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Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

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. Which 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 this 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 more meaty 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. They're 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 lighter 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. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy stew, stew, white bean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 282 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Add sun dried tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, white beans, tomato paste and herbs and stir together.
  3. Stir in salt and pepper then bring to a boil then reduce to simmer and cook partially covered for 1 hour.
  4. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Serve warm into bowls and top with a scoop of quinoa (or serve quinoa under the stew if you so choose).
  6. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Nourishing Quinoa + White Bean Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 472mg 20%
Potassium 1870mg 53%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 17g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 14.9%
Vitamin C 34.5%
Calcium 18.3%
Iron 45%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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!)

    • 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!

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

    • 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!

  3. 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!

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