17 April 2014

Hearty Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew


National Vegetarian Week runs from the 19 -25 May 2014 and in honour of the event Betta Living are hosting a vegetarian recipe competition.

Betta Living want to show that vegetarian food is more than just tofu, nut roasts and quorn dishes. They are offering the winner £750 worth of gift vouchers and there is also one runner up prize of £250 worth of vouchers to be won.

I will be on the judging panel, so get your thinking caps on, your knives out and your entries in.




To get the ball rolling I've made the most gorgeous Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew. I served it up with rice, toasted pitta bread, creme fraiche and mango chutney, but it would also be great with mashed potatoes and some green vegetables or spooned over a baked potato with a dollop of soured cream.

My chickpea and sweet potato stew was mildly spiced as my mother-in-law and little boy aren't overly fond of very spicy food, but feel free to increase the amount of chilli and spices when you make it yourself.

The stew was really delicious and very filling. It will be appearing on our dinner table on a regular basis. It's so easy to throw it all in, leave it to cook and develop all that mouthwatering flavour. It's one of those dishes that is even better the next day.

I made a huge potful as there was 6 of us, but you can keep leftovers in the fridge for a few days or freeze them.

Check out my fellow judges Becky and her Super Speedy Pot Luck Quiche and Cass with her Colourful Quick and Easy Vegetable Risotto.


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Hearty Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew
A spiced stew of chickpeas, sweet potato, baby potatoes, carrots and parsnips. A filling family meal that everyone will love.
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 4 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 - 3 tsp chilli powder
  • 15 small baby potatoes, halved
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped into chunks
  • 4 - 6 medium carrots carrots, sliced fairly thickly
  • 2 large parsnips, sliced fairly thickly
  • 3 x 400g tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large glass white wine
  • 1 vegetable stock pot with 500ml boiling water
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • a large handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Instructions
1. Saute the onion, garlic and fresh ginger in the olive oil in a large pot until the onion is soft and translucent.2. Add the dried spices and gently cook with the onions for a couple of minutes, than add all the vegetables and mix well.3. Add the chickpeas and pour in the wine, then add the stock and tomato puree. 4. Cover and leave to cook gently for 40 - 50 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender and the stew has thickened. If need be you can add more stock and cook a little longer.5. Season the stew with salt and pepper. Add the fresh coriander just before you serve.6. Enjoy! notes: You can use stock cubes instead of a vegetable stock pot. I would add 3 or 4 for flavour. Any leftover stew can be kept in the fridge for a few days or frozen into portions.
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Yield: Serves 8 - 10



Here are a few of the best veggie and vegan recipes I have found on the web this week:


1. Spicy Cauliflower-Cashew Bites with Wild Garlic Sauce and American ‘Buffalo’ Sauce - Food to Glow
2. Artichoke, Kale, and Ricotta Pie with Eggs and Parmesan - Kalyn's Kitchen
3. Za’atar Roasted Carrots and Green Beans - The Lemon Bowl


4. Spaghetti alla Puttaneca  - Amuse Your Bouche
5. Sweet Potato, Zucchini and Olive Quesadillas - Green Gourmet Giraffe
6. Chickpeas, Mango and Spinach in a Tomato Coconut Gravy - Lisa's Kitchen


I hope you are inspired to try some new vegetarian dishes. I look forward to seeing your entries. I will publish the winning entries at the end of May.

To keep up-to-date with all the latest foodie challenges, competitions and giveaways visit The Food Blog Diary.



Disclosure: I am being paid to host and judge this competition. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.
 

44 comments:

  1. Fantastic! i have all the ingredients and I'm rushing over to the stove to start chopping and cooking - LOVE this!
    Mary x

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    1. Brilliant! I hope you enjoy it Mary. We did.

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  2. That stew sounds really delicious - chickpeas are a special favourite of mine. I'll be trying this out during the week. Thank you!

    I hope the competition produces lots of great recipes - I'll pass this on to cooking friends in the UK. I can't wait to see what people create.

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    1. I love chickpeas too Marie. I could just eat them straight from the can before they even get near my cooking pot.

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  3. Thanks for the heads up on National Vegetarian Week - will keep note and try my hardest to eat veggie that week, This looks like a lovely, comforting recipe.

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    1. Thanks Ren. I am sure veggie food will be no struggle for you.

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  4. I love the flavours in this soup. Spices with the sweet potatoes and chickpeas must be delicious! mmm.
    And will try and focus on veggie this week!

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    1. It's a great one. I love when you can just through everything in one pot and get such delicious results!

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  5. What a great list of veggie recipes, who could ever get bored on a vegetarian diet? Your recipe looks warm, sweet and deep x

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    1. No, you never get bored, not will all the amazing veggie/vegan recipe out there!

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  6. This stew looks gorgeous its very similar to South African bunny chow that I make often.

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    1. Ahhh now fancy that. Never heard of that before.

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  7. I wrote about this the other day but I reckon that you probably eat a great variety of different foods on a vegetarian or vegan diet that on the standard Western diet.

    Lovely lovely stew Jac!

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  8. Yummy! Can't beat a good chickpea stew, have some bubbling away right now :-)

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    1. They are good. So tasty and healthy too!

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  9. Love it Jac! Your stew recipes always make me drool on my laptop ;)

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  10. I love chickpeas and sweet potato, so I really love the sound of this, lots of lovely spices in there too.

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    1. Thanks Janice, it might be a good one for your slow cooker.

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  11. Nice recipe - chickpeas are such a good ingredient, even a die hard carnivore like me doesn't miss meat in a chickpea dish

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    1. It is wonderful and filling. Great textures too.

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  12. Lovely stew Jac, with some of my favorites. Thanks for sharing one of my creations on this post too. xo

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    1. That's ok Lisa and glad you like the stew :)

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  13. This looks delicious Jac and is making me feel terribly hungry! Despite it being Easter day today, I'm fasting and don't get to have any chocolate!

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    1. Oh my that is restrained of you Choclette. I am ashamed to say I have had half an Easter egg.

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  14. Sounds delicious Jac and looks stunning! I do adore chickpeas in stews and casseroles and the flavours you've got going in there sound wonderful. I'm going to have a think of a good veggie dish to contribution to the comp, do you think it would also be open to non-veggie contributers? Obviously the dish itself would be!

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    1. Yes of course it is Lou. It's just about promoting how good veggie food is and everyone can enjoy veggie food, even if they aren't a veggie themselves.

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  15. Thanks for the link-love Miss Jac! I love a hearty flavoursome stew with things like sweet potatoes and this looks so tasty. I would be in your camp with wanting extra spice ;-) Now that we are back from our holiday in the East Neuk it is on with the pinny and back to the kitchen. Lovely recipe. Pinning!

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    1. You had some glorious weather Kellie, which was ideal for your visit and yes get back into that kitchen :)

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  16. Your stew looks so delicious, and thanks for including my recipe.

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  17. That does look so delicious. The gravy is so thick and looks so full of flavour :)

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  18. The spices have me sold on this one. Thank you for the recipe

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  19. The herbs and spices have me sold on this one

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  20. Ooh, chickpeas and sweet potato! Do you think this would work in the slow cooker?

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    1. Definitely Stef, I don't know how long it would take though. Maybe look for similar recipes and see how long they cook for in a slow cooker.

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  21. Great in the slow cooker! followed the recipe (halved, only three of us) with all ingredients in a deep frying pan, transferred everything to the slow cooker at 6.30am, came home at 6pm to a lovely tea with only rice and garlic bread to cook. My teenage (meat-eating) son had thirds!

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    1. I am so glad it worked in the slow cooker and you enjoyed it, especially your son. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know. Jac :)

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