Unsung heroes: Carrot stew

21 Oct

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This is one of my unsung fall heroes, and I am really surprised not more people are singing its praise.

This is carrot stew.

It is cheap and versatile.

Even when using all organic produce, the basics only cost about four bucks for four generous servings.

My family has many different recipes for carrot stew, and wars have started over which one is the best. Most of them, however, start the same:

BASIC CARROT STEW

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp oil (e.g. coconut)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1,000g carrots, cubed
  • 750g potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1,000ml vegetable broth
  • Salt, pepper

Fry onions and garlic in oil on medium heat until fragrant.

Add carrots, potatoes and broth.

Simmer for 30-60 minutes, mash if desired, season.

I like to fry some spices (ginger, coriander, cumin) with the onion and garlic and add a generous bunch of parsley at the end – that’s what you see in the pictures. A vegan comforting healthy and cheap fall meal. Other versions include:

* Add 1lb ground beef to onion and garlic and fry until well-done, then proceed as described.

* Add a dollop of cream cheese at the end.

* Simmer pork meatballs in stew, add a pinch of nutmeg and some laurel.

* Add celery and leek.

* For the brave: Add some ketchup on your plate.

* Exotic: Fry some yellow curry paste with onion and garlic, add a splash of coconut milk and coriander greens.

* Adventurous: How about a bit of flaked tuna and some chili?

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Proof that I could have fed three more people last night. Instead I put the other portions in the fridge for handy use at work.

And since I am always looking for new stews to try – what are your cherished fall recipes?

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8 Responses to “Unsung heroes: Carrot stew”

  1. Judy October 25, 2014 at 3:20 am #

    Good evening…reading Magaly’s page, I see you have won some Moon Greeting cards…have you sent her your mailing info yet? I’ve your prize in the box and ready to send…

  2. Judy October 25, 2014 at 3:21 am #

    Carrot stew sounds good!!

    • diandralinnemann November 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      Last night we had some made simply from potatoes, carrots, peas and onions, simmered in vegetable broth with some salt, pepper, lemon juice and cream. Looked like toad stew, but it was delicious!

  3. magalyguerrero October 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    I shall sing it down my throat!

  4. shelle November 7, 2014 at 1:46 am #

    I love the look of this!! I have printed out for my fridge (& to make & consume), love a tasty soup & love the easy way you can use as the base for other dishes too!! Thank You!!

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