I call this a friendly oven stew for two reasons - a friend where I used to work gave me the recipe, and it's cook friendly - you can add whatever and how much of any vegetable you want to the basic mix. Keep in mind if you add a large amount of extra veggies, you may need to increase the amount of tomato juice & tapioca. (I suggest 1/2 cup juice and 1/2 tablespoon tapioca per 1 cup veggies). I have also used V-8 successfully for a spicier taste. Remember - NO PEEKING!