20 October 2014

Smoked Vegetable Stew

Smoky Vegetable Stew

It tastes like a slow cooked stew, but didn't take long to cook at all.  I made it in my REDMOND Multicooker. It handily has a stew setting, which was just what I needed.

So what else does it do? 

Redmond Multicooker Review

Yes, it does have quite a range of functions. I wanted to see how easy it was to make a stew now the colder nights have set in. 

So what do I think of it?

The text in the instruction manual is teeny and my eyesight just isn't up to it. I gave up on that and just had a play with the control panel. Bigger text please REDMOND! (Since I made my stew I've discovered the manual online, which you can zoom in for bigger text. Excellent!)

There are lots of preset programs, but you can change the amount of time you want it to cook your dish. I used the stew function, which takes 40 minutes and added an extra 10 minutes. The vegetables came out tender and the gravy was tasty, but next time I think I'll add a little flour to thicken it up. Mind you Graham requested I serve the stew with mashed potato and it soaked up the gravy marvellously.

multicooker review


I thought it was a really handy and swish looking bit of kit. I also appreciated not having to fry the onions and garlic first before adding the other vegetables, I just popped all the ingredient in at the same time. I'm all for time saving, so thumb up on that score.

The Multicooker REDMOND RMC-M4502 was quiet and the outside didn't overheat. Once the stew was ready, the pot just lifts out. It didn't beep once it was ready, so I had to keep an eye on the time, but leaving it to keep warm in the cooker wouldn't have done it any harm and it also has a keep warm function if you want to leave it until you are ready.

Vegetable stew

I'm a bit set in my ways, so I can't see myself making pasta or cakes in it, but it could be useful if you have a tiny kitchen and not much in the way of cooking and baking equipment. It would actually be a really good present for a teenager heading off to university for the first time. My advice would be to try it a few times first so they know what they are doing.

smoked paprika
photo: Steenbergs
My stew featured butternut squash, carrots, aubergine and courgette in a smoky tomato gravy. A very Autumnal stew that was fabulously filling and very comforting served with mashed potato.

I gave the gravy a smokey flavour with the addition of smoked paprika. I've been using the smoked paprika from Steenbergs recently. I love their stylish, easy-stacking pots and the paprika has a wonderful flavour and a rich red colour.

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A great thing about this stew is there is no fat added to it and it's pretty low calorie wise, so it's great for the 5:2 Diet and super healthy.

If you divide the stew into 6 portions it comes in at only 103 calories per portion. Divide it into a heartier 4 portions and you are still only looking at 154 calories.

  • Stew (divided into 6 portions) and 1 slice of medium wholemeal bread = 199 calories.
  • Stew (divided into 6 portions) with 1 medium potato and 38g peas = 302 calories.
  • Stew (divided into 6 portions) with Tesco Light Fresh Mash (½ pack) = 243 calories.


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vegan stew
Smoked Vegetable Stew
An Autumnal vegetable stew cooked in a multicooker.

If you don't have a multicooker saute the onion and garlic in a little oil until soft, then add the vegetables and cook a little, before adding the liquids and simmering until the sauce has thickened and the vegetables are tender.
Ingredients
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ butternut squash, cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 aubergine cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 large courgette, cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200 ml vegetable stock (2 cubes)
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • a large handful fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
Instructions
1. Add all the ingredients to the pot of a multicooker.2. Close the lid securely and choose the stew function. Add another 10 minutes to the standard 40 minute timing.3. Leave it to cook while you go do something very useful or very fun.4. Serve with mashed potatoes and a smile.5. Enjoy!
Details
Total time:
Yield: Serves 4-6


Here are a few more reviews and recipes for the Redmond multicooker:



Disclosure: REDMOND sent me a multicooker to try and paid me to create a recipe for them and Steenbergs kindly sent me some spices to try. I was not required to write a positive review by either company and any opinions expressed are my own.

24 comments:

  1. This looks wonderful! I think I could do a similar recipe in my slow cooker, will have to give it a go. :)

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    1. Yes, have a try Kevin. I'm sure you'll enjoy it :)

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  2. I love a smoky veg stew Jac, I've been using Hebridean Peat Smoked Sea Salt recently, but will track down that smoked paprika, gorgeous colour! Thanks...

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    1. It's lovely quality, in fact all their spices are and they look so much more stylish on your shelf as they stack well.

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  3. This looks warm and yummy, perfect comfort food for this time of year, and looks simple to make, I will be trying this for sure

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    1. Enjoy Emma and let me know what you think.

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  4. This looks brilliant! Me, I'd probably end up adding a lot of cow but I think that the balance without meat is actually spot on. Nice slow cooker BTW!

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  5. What a lovely looking veggie stew. I bet the smoked paprika gives it a wonderful flavour. I might try this but in a slow oven as I don't have slow cooker.

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    1. The paprika really gives it a beautiful flavour. Slow cooked would be good too.

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  6. This looks amazing, I'm obsessed with smoked paprika! Mashed potato sounds like the BEST accompaniment - ultimate comfort food!!

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    1. It is Becca. We don't have it enough, but it's loved by all of us. It's potato, what can I say?

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  7. it looks so colourful and delicious. I love the idea of the cooker but do we need another thing cluttering up our work-surfaces? Love the smoked paprika too... look at that colour!

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    1. I know Dom, space is definitely a problem, but at least this one has a lot of functions. You could actually get rid of a few gadgets and use this instead, but it really depends on how you like to cook and how time rich you are.

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  8. I love smoked paprika and vegetable stew so this a win-win recipe for me. I use loads of Steenbergs products (and adore their stackable cute little jars too!) but have not bought their smoked paprika. When I run out of my good old La Chinata I will try the steenbergs one. Nice piece of kit too but I don't have room for more gadgets - no matter how versatile they are... ;-0

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    1. I know the pots are fabulous for stacking and look much nicer on a shelf, plus you know they are great quality.

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  9. I do love a gadget and I'd love to be able to compare the Redmond with the Tefal Cook4Me I was sent to review. Lovely recipe you made.

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  10. The stew looks delicious Jac. Interested to see how my multicooker bakes and fries. It does sound a useful gadget.

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    1. Let me know how you get on with that Stuart.

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  11. Gorgeous - sounds like my kind of stew! And everything is better with paprika...

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    1. I don't use it often, but it does really improve the flavour.

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  12. Sounds lovely and agree with the paprika too

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  13. Never tried a multi cooker so good to know what they can do. Delish lookin stew too with all that lovely smoked paprika.

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