Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Veggie Hominy Stew

I think hominy is pretty neat.

And I'm pretty sure we're all on the same page about my deep adoration for kale. (Much to Honey's dismay, I might add.)

So I put the two together last week. It was one of those crazy busy weeknights where I wondered if I would even get dinner on the table. We've been having a lot of those lately.

I added some other fun veg and my favorite faux meat: The porcini mushroom field roast made by Field Roast Grain Meat Co. Have you had it? it's absolutely delicious. Delicious! And great for a weeknight meal such as this one.

It adds protein and texture to this simple, no fuss stew and definitely adds to the full, fun flavor. It seriously tastes like you slaved hours in the kitchen. So when people rave, just smile and wave.

4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 teaspoon turkish curry (and maybe a little more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
3-5 cups mushroom broth
About 1/2 teaspoon salt (and more to taste)
About 1/4 teaspoon pepper (and more to taste)
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, juice and all
1 29oz can hominy, half drained
4-6 leaves kale, de-ribbed and chopped/torn into bite sized pieces
1/2 loaf field roast, cut into bite sized pieces
1 ripe avocado, sliced, for garnish

In a soup pot, heat a little extra virgin olive oil on med/high heat. Add garlic and stir/cook for about 1 minute. Add celery and carrot to your garlic and continue to stir/cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Reduce heat a little and add curry and paprika to your veg mix and stir. Add mushroom broth and salt and pepper. Stir then let cook about 10 minutes on low/med heat.

Add the rest of your ingredients: Diced tomatoes, hominy, kale pieces and field roast pieces. Stir well then cover and continue to cook another 15-20 minutes.

Taste your stew and add salt and pepper and/or a little more curry, if you like.

When the veg is soft, your stew is ready to serve!

Ladle into bowls and top with fresh avocado slices.

You can even serve with a lovely green salad, for a little fresh fiber.




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