How about some stew? It’s a lot more versatile than you may think, considering you can make it with beef, chicken, lamb, fish, seafood, tofu or even just vegetables. Check out these 15 recipes that offer something for omnivore and vegetarian alike.
Part of the yum factor in a stew is the gravy that results from cooking your ingredients in liquid — be it water, wine or beer — and because you have to simmer a stew for a few hours, it’s easy to see why people tend to use meat ideal for slow-cooking. But vegetarians and vegans need not bid stew farewell. Check out this recipe from Herbal Academy of New England, which uses lentils and quinoa. And this vegan stew only needs to simmer for a total of 45 minutes tops (rather than four hours).
You’ll have to break out that slow cooker to make this recipe from Sweet Peas & Saffron.
Chicken is the star ingredient in this stew recipe from Gimme Some Oven, and you don’t need hours and hours to make it, either. About 20 minutes of prep and 20 minutes of cooking is all you need, unless you use a slow cooker, of course.
The chicken in this recipe from Amazing Soup Recipes stews in white wine.
Jamie Oliver explains that the key to this recipe for Aubergine Stew is to try to get a firm eggplant. Ideally, the eggplant should have very few seeds — which of course is difficult to assess until after you cut into the sucker. And when cutting the eggplant, make sure they are large pieces so that you can not only enjoy the texture but also keep the eggplant chunks from becoming too heavy with oil.
White button mushrooms and cremini — or baby Portobello mushrooms — are the “meat” in this vegetarian stew from The Curvy Carrot that proves you don’t need meat to be hearty, filling and delicious.
Cod or halibut are the ideal choices for this recipe from Simply Recipes for fish stew.
Omnivores who want Meatless Monday recipe ideas or simply want to make a cheap but hearty meal should check out Café Johnsonia’s vegan white bean stew.
This slow-cooker stew recipe from Skinny Taste features chunks of lean pork, tomatoes, green chiles and jalapeño. Talk about hot stuff.
This beef stew recipe from She Wears Many Hats includes butternut squash, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and onions. The only thing we would add is a few cloves of garlic because we can’t get enough of the stuff.
Moqueca is a Brazilian fish stew made with various kinds of seafood, coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, fresh cilantro and palm oil. What’s Gaby Cooking used mahi mahi and shrimp for this version, but explains that any kind of flaky white fish will do. Substitute palm oil with vegetable oil and a teaspoon or two of paprika.
If you love lamb, you will love this recipe for Turkish lamb stew from The Kitchn. The ingredients are simple, just cooked rice, onion, tomato and green beans. Serve and top with some plain Greek yogurt.
Who says you can’t use tofu to make a hearty stew? This African-inspired recipe from Eating Consciously combines it with kale, onion, garlic, tomato, spices, gingerroot, peanut butter and coconut milk for some seriously mouthwatering results.