New York City, and the surrounding area are about to get dumped on by a massive snow storm. People are flocking to the store, raiding the aisles, and stocking up on supplies to last them until Spring. Me? I cooked up this delicious pot of stew, and plan on holing up in my apartment and eating leftovers while the storm blankets the city’s sidewalks with snow. I can’t think of a better home-cooked meal to welcome the storm than this satisfying and healthy Italian Stew.
This dish is every bit as comforting as some of it’s meatier, culinary cousins, but is incredibly healthy and accidentally vegan! I say accidentally because I never purposely set out to make vegan meals. Being a vegetarian I tend to use a lot of cheese in my cooking, especially for comfort food, but this stew is so vibrant with flavors you definitely won’t miss the cheese.
This dish is really simple to make, and I can bet that most of the ingredients can be found in your pantry. Feel free to be creative as well if you don’t have certain ingredients. Frozen spinach can be swapped in for the fresh kale; sweet or regular potatoes, or any other type of winter squash can be subbed in for the butternut squash. Can we also talk about how healthy this dish is? Every ingredient in this stew is nutritious – potassium, iron, calcium, fiber…this list goes on. So many positives in this stew I can’t think of a reason not to make it. It can be time consuming to chop all these veggies, however, so if you have a friend, partner or family member that you can enlist to help chop, I strongly encourage it!
Hope everyone in the Northeast stays safe, and eats lots of delicious comfort food during the storm!
Italian Stew with Winter Squash and Chickpeas