Kicked Up Vegetable Stew Made Easy

by zesty on February 24, 2010 · 15 comments

Happy Wednesday!  Let me first off say thank you for all the comments on my latest BLOG Makeover Giveaway.  It really is fun to give back to the blogging community and help friendly people out.  I am really impressed with the excitement level and I cannot wait to announce the winner next week.  So many people have tweeted about it and mentioned it on their blogs… so great.

On to the Food

Who loves vegetables?  Who loves simple, easy to make stews that require no really thought and monitoring at the stove?  Who like to eat?  I am hopeful you answered yes to at least two of those questions.  Neither here nor there – I have come up with a recipe that even kind of impressed Mrs. Zesty ( who is not a huge vegetable lover ) which to me means WHOOO HOOOO.

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I have been really into lentils as of late and I wanted to come up with an easy way to put these babies to good use.  I had also found a couple of cans of tomatoes on sale.  Loving the sales and I will even use a coupon every now and again if I have them.  Want to see a cool site about cost saving ideas, coupons galore and wicked recipes?  If so check out 5 Dollar Dinners – Erin’s site is jam packed with cool information.

So with the tomatoes and the lentils I had built up an urge for a nice warming stew packed with flavor.  How do you pack it with flavor?  Low and slow and a few key spices.

Ingredients

  • 2 15 Oz Cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 Cups water
  • 1 Cup pearl barley
  • 2 Cups lentils
  • 2 Large carrots ( cubed)
  • 8 baby Potatoes ( quartered )
  • 1 Turnip ( cubed)
  • 1 Cup frozen peas
  • 1 Cup frozen corn
  • 1 Tsp. Celery salt
  • 2 Tsp. Chili powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat large sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Add olive oil, turnip and carrots and begin to brown for about 5-7 minutes
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  4. Toss in garlic, tomatoes, celery salt, chili powder and red pepper flakes;  let simmer for 5 minutes
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  6. Add lentils and water; let cook on low for 15 minutes
  7. Add barley and cook for 10 more minutes; then toss in potatoes and let simmer for another 20 minutes
  8. Remove the lid and check for consistency.  If you think it needs more water – feel free to add some.  if you find it is too runny keep simmering with the lid off for 15 minutes.
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  10. Once the consistency is right, add peas and corn and stri through for 3 minutes.
  11. Serve it up with a nice piece of beer bread if you have an.
  12. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: By sauteing the root vegetables before simmering the stew you are packing the base of the stew with flavor right out of the gate.  For a more traditional base you may use carrots, celery and onion but I didn’t have any celery and Mrs. Zesty is not a fan of onions at all.

This was a really fun post to write and an even funner stew to make.  I would love to hear your favorite stew ideas if you have any.  Feel free to post your all time fav stew ingredients in the comment section.

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I hope you have a great Wednesday and don’t forget to enter the makeover giveaway if you have not done so already.

Take care

zesty

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1 Janna (Just Flourishing)

That sounds so delicious! My boyfriend would LOVE it! Totally making it!

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2 Megan

This stew looks amazing! I just made lentil soup recently, and I think this would be a great way to use up the rest of my lentils. I love that it’s so hearty, especially with that barley. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

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3 Jenny Flake

Mmmm! Looks exciting to me! lol!

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4 Bob

Awesome. I’ve been working on cutting back on my meat consumption and this looks like just the thing to help.

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5 Noelle @Opera Singer in Kitchen

Beautiful colors and lot of substance here!

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6 DailyChef

Yum – perfect for one of the cold rainy days I’ve been struggling through!

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7 Heather (The Single Dish)

Look delicious. I always make a stew or a soup to bring with me to work for lunch. Travels well and fills me up all afternoon! Chicken Barley Soup is one of my favorites.

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8 Amanda

Thanks for the inspiration for tonight’s dinner! Here are my changes; I added pinto beans instead of barley, substituted cumin and adobo spices for your spices and then added onions, celery and sweet potatoes too! Can’t wait till it is finished cooking so that i can enjoy.

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9 Erica

YUM! This looks incredible! I love stew and root veggies. I love how easy peasy it is too! great work Zesty

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10 Beverley

I like to add a bay leaf or two to my stew.

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11 Carol

Made this recipie last night. Used the Zesty Tip and went with the more traditional stew base. Wonderful! Husband had a rare second helping, so I know it was good.

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12 zesty

This totally makes me smile!! I am so glad you liked it!

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13 Cooka

Looks yummy. I must try this.

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14 A White

So easy to make and tastes great! Had no barley but it still turned out perfectly! Thanks a bunch :)

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