Stuffed Pepper Stew

Hey there! Hope you’re all doing well;)) I find that cooking is a great way to stay busy, so I’ve been trying to at least plan out new recipes every day. I wanted to make stuffed peppers, because they’re so comforting and delicious. But it turns out that I only had one big pepper, and two mini ones. Here’s where some quarantine problem solving comes in! This Stuffed Pepper Stew combines all of the flavours of a stuffed pepper, but in stew form. It’s so good and uses super simple ingredients! It actually might be better than a stuffed pepper, because it reminds me of an amazing Hungarian pepper dish that my Mom and Grandma make. Plus, there’s lots of protein in there from lentils. I also used some soy sauce to boost the savoury flavour, which is a trick I learned from The Stingy Vegan. All the veggies get simmered in a delicious broth that’s loaded with herbs and spices, and it’ll make your house smell really good;)) This stew is also one of those things that tastes better the next day, because all of the flavours sit together overnight. Check out the recipe down below;))

Stuffed Pepper Stew

Serves: 4

Total Time: 90 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, any colour, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig of oregano, finely chopped (or 1/2 tbsp dried oregano)
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup green lentils
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add in the onion and cook until translucent, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add in the peppers and garlic, and cook for another six minutes until the peppers are soft.
  3. Dump the diced tomatoes, spices, soy sauce, herbs, and lentils into the pot and stir until combined. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer for about an hour, until the lentils have cooked through.
  4. Once the lentils are cooked, stir through the tomato paste and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Enjoy with rice, quinoa, some bread, or by itself!

Keep cooking and creating!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked

Lentil and Barley Stew

Hi there! I love cooking dishes that are part of my heritage, and this Lentil Barley Soup is my take on Hungarian Goulash. It’s a hearty, filling stew that uses a bunch of veggies, lentils and barley to create flavour. This stew is also great for freezing, so my freezer is stocked full of this stuff👍 Enjoy!

Lentil and Barley Stew

Serves: 6

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (any colour works; I used half green and half red)
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 3/4 cup green lentils
  • 1 cup pot barley
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in the onions and peppers and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the paprika, chilli powder, carrots, barley and lentils. Place back on the heat and dump in the water.
  3. Bring the soup to a boil, then bring down to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 30 minutes, until the lentils and carrots are tender and the barley is cooked. Stir in the soy sauce.
  4. Enjoy! This soup can be frozen in resealable bags once cooled.

Hopefully this stew make your winter a little more bearable!!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

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;))