Meal Prep: Black Bean Stew

Hello! I know that making a good lunch is a bit of a struggle for a lot of people, so I’m going to try and post more lunch-related recipes and tips. Meal prep is a great solution to this problem, it just takes a lttle bit of planning and organization. On the weekends, its super easy to make a big batch of something, like this Black Bean Stew, and then BOOM; you have lunch for the week. This stew is delicious and only takes 15 minutes to make, not to mention you can serve it with pretty much whatever you want to switch up your lunch time experience. Because yes, eating this black bean stew is an experience.

Black Bean Stew

Serves: 3 (Makes three lunches)

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbs of tomato paste
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serving Suggestions:

  • quinoa
  • rice
  • tomato
  • lettuce
  • humms
  • sliced almonds
  • kale

Directions:

  1. In a pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add in the tomatoes and onions and cook for about 6-8 minutes, until both vegetables are soft.
  2. Toss the garlic, black beans, tomato paste and spices into the pan with the water. Stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Scoop into a reusable container on its own or with some of the above suggestions. Store in the fridge until you need it;)

It doesn’t get easier than that. This stew will leave you feeling satisfied and full. It tastes great cold, but if you pack it in a microwavable container you can always heat it up at school. Enjoy!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))

Moroccan Style Chickpea Stew

Hello there! For lunch today I made this delicious Moroccan Style Chickpea Stew. It’s packed with veggies and flavour and is the perfect way to start your week off right. I used a bunch of middle eastern spices to give it a kick, as well as some tahini and balsamic vinegar for extra deliciousness. To make sure that the carrots, peppers and sweet potatoes are cooked through I let this stew cook for about 50 minutes, but if you cut your veggies into smaller pieces then you can cut the cook time down a little bit. I sooooo wanted to freeze my leftovers in preparation for the start of school, but we’re out of freezer bags so I guess I’ll just have to eat it all in the next week. Not complaining too much about that! Quinoa makes a great vessel for this stew, but you can eat it with any other grain or even on its own. Hope you enjoy!

Moroccan Style Chickpea Stew

Serves: 4

Total Time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 a white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tbs oregano
  • 1/2 tbs chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized sweet potato, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 a bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add in the spices and tahini and cook for another two minutes.
  3. Dump the chickpeas, carrots, peppers, sweet potato, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar into the pot. Stir the mixture well and make sure that all the vegetables are covered by liquid. If they aren’t, I recommend adding the 1/2 cup of water so that everything cooks faster.
  4. Bring the stew to a boil and then let simmer for about 40-50 minutes, or until all of the vegetables are soft. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with cooked grains and enjoy!

Have a great week everyone!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))