Sunday, 4 May 2014

Easy, healthy recipes: lazy day stew

Easy healthy recipes: Lazy day stew
Hi there and happy Monday! Things around here are still settling down, and I've been in a bit of a food rut last week. There are so many fantastic recipes I want to try. I mean, the ideas are still flowing, but when it comes down to it, I'm too tired to cook or have too many other things to do that distract me from really getting creative. This week, I'm even more determined to turn things around. We have nothing major going on and are mostly unpacked. This means, I should be able to find some time to get busy in the kitchen! I'm also quite excited to get my curious little sidekick more involved in cooking. 

In spite of or maybe because of the cooking rut I've been in, I've really been loving one pot dishes. This lazy stew was so easy to throw together, and I loved that I was still able to provide a healthy meal to my family, in spite of spending about ten minutes prepping it. I love easy, healthy recipes! 





Ingredients

  • 1 tin of tomatoes or I used about a cup of fresh tomatoes that I had roasted in the oven
  • 4 cups water
  • 1.5 cups cauliflower 
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas 
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 green bell pepper  
  • 5 button mushrooms
  • 1 cup stock (chicken or vegetable) 
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • A thumb sized chunk of grated ginger 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1.5 tablespoons dried coriander 
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric 
  • Oil for cooking (I used about a teaspoon of coconut oil) 
  • Optional: A sprinkle of chili flakes
  • Optional: 2 chicken breasts 


*Note, this is a paleo recipe, but if you are vegan/vegetarian, simply skip out on the meat. You could also replace them with a half a cup to one cup black beans or chickpeas. These are my go to meat replacements. 

Instructions


  • Pan fry chicken 
  • Once the chicken has browned, dump in the onion 
  • While these are cooking away, chop up fresh vegetables 
  • After the onion is translucent, add the rest of the veggies and spices
  • Pan fry for a few minutes, and make sure to stir occasionally 
  • Add water and tomatoes
  • Bring to boil
  • Simmer, uncovered, for half an hour or until the vegetables are soft enough for your preferences 



See, it's so easy! Dump, and go! If you have a slow cooker, you could definitely make this in there. I don't anymore. It's on my new house, to buy list though. Anyhow, this is such an easy, healthy recipe, with or without a slow cooker. 

This was something that I hadn't actually planned on making. It was something that came to me simply by opening my fridge, picking out a few ingredients that looked tasty, and then... a meal happened. I'm really glad I wrote down the ingredients as I threw them in because I will definitely be making this stew again! And again! I also think it could be freezable, but haven't tried yet. 

For more tasty, easy recipes, check out my healthy recipes page! For more paleo inspiration, stop by my Paleo Friendly pinterest board. 

Today, I am linking up at the Merry Monday Linky Party at My Pinventures 

Thank you for stopping by!
Yuliya