Plant Based Fall Stew — Warming You from the Inside

Oct, 13, 2014

By Fredrica Syren:

I chuckle a bit when people (even my own family) assume that we, as a vegan family, live on salads. How do you stay warm and grow with leaves? Well, as a mom of a vegan family and a huge foodie, I can tell you that I LOVE hearty and warms stews, and that’s what keeps us warm in the fall. I try to eat seasonally as much as possible and love making stews from all kinds of local produce. Right now, we have lots of root vegetables and mushrooms available, so here is a farmers’ market stew made for Sunday dinner.

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • I yellow onionChorizo stew
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into coins
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Black pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar

Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat, and sauté onion and a garlic for 2 minutes, until glossy but not brown. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Add parsnip, tomatoes, and carrots, vegetable stock, kale, smoked paprika and agave nectar. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with baguette or cooked quinoa.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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