take a nice roasting cut of beef, sliced carrots, large chunks of potatoes, and onions, salt pepper, and enough water to cover. (makes a solid base, you can embellish however you like. Put it in in the morning, and cook all day. Take the pot roast and vegetables out, pour juice into pan thicken add gravy flour, and make a tasty gravy. you got meat, and sides all in one pot.