Global Stews

Tagine of Squash and Chickpeas with Mushrooms

I love the unusual combination of flavorings in this dish. The tastes of the cinnamon and ginger really come through, and the bittersweet mixture of lemon and honey, with a sprinkling of currants, adds a perfect finish. Serve this over whole-grain couscous to complement the Middle Eastern flavors. Add spinach or Swiss chard to complete the meal. Use a medium to large (3 ½ to 5 quart) slow cooker. Excerpted  from The Vegetarian Slow Cooker* by Judith Finlayson. Reprinted by permission. © 2010, Robert Rose, Inc. All rights reserved. more→

Country Captain Stew

Country Captain Stew

Though this tasty Country Captain Stew bears a passing resemblance to the classic East Indian mulligatawny, it’s actually an adaptation of a classic curried chicken stew recipe from the American South. This meatless version substitutes chunks of tofu or seitan. The harmony of sweet and savory flavors in a curried base is most appealing. Serve with a crusty whole-grain bread. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Curried Mixed Vegetable Stew

This colorful vegetable curry is an easy, aromatic way to enjoy veggies in a warming, spiced (but not too spicy) sauce. Serve with fresh flatbread, brown rice or other grain, and a simple salad of cucumber mixed with coconut yogurt and cilantro. more→

West African-Style Peanut and Okra Stew

West African Peanut Okra Stew

This peanut and okra stew is a westernized version of a typical African dish, made in various ways around the continent. I first made this stew as part of an “African feast” at my kids’ school some years ago in conjunction with a class project. Privately, I doubted that any of the kids, then third and fourth graders, would eat this. I couldn’t have been more mistaken! The kids not only loved making it, but every last drop was scraped from the huge pot. Recipe adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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