Dinner/Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew
March 10, 2015

by Alyssa Rimmer

Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew

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This dreamy quinoa + white bean stew is nourishing, comforting and completely vegetarian. It's also easy to make and only takes 5 minutes of hands-on time.

Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew (vegan + gluten-free) - the perfect way to end our winter season

This is it. My farewell to winter dish.

It’s a rich and hearty stew that might just be the one of the easiest recipes ever. It only takes a few minutes to prepare – you simply throw everything in the pot and let it bubble away on the stove while you snuggle up on the couch with a warm cup of tea. Just let the aromas of tomatoes waft through your house until you’re ready to eat. Then fill your bowl with stew, top it with some quinoa and cozy up to the perfect winter meal.

Sounds pretty amazing if you ask me.

 Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew (vegan + gluten-free) - the perfect way to end our winter season

Even though we’re still ten days away from Spring, and I have fully appreciated the nighttime snuggles on the couch, lazy Saturdays spent indoors watching our favorite movies and warm winter stews like this one, I'm seriously ready for Spring.

So this year, I'm calling it quits a little early.

Winter is over and I'm declaring tomorrow to the first day of Spring in my book. This means I'll be moving on to food that's lighter, brighter and packed full of raw veggies… but not before I share one final cold-weather meal.

This >> Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew. Yessss.

Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew (vegan + gluten-free) - the perfect way to end our winter season

I found a recipe for a tomato-based white bean stew, and I've tweaked it slightly to give it a bit more flavor and depth. My secret weapon is diced mushrooms which help the stew feel a bit meatier in texture, while still keeping it healthy and plant-based.

And in addition to the canned tomatoes, there's also a handful of chopped sun-dried tomatoes which add such a great flavor and just a bit more intensity to the dish. Their flavor is quite concentrated, so every few bites you'll get a burst of tomato and it helps to bring the whole stew to life.

Of course, I served ours with quinoa, but you could also substitute brown rice or even serve this over pasta (or zucchini noodles). It's hearty, but since it's vegetarian, I find that it still feels light and could easily be enjoyed on its own as well.

I can honestly say that I don't think we could be saying goodbye to winter with a better dish. Now let's enjoy one last cozy winter night and then cheers to Spring!

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Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew

A rich and hearty stew that might just be the one of the easiest recipes ever. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 282kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew (vegan + gluten-free) - the perfect way to end our winter season
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  • Heat oil in a dutch oven medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms begin to soften and release their liquids, about 2 minutes.
  • Add sun dried tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, white beans, tomato paste and herbs and stir together.
  • Stir in salt and pepper then bring to a boil then reduce to simmer and cook partially covered for 1 hour.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  • Serve warm into bowls and top with a scoop of quinoa (or serve quinoa under the stew if you so choose).
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 1870mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 28.5mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 8.1mg

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  1. This looks hearty and like “comfort food” at its finest! I’m always excited for vegetarian options like this, thank you for sharing! (And I’m pinning it for later!)

  2. yum! I have been trying to make more meatless meals but the trouble is that my BF hates beans so that cuts down on what I can make. Maybe I’ll just make this for myself and use it for lunches 🙂

    • My boyfriend is the same way, but he actually enjoyed this one. I served his over pasta so it felt more like a pasta sauce then a bean stew. I also think you could make it without the white beans (or tofu?) and it would still be delish!

  3. I FINALLY just got my husband on the quinoa train, and he is SO going to love this hearty stew! And, girlfriend, these photos are GORG! Pinned!

    • You’re awesome – yay! That makes me day 🙂 Let me know if he likes it (props to your hubs for being okay with beans!) xoxo

  4. Mmm, mmm, mmm! This looks so delicious Alyssa! I wish I had all ingredients to make this for lunch… maybe I do!

  5. I am sooooooo ready to give up winter but so not ready for frizzy hair and lack of soups and stews… I’ll probably be eating this on an eighty degree day with my AC jacked up =) Sounds amazing!

    • haha I hear ya! I’ll be sad to see my soups and stews go, but at least we do have chilled soups to look forward to (unless you’re not a fan of course). I personally love a chilled cucumber avocado soup!

  6. I really hope this is a farewell! These 50 degree days better stay now!
    This stew looks so yummy though! And I love tomato paste! The flavor is just so intense. I always use it when I make my personal pizza instead of traditional sauce!

    • Me too! I wanted to spend all day outside yesterday 🙂 And that pizza idea is so smart. Great way to cut down on unneeded sugars!

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