Hearty Winter Stew in April!

I can’t believe I’m sitting here blogging about hearty winter stews and it’s April! Do you think we will ever get a spring/summer in the UK??

Thursday is leftover night. A night for rummaging about in the freezer and trying to use up some of those tubs of leftovers. I unearthed 1) brown rice, 2) noodles, and 3) spaghetti.

A good beany stew seemed like a good addition to the above so here we go:

2 onions
2 cloves garlic
2 grated carrots
1 grated courgette
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 can red kidney beans
1 can green lentils
2 tbs tomato purée
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
A little vegetable stock

If you have some vegetable water use this to sautée your onions and garlic until soft. If not, use a little water or oil of your choice. Add the grated carrots and courgettes, along with the tomato purée, cumin, chilli powder and salt. Give it all a good stir. Finally add the tinned tomatoes and drained/rinsed beans. If you feel it needs more liquid, add a little water.

Leave to simmer gently for about half an hour. Leaving it to stand for a little once cooked gives the flavours a chance to combine nicely. Reheat when you’re ready to sit down and eat.

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8 thoughts on “Hearty Winter Stew in April!

  1. In the West Midlands at the moment we have freezing cold nights, frosty mornings, sunshine (registered about 15C on my patio yesterday at midday and out of the breeze) and bitingly cold wind (at least the washing on the line gets reasonably dry) with a few piles of snow left from last week that just won’t melt. Crazy! One minute I want salad, the next I’m craving hot soup…

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