Easy Comforting Vegan Stew
This Comforting Vegan Stew is super easy to make and only uses super simple ingredients that you probably keep in your fridge and pantry all the time…
I’m back from Costa Rica, people… or well, at least my body is! I definitely left my heart somewhere over there, buried at the foot of some majestic palm tree, right next to a fallen coconut. But as much as I’d have wanted to stay there forever, I had to come back, and even earlier than initially planned.
Truth is, I have been back for almost 2 weeks now, confined at home as is required by law, but it’s been such a strange return that I’ve been in a mixed state of shock and confusion ever since I got home. I don’t quite know what to do with myself. Or what to feed myself, for that matter.
All I can say is that comfort food ranks really high on my list of coveted sustenance. But when circumstances make it kinda hard to even stock the fridge and pantry, one has to keep things simple!
Well, good thing is it doesn’t come much simpler than this uncomplicated Comforting Vegan Stew. It calls for very basic ingredients that we all have at home, at practically any given time.
And it comes together pretty quickly, too! Not that lack of time really is an issue, these days… but hey. Quick is never a bad thing!
Leaves more time for meditating…
Start by heating some avocado oil (or other cooking oil of your choice) in a large stockpot with fitting lid set over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion, celery, garlic, mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Add the sliced carrots and diced potatoes, then stir to coat…
Next, add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, red wine (if using), tomato paste, tamari sauce, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, dried herbs and bay leaves; stir well and bring to a slow simmer.
The addition of red wine really contributes to the “comfort factor” of this stew , but feel free to use more vegetable broth, if you’d rather not do the booze. If you do decide to go with the wine, be sure to use a good drinking dry red wine. A sweet, fruity wine wouldn’t really work with the flavor profile of this dish.
Cover the pot and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes…
…or until the carrots and potatoes are tender and the liquid has turned into a beautiful thick sauce.
At this point, you want to kill the heat and add the spinach leaves and kidney beans.
Stir delicately, until the spinach is completely wilted and the beans are heated through.
Serve without delay, sprinkled with a little bit of chili pepper flakes, if you are so inclined! You know I always love me a little bit of heat!
And if you want to kick that comforting level up a notch, serve with a nice slice of warm, crusty homemade bread!
Comforting Vegan Stew
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 8 oz cremini or white mushrooms, quartered
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 3 large carrots, sliced
- 2 large yellow or red potatoes, diced
- 1- 28oz can diced tomatoes
- 1-1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup dry red wine*, or more vegetable broth
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp tamari sauce
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- 1- 15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 bunch fresh baby spinach leaves, (about 3 cups)
- Start by heating the avocado oil (or other cooking oil of your choice) in a large stockpot with fitting lid set over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion, celery, garlic, mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
- Add the carrots and potatoes, stir to coat and then add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, red wine (if using), tomato paste, tamari sauce, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, dried herbs and bay leaves; stir well and bring to a slow simmer, then cover and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes, until the carrots and potatoes are tender and the liquid has turned into a beautiful thick sauce.
- Kill the heat, add the spinach and kidney beans and stir delicately, until the spinach is completely wilted and the beans are heated through.
- Serve without delay.
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7 Comments on “Easy Comforting Vegan Stew”
What a surprise to read you have been back a couple of weeks. Was there any Covid 19 in Costa Rico? This is really an uncertain time.
Yes, there were a few hundred cases, but none where we were. Still, all the beaches were closed, most stores too, with just a handful of restaurants open. We had to come back as they were closing borders and cancelling all flights, and we had to spend the last week confined a the casa we had rented. Strange times indeed… I don’t think that life will ever be exactly the same after this is all over. At least I know mine won’t…
Welcome back. I went looking for you a few weeks ago! I’m glad you are here and ok, and looking forward to your writing again.
Thank you Kiara, this feels really good to hear! I am very much ok, although I’m not sure I’m really here yet… I’m still on Costa Rican pace, that’s for sure. Slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things! 🙂
Wonderful recipes again from you Sonja and joyful enthusiasm to boot! Thank you! Nice surprise to get this in my inbox! Peace, love and good health to all in this unnerving climate. We need positivity right now! Thank you again… 🌈🌷🌸🙏
Thank you so much, Miranda, that is so kind of you to say. You’re such a gem! Stay safe and healthy! 🙂
Welcome home! Glad you’re safe. Looking forward to seeing you more frequently again and maybe hearing all about Costa Rica! Please share!