Do you like stew?  I have been thinking about making a stew for a while, but, the heat where I live isn’t really pushing me to rush into the kitchen and make something you’d typically make when the weather outside is brrr. know?

But, then, I came upon this one.  Sounds quite good.  The avocado garnish is my favorite part!


1 tbsp. coconut oil

1/2 large white onion, diced

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

3/4 lb purple, red and/or yellow baby potatoes, cut into 1/2 in dice (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup quinoa

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp ground turmeric

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 in dice (about 2 cups)

4 cups vegetable broth

sea salt, to taste

1 avocado, chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

*Superfood boost: add 2 cups of chopped dark leafy greens-like kale or Swiss chard to the pot the last couple of minutes of cooking

  1. Warm oil in pot over medium heat.  Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add potatoes and stir constantly while cooking for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  2. Stir in quinoa, oregano, thyme, turmeric and pepper, and then add butternut squash and broth.  If your broth is an unsalted (or low-salt) variety, add a couple of pinches of salt; if your broth is already salted, wait until the end of cooking to season as needed.  Turn heat to high and bring mixture to a boil.  Cover pot, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Uncover pot and simmer mixture for 5 minutes longer, using a spoon to partially mash butternut squash to make a thicker, stew-like broth.  Remove pot from heat, cover once more and let stand for 10 minutes to allow flavors to fully meld.
  4. Taste for seasoning and add additional salt as needed, as well as a little water if you prefer a thinner stew.  Serve garnished with chopped avocado and cilantro.


I think we’ll give this a whirl tomorrow…




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