Bean Stews and Chilis
This meatless version of a rustic Provençal stew, made with white beans, is sensual and satisfying. A fresh, crusty French baguette is perfect for soaking up its delicious broth. A bountiful tossed salad makes it a complete meal. more→
With the addition of sweet potatoes, this easy chili is filling and warming. Baking or microwaving the sweet potatoes ahead of time cuts down on both the preparation as well as the cooking time. Enjoy leftovers for a thermos lunch or subsequent dinners. Serve with stone-ground whole grain tortillas — they’re great for dipping into the chili, or even for grabbing some of it, soft taco style. Or, fresh corn bread is a wonderful companion as well. Serve with a simple salad or any of VegKitchen’s coleslaws and/or a side of sautéed greens or steamed broccoli. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→
Here’s a great main dish option for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s somewhat like chili, though more about the squash than beans. In Native American mythology, squash, corn, and beans are known as of the “three sisters” — the very crops that the harvest festival of Thanksgiving is meant to celebrate! If you bake your pumpkin or squash a day ahead, the stew will come together in a snap. And if you’re not accustomed to dealing with winter squash, or don’t have the time, see the shortcut following the recipe. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.
Kind of a simplified chili, here’s a hearty stew featuring beans and corn. If your beans are cooked, or you’re using canned, this comes together very quickly when you want a cool-weather dinner in a hurry. Serve with a simply prepared grain like quinoa, rice, or couscous and a big salad. more→
While this bakes, you will be enchanted with the aromatic mingling of nutty coconut sauce infused with lime, ginger, and curry. It is a deeply flavorful dish that is also almost effortless in preparation. Everything comes together lickety-split and you have an exotic bean entrée to serve over rice. Recipe reprinted from Let Them Eat Vegan* by Dreena Burton (Da Capo, ©2012), by permission. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.
Though inspired by Brazil’s famous national dish (feijoada), this stew doesn’t claim to be authentic, but it is abundant with nourishing ingredients. I love the contrast of the black beans and sweet potatoes, both flavor-wise and visually. Serve with steamed fresh greens and a tropical fruit salad or orange slices, as shown here. See the comments by a Brazilian reader, below, on how this differs from the national dish. more→
This classic recipe is easy and quick to prepare using good quality canned chickpeas (as we more commonly refer to garbanzos). Serve with fresh bread and a simple homemade coleslaw. Adapted fromVegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→
Cincinnati “Chili Mac” features hearty bean chili with varying ingredients and seasonings. The one standard factor is that it’s always served over spaghetti. A touch of sweet spices (such as cinnamon or allspice) are added as well. The result: a hybrid recipe that’s uniquely American. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky. more→