen” as much as we enjoy putting it together.