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Vegan Stew with Beans & Sweet Potato

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Healthy vegan stew is the perfect winter warmer full of nourishing hearty ingredients like beans, quinoa and sweet potato. Serve with crusty bread for an easy dinner.

I’m always looking for healthy comfort food recipes in the winter and this is my new favourite one!

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This vegan stew is just the best guys. It’s so nourishing and delicious and makes you feel happy and warm inside while still being super good for you.

Although we’re not vegan I’m keen to try more vegan recipes (in fact I just rounded up some of my favourite vegan comfort food recipes) and it seems like they do pretty well on the blog, I guess you guys like them too!

My new planned switch is to try out a plant based milk alternative. I read an article the other day about how wasteful the production of cow’s milk is so that got me thinking about trying some new options. So far I’ve only tried oat milk but it tasted just like cow’s milk in my tea so I’m happy to stick with that one. The only thing I’m unsure about is which one is best to use for cooking.

Any thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite plant based milk!

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Anyway, I wanted to make something really hearty and comforting because, as we all know, I’m not one for eating salads in the winter. I am alllll about that comfort food.

So I really just chucked in all that good stuff.

We’ve got sweet potato, we’ve got kidney beans, we’ve got quinoa and we’ve got kale. I added a mixture of spices including ginger, cinnamon and turmeric which gave it a really warming flavour perfect for this time of year.

I found it amazing served up with a few (ok many) slices of crusty bread but if you’d like a bit extra then you could serve it over some rice.

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Vegan Stew Ingredients:

  • Spices: Garlic, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric give this stew a warming and comforting flavour
  • Sweet Potato: Peeled and chopped into little chunks
  • Beans: I went with kidney beans but really any bean or even a chickpea would work great in here
  • Quinoa: Just a little adds that extra bit of bulk to this stew and makes it a meal all in one
  • Kale: Buy the whole leaves if you can and chop it yourself making sure to remove the stems

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Vegan Stew Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil and fry the onion for a couple of minutes then add the garlic and ginger and cook for a little longer until everything is soft.
  2. Add the spices and stir then add the all of the rest of the ingredients apart from the kale and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the kale and simmer for another 5 minutes and allow it to wilt then serve.

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Vegan Stew Variations:

  • Add some protein: If you want to bulk this out a bit more you could try adding some tofu. Try frying up some cubes and adding before serving
  • Try different spices: If you want to change it up you could switch for smoked paprika or add a hint of spice with some cayenne pepper
  • Add extra vegetables: Try adding even more veg to this, broccoli would be good!

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WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS VEGAN STEW WITH BEANS & SWEET POTATO?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

Skillet Vegetable Pie with Garlic Butter

Add leftover kale to this one pot vegetable pie

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Vegetarian Enchiladas with Quinoa

Stuff these enchiladas with your leftover quinoa

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Vegan Stew with Sweet Potato & Beans

Healthy vegan stew is the perfect winter warmer full of nourishing hearty ingredients like beans, quinoa and sweet potato. Serve with crusty bread for an easy dinner.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 400 g tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Sweet Potato cubed
  • 400 g tin Kidney Beans drained and rinsed
  • 50 g Quinoa
  • 1 litre Vegetable Stock
  • 100 g Kale chopped
  • Bread to serve

Instructions

  • Heat the oil over a medium heat and add the onion, fry for a couple of minutes then add the garlic and ginger and cook until softened.
  • Add the spices and stir to coat then add the sweet potato, passata, beans, quinoa and stock and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the kale and simmer for another 5 minutes before serving with bread.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Stew with Sweet Potato & Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 175mg 7%
Potassium 933mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 5g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 144.5%
Vitamin C 52.8%
Calcium 12.5%
Iron 29.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Alina | Cooking Journey Blog
    19/01/2019 at 11:37 AM


    I love such healthy and colorful eat-me bowls this time of the year! What are those black seeds on top?

    • Reply
      Amy
      20/01/2019 at 11:52 AM

      Thanks Alina, they’re nigella seeds, one of my favourite things, I add them to everything!

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    19/01/2019 at 1:18 PM


    This truly sounds like some serious comfort food. I love stews with beans, and the sweet potatoes are a great touch. Yum!

    • Reply
      Amy
      20/01/2019 at 11:41 AM

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Julia
    19/01/2019 at 1:51 PM


    Thanks for the inspiration! I have quinoa in my pantry but usually use it in salads. Now I can be a bit more creative with it :).

    • Reply
      Amy
      20/01/2019 at 11:40 AM

      Thanks Julia, it adds a lovely extra texture!

  • Reply
    Chichi Uguru
    19/01/2019 at 2:19 PM


    This vegan stew looks delicious and comforting. Everyone would love this. Such a pretty dish. Yum!!

    • Reply
      Amy
      20/01/2019 at 11:39 AM

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    David
    19/01/2019 at 2:28 PM


    This recipe looks delicious! Pinning to my recipes to try board. I haven’t tried quinoa in a soup or stew. In response to your question, there’s a coconut cream product I like to use in place of heavy cream. Works nicely in things like fettuccine.

    • Reply
      Amy
      20/01/2019 at 11:39 AM

      That’s a great tip, thank you so much David, I’ll look out for it 🙂

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