Global Stews

African-American Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

sweet potato stew

This stew contains peanuts, sweet potato and black-eyed peas, a triumvirate of nutrient-dense, delicious crops. Time does the work with this stew, the taste is lovely and complex. Pairs beautifully with rice or flatbread. more→

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Brazilian-Inspired Black Bean Stew

Brazilian Black Bean Stew

Though inspired by Brazil’s famous national dish (feijoada), this stew doesn’t claim to be authentic, but 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. Thanks to Nanette Blanchard for the lovely photo! See the comments by a Brazilian reader, below, on how this differs from the national dish. more→

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Callaloo-Style Vegetable Soup

callaloo by Robin Robertson

This luscious soup pairs colorful vegetables with a spicy coconut broth. To make it more substantial, add the optional kidney beans.  Some cooked rice added to the bottom of each bowl is another good addition for turning it into a one-dish meal.  This recipe is from Vegan Fire & Spice* by Robin Robertson © 2008, Vegan Heritage Press. Photo by Evan Atlas. more→

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Southeast Asian–Style Vegetable Stew

Southeast Asian-Style Vegetable Stew

Broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and peppers mingle in a rich coconut–peanut base, making a stew that’s great all year round. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Theresa Raffetto.

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Tofu Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower and Potato Curry)

tofu aloo gobiWe’ve rarely gone out for Indian food without including this classic cauliflower and potato curry among our selections. It’s a vegetarian/vegan standard. This simplified rendition comes together quickly, and the tofu mimics paneer, the bland, soft cheese found in some Indian dairy dishes. Photo courtesy of In My Box: An Exploration of My CSA Box. more→

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Indonesian-Style Vegetable Stew with Rice Noodles

Asian rice noodles

Characteristic of certain Indonesian vegetable dishes are colorful vegetables (in this case, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and bell pepper), this stew is enveloped in a rich, spicy peanut sauce and embellished with rice noodles. This has so much going for it that you need only a simple salad to complete the meal. more→

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Koorma Vegetable Curry

The term koorma refers to a Northern Indian style of cookery that utilizes yogurt. For vegans and for those who wish to adapt this to dairy-free, use coconut yogurt. more→

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Thai-Spiced Sweet Potato Stew

With Thai ingredients available at most natural foods stores and well-stocked supermarkets, it has become easy to enjoy the delightful flavors of this cuisine at home. Use your discretion with the red or green curry paste; a little will give a hint of heat, but if you want a spicier stew, you can step it up from there. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for all Seasons by Nava Atlas.

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