Warm Your Soul – Vegetable Stew

It has been a rainy dreary day in Philadelphia today. Cold and windy and cloudy – pretty much just a plain old yucky day! I wanted to make something for dinner that would warm me up, and I knew just what to create!

I saw this recipe on Angela’s blog the other day and knew it would be something I would want to recreate for myself.

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First I made a gravy broth – this is what I used

  • 9 cups vegetable broth 
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

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In a food processor, I combined all gravy ingredients except veggie broth and pureed until it was smooth.

I was a little skeptical about this broth, but it seriously looked, smelled and tasted like actual gravy. Not sure why or how, but it did!

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On a separate pan on the oven, I put the vegetable broth over medium high heat and added the gravy mixture. While that was brought to a boil, I chopped up the veggies!

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Here are the veggies that I used:

  • 1 small potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 acorn squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large can of corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 zucchini, chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, chopped up
  • handful of baby carrots, peeled and chopped

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I loved this part of the meal because I could add as much or as little to the stew as I wanted – and I wanted to add A LOT!

I pretty much added everything I got this week at Reading Terminal Market. I love my weekly trips there for fresh veggies!

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I chopped and washed all the veggies..it took a while! I was very excited to add a potato to the stew! Not sure why, but I was!

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After chopping up all the veggies, I decided which dry ingredients and grains I wanted to use.  

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I went with:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked green peas, rinsed

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I added all the veggies and grains to the boiling broth/gravy mixture and was on my way to get my stir on!

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I brought the strew to a boil again and then lower the heat. At this point I also added a few pinches of chili powder, black pepper and salt for a little extra seasoning flavor!

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I turned the heat to low and left the stew to become stew! I came back to check on it ever so often, but I pretty much left it alone to thicken up for an hour and a half.

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After simmering on low heat for a while, the veggies softened up and the flavors all came together and the stew was ready!

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I added my stew to my new favorite bowl – the SalsaBol – and was ready to get my eat on! 

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The stew turned out WAY better than I expected! It was salty and savory and warm! The gravy broth gave amazing flavoring to the meal and the mixture of veggies turned out perfect!

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This stew literally warmed me up from my toes to my nose!

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What’s better is that it tasted amazing and left me feeling full!

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This was an amazing fall soup that you could create any way you would like with your favorite vegetables and grains!

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What is your favorite Fall soup?

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I honestly can’t decide which soup I liked better this Fall season so far – this stew or the Butternut Squash Soup I made last week!

What is the new stew/soup creation I should make? Suggestions?

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3 Responses to Warm Your Soul – Vegetable Stew

  1. CAC muffin

    oh my gosh that vegetable stew looks AMAZING I can't wait to try this!

  2. Amber (Girl with the red hair)

    I made this the other day too! Only I think I added to many grains to mine because it was a lot thicker than yours. I think I added too many grains – I used 1 cup brown rice + 1 cup barley!

    Still delicious though :-)

  3. ladypurpl

    What a hearty soup for such a yucky day! As for me, I prefer the butternut squash soup, both looked yummy though.

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