I have quite a few retro recipe card sets. Some are complete with their boxes and others are partial. There are several sites on the Internet and Flickr that make fun of the photos on some of the sets. I will agree there are some weird ones. This down home type recipe is from McCall's Great American Recipe Card Collection, 1973. and still seems do-able. It is from the Budget Stretchers section of the set.
Braised Beef with Cabbage
2 tablespoons salad oil
1 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut in 1 1/2-inch cubes
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 apple, pared, cored, and thinly sliced
1 can (1-lb. size) tomatoes, undrained
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 medium potatoes, pared and quartered lengthwise
1 head green cabbage (1 1/2 lb.), washed and cut in 8 wedges
1. Heat oil in large skillet. Add beef, and brown on all sides. Remove.
2. Add onion to skillet, and cook slowly until golden brown. Add browned beef. Stir in 1 cup water. Add apple and tomatoes, then sprinkle with sugar, salt, and pepper.
3. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, and simmer, covered 2 hours.
4. Add potatoes and cabbage to meat mixture; simmer, covered, 20 minutes longer, or until vegetables are tender. Makes 4 servings.