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Rainbow Root Veggie Stew: A Plant-Powered Fall Favorite

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Fall In Love With Whole Foods

Fall is here and farmers’ markets are ripe with an abundance of root veggies! Although I will miss my healthy supply of watermelon and fresh-picked strawberries, there are so many new and delicious fruits and veggies that come into season at this time of year!

This was one of the very first recipes that Dusty and I created when we were just beginning to transition to a plant-based lifestyle about 6 years ago, and it’s been a tried and true fall-favorite ever since! We’ve always loved this stew because it incorporates such an abundant variety of colorful, vitamin and mineral-rich veggies, and the natural flavors are so incredibly satisfying!

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Orange You Glad?

The transition from summer to fall can be a difficult one, but this bold, bright stew will help lift your spirits, boost your mood, and nourish your body! This rainbow root veggie stew is high in Vitamin A, C, K, iron, folate calcium, and zinc, to name a few. On top of that, it contains all essential amino acids, making it a filling and fantastic protein source. If you’re feeling blue, serve up some of this bright and nutritious stew for an instant pick-me-up!


Get Grounded

When you think about picking fruit from up high in a tree, it only makes sense that it provides an elevating boost to mind, body, and soul. In the same way, vegetables growing low to the earth, or in the dirt in this case, are very calming, warming, and grounding. It’s no wonder that we eat root veggies in the fall, when the weather gets cool, the leaves begin to fall, and our bodies innately want to slow down.

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Pressure Cooker: A Plant-Eater’s Best Friend

Cosori was kind enough to send us their pressure cooker to try out, so we put it to the test against our Instant Pot! Here’s the verdict: The look is slightly more sleek, it has extra features & buttons, comes with a steamer rack, a clear lid, and even cooks faster! We’re SOLD!

The benefits of using a pressure cooker instead of boiling, frying, or baking your food, is that it retains nearly 90-95% of nutrients, according to the Journal of Food Science—which is far more than the other methods listed!

The Cosori cost is comparable to the Instant Pot, but we’ve got a deal for you! These guys were kind of enough to offer our friends, family, & followers a discount code for a limited time only!

Use 10COSORIV3 for 10% off thru Oct. 20 (US residents only) at this link: Cosori Pressure Cooker

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Rainbow Root Veggie Stew

Fall is here and farmers’ markets are ripe with an abundance of root veggies! This warming and hearty vegan stew is low in fat and packed full of vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy carbs, and tastes rainbow-licious!

High in Vitamin A, C, K, iron, folate, calcium, zinc, & contains all essential amino acids.

gluten-free, oil-free, low-fat, nutrient-dense

serves: 4-6 // time: 40min

ingredients:

  • 1 large, yellow or sweet onion, diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3-4 sweet potatoes (about 6 cups, cubed)

  • 3 cups beets, cubed

  • 4 carrots, sliced thinly

  • 4 celery stalks, sliced thinly

  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed

  • green curly kale, torn

  • 4 cups liquid (water, veggie broth, and/or light coconut milk)

  • salt + pepper to taste

method:

  1. Chop all veggies and rinse lentils.

  2. Place all ingredients into pressure cooker, slow cooker, or stovetop pot and pour in liquid. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Give a quick stir and make sure lentils are entirely submerged.

  4. Cooking times:

    • Pressure cooker (Cosori): Place lid on and turn vent to sealed position. Click “Stew” button (25 minutes), and slick Start. Press stop, turn valve to vent position, and remove lid.

    • Stovetop pot: Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, stirring often, until all ingredients are soft and cooked through.

    • Slow cooker: Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

  5. Top with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, extra salt + pepper to taste, cozy up, and enjoy!

notes

  • There’s something about second-day stew that’s even better—refrigerate or freeze and enjoy a second helping when you’re in a pinch!

  • Also tastes great with curry powder mixed in!

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Embrace The Seasons Of Life

With Baby S on the way, Dusty and I are a ball full of mixed emotions—excited, anxious, nervous, you name it, we’ve felt it! I’ve come to realize that the fear of the unknown is what’s been eating me, and future tripping helped no one ever. So if you’re feeling anxious or on-edge about something in your own life, remember to take the time to slow down, get present, be mindful, and focus on TODAY!

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. —Japanese Proverb

You’ll soon notice a pattern—that each and every moment of each and every day isn’t so bad, despite our big-picture fears! We all go through different seasons in life, just like the weather, and the more flexible we can be, the better able to adapt we will become!

DESIGNED FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE,

ERIN

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Hearty Holiday Kale & Sweet Potato Veggie Chili

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Chilly Outside, Chili Inside

It's a Saturday morning as I write this scrumptious blog post from the warmth of my bed, Home Alone 2 and Christmas music playing simultaneously in the background, two small trees fill the room with a glow, and then it happens--I look up, and all of a sudden, great big snowflakes are falling from the sky! 'Tis the season!

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We are now well into the holiday season, and a chill has swept over the plains. When the temperature drops, nothing tastes better than a big bowl of hearty stew. Growing up, Mom's homemade chili was a Christmas Eve tradition that I always looked forward to. Since switching to a whole foods, plant-based diet a few years ago, I've taken a handful of my favorite childhood recipes and translated them into colorful, plant-powered renditions that are equally as satisfying.

Arm your immune system with a generous helping of vitamins and minerals to help combat the cold and flu bug this season! The vitamin C in this veggie-loaded recipe is off the charts, thanks to two superstars: sweet potatoes and kale, not to mention, all of the other rainbow veggies you're going to add in, as well! 

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Carb Up

Despite what some health gurus may say, carbohydrates are your friend! Food is fuel, and carbs are energy. The body prefers glucose as its primary fuel source, and we get it most readily from carbohydrates. There are only three macronutrients: carbohydrate, fat, and protein. When we get too much fat in our diet, we're susceptible to heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes; when we get too much protein, our kidneys and other organs have to work overtime to process and expel the excess, which also steals our body's energy in the process. Simply put, when we get the majority of our calories from carbohydrates and fewer fats and proteins, our bodies can easily digest and use the food as fuel to energize us and help us to thrive.

For more info on how awesome carbs are, check out this 2-minute video from Dr. John McDougall and a few other articles on Forks Over Knives!

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Can't Beat Sweet

Stick to whole food carbohydrates, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans, and steer clear of refined sources like donuts, bagels, white pastas, and table sugar. Sweet potatoes are a staple around the Stanczyk household--we love to roast them, mash them, blend them, and steam them. Potatoes, both regular and sweet, are one of the most ideal healthy carbohydrate sources, which is why we tossed them into this hearty chili recipe. Starchy carbs are great because they give you the calories you need to keep you full, without taxing your digestive system like meats and cheeses would. This stew will give your body an abundance of all of the nutrients it requires to thrive, without the incorporation of acidifying foods likes ground beef or being topped with loads of cheese.

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The Holy Kale

Kale is a must! I love to de-stem and tear up a few leaves of dinosaur (lacinato) kale and toss it on top of just about any soup or stew. It adds a nice pop of dark green and tons of vitamin K, A, and C, as well as magnesium and folate. 

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Hearty Holiday Kale & Sweet Potato Veggie Chili

vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, vitamin-packed

serves: 6-8 // time: 1 hour

Trim the tree, deck the halls, and dish up a hearty bowl of this vitamin-packed, cold weather favorite. This colorful, veggie-loaded chili is the perfect wintertime stew to warm you up and keep you full. Root veggies are all the rage in the fall and winter months, and sweet potatoes are ripe with vitamin C to keep your immune system in check and add a slightly sweet spin on this classic!

 

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ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups kidney beans
  • 1.5 cups cannellini beans
  • 2 very large sweet potatoes
  • 1 very large heirloom tomato
  • 2 bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 4 large leaves de-stemmed kale
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • or I used 2 roma tomatoes and handful sun-dried tomatoes blended
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
  • sea salt and/or cracked pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water

method:

  1. Place all chopped veggies into a large pot. 
  2. Add tomato paste and spices, cover with water, and stir.
  3. Bring pot to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover with lid. Check and stir frequently.
  4. When sweet potatoes are thoroughly cooked, add torn up kale, cover with lid, and let steam for a couple of minutes.
  5. Remove lid, give one last stir, and dish up!

options:

  • Feel free to add more tomatoes--you'll note above, I blended some of mine to make my own thick, tomato paste/sauce.
  • Add red split lentils or green lentils to thicken up the stew.
  • For a slightly cheesy, (non-dairy) flavor, top with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.
  • Crunch up whole grain crackers or croutons on top.
  • Leftovers for days! This chili tastes even better second day! I don't know what it is about stews and soups, but this one is no exception to the rule! 
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You can also find this hearty chili recipe, as well as a sneak peek into our holiday home decor on the EatMoveRest YouTube channel below!

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Where To Go Next:

The holidays are supposed to be the most joyful time of the year, but do you ever feel like they're also the most stressful? For more helpful tips and tricks for staying sane and loving every minute of Christmas time, check out:  7 Holiday Hang-ups & 7 Simple Solutions Day 1 Here

Also be sure to sign-up for my monthly In The Raw newsletter for a dose of inspiration, deals, and fun facts you won't find anywhere else! Here's a glimpse of my December Newsletter!

Until next time, enjoy your hearty veggie chili, and Happy Holidays, from mine to yours!

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

Erin Stanczyk