As a plant-based eater I generally eat a lot of fruit and veg, so when I went ‘low-carb’ a few months ago I found cutting back on my safety net food group was really difficult. Not only because a low-carb vegan diet is quite restrictive, but because I honestly missed the crunch of a carrot and the vibrancy of a salad and these things can’t be replaced with fat or protein. And it’s a strange sensation actually, reducing your fruit and veg, limiting your portions and getting in to the mind frame of ‘fruit is bad’. But alas, that phase is over, here I am 1 stone lighter and back on the fruit and veg bandwagon! And it is goood……
To satisfy my cravings I am literally eating all the veg and how better to do that than with stews? Italian inspired stews, Mexican inspired stews, Moroccan inspired stews, all the stews! Now, I am not going to list any individual recipes here as this is more of a ‘stew appreciation’ post and to be honest, I haven’t really been following any set guidelines. I pretty much see what I have in the fridge, freezer, drawer, at any given time and throw it all in a pan. And surprisingly, it works. Every time. If you would like to see a recipe for my Simple Vegan Stew then please click the link 🙂
Over the past 2 weeks I have made 4 stews, they are the kind of dishes that you cook once, eat twice, which is absolutely my favourite kind of dish. And as I said they are inspired by world flavours. I really love adding some Italian seasoning to a pan of veggies and tinned tomatoes, or a simple chilli spice mix to veggies, beans and pre-cooked rice or turmeric and curry powder to veggies, lentils and boiled potatoes. My current favourite is cumin and paprika added to a big pan of butternut squash, sweet potatoes and chickpeas, a little chilli powder for a heat kick and chopped carrots to add a little more sweetness. All of these stews are so quick, easy, nutritious, packed full of antioxidants and soo delicious! I thought I would share some pictures and hopefully you guys can get inspired to make some gorgeous, creative stews and share your recipes with me!!
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