Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hearty Vegetable Stew

Even though the "baking" section to our stove is broken our stove top still works.  It is getting close for us to go food shopping so what we have in the fridge is very limited.  I pulled out what vegetables we had left and tossed together a Hearty Vegetable Stew.  If I had some Vegan Sausage or Seitan on hand I would of added that to this dish, but maybe next time ;)

I combined  some ingredients from 2 different recipes.
The places: Post Punk Kitchen and the Yummly site did the job for what I had in my kitchen.

Before We get started I just wanted to mention our son Dylan LOVES this dish!! Which makes me very excited because he is eating vegetables like peppers, celery and carrots. 3 things he refused to eat... until now ;)

What you will need:
coconut oil - as needed
1 sweet onion - chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic - minced
1/2 bag of baby carrots - cut in 1/2s
1 cup of Red wine (& a glass for yourself) ;)
1 large green bell pepper or red
1 cup of celery - chopped
3 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon paprika
2 pounds potatoes - cut into chunks ( I leave the skins on)
Sea Salt & Black pepper - to taste

1/4 cup all purpose flour (if you are making it gluten free use 2 tablespoons organic cornstarch)
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons of tomato paste


-Pre heat a very large pot over medium heat

-In a saute pan heat oil and cook up your onions until translucent (about 6 minutes)
-Add garlic and let cook for an additional minute or two.

-Add baby carrots, celery, peppers, basil, paprika, rosemary, wine, salt & pepper.
-Bring to a boil for about 3-4 minutes.

-Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes.
-Add potatoes and lower to a simmer.
-Let simmer until you can stick a fork through potatoes (15-20 minutes)

-In a small bowl slowly mix your flour with water until there are no lumps and it it starts to thicken.
-Add flour mix to broth and mix well, then add the tomato paste and let all thicken (5-8 minutes)

-Then add some more spice for your liking.  Salt, pepper etc.

-Serve & enjoy

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