Stew is one of the most versatile meals you can make. Feel free to substitute any vegetable of your choice, or any cooking liquid (ie. beef stock, dry white wine, chicken broth etc.). You could even do a whole chicken or pork butt in place of the beef. Stew also gets better with a day or two of letting the flavors meld, and freezes perfectly for a later date, so make a double batch to save yourself the effort later.