Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Beef up your stews

... without the beef. Oats and lentils really give your stew a thicker, hearty texture and flavor. Then, when you least expect it, the kale kicks it up a notch. Bam! [Zap Brannigan]

Oat groats, which are the whole oat grains, are great for men (and women, too) to lower bad cholesterol. Kale is great for women (especially as we age) to increase our calcium intake and absorption. Why not combine these yummy ingredients to share a healthy, scrumptious meal?

As always.. my recipes are easy! Basically, you just have to think about which ingredients need more time to cook. My times are approximate.



1/4 c oat groats
1/3 c lentils
2 celery stalks
2 carrots
1 medium red potato
1/2 can diced tomatoes
1/4 c corn
2 large kale leaves
2 not-chick'-n bullion cubes
optional: extra garlic, salt, pepper, thyme


Boil about 4 cups of water. Add diced potato.

15 minutes later add oat groats and spices.

20 minutes later add carrots.

20 minutes later add all remaining ingredients.

In 15-20 minutes it is ready! Remember to keep your water level higher if you want it soupier, let some of it absorb and evaporate for more of a stew. It'll be delicious both ways.

Enjoy in good health! Go vegan: get happy.

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