Vegetable & White Bean Stew

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People eat better when they plan ahead. Start organizing a menu now for next week. Instead of grabbing fast food, make a better choice. Keep these ingredients on hand and you’ll always be able to create a healthy dinner. Quick and simple, this one-pot recipe is perfect for weeknights. I put this together in about 40 minutes. It’s loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and flavour.

Vegetable & White Bean Stew
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 pound brown mushrooms, quartered
  • ¼ teaspoon tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 10 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 1 can (14½ ounces) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and potatoes. Cook until onion is lightly caramelized, 8 to 10 minutes. Add mushrooms, tarragon, and salt. Stir often until mushrooms are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomato paste and 2 cups water. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add half of the spinach. Cover, and cook until wilted, about a minute. Add remaining spinach and beans. Cook, covered until heated through. Stir in vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.
You could also use dried white beans instead of canned. Just soak the beans overnight, then cook them in a crockpot the following day. This is one of those recipes that is more of a guideline really. Be creative with it depending on what is available in your kitchen. I’ve substituted kale for the spinach.You could substitute the tarragon with any dried herb. Thyme and marjoram both work well. I’ve also added silken tofu before to add more protein and texture.

veget bean soup potI selected a bottle of Liberty School Cuvee for this recipe. Grown in Paso Robles, California (at a price that won’t break the bank), this Cuvee is comprised of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Viognier.

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