20-minute vegetable stew

July 22, 2016 by Joshua
in Fitness, Nature, Visualization

I’ve written about fresh vegetables, fruit, legumes, and how delicious, nutritious, convenient, and cheap they are.

I decided to record myself making stew from scratch. I only wish I could write how delicious and nutritious it is. It tastes like it stewed all day. Yesterday and the day before you saw the contents of my fridge. Here’s what I do with them.

A few comments

You’ll notice I comment on the bag, rubber bands, and water. I try to minimize waste. The main waste for this was the packaging for the salt and curry powder, which I would average over hundreds of meals. Everything else I reused without getting new.

The choice of vegetables is seasonal by what I pick up from my CSA and local farmers’ market. I don’t worry if I’ll get bored of stews like this because every month the ingredients change.

I start the pressure cooking at twenty minutes in the video. I’d say preparation time was less for talking to the camera, but then I spent a couple minutes cleaning. I also spent some extra time cutting the extra zucchini.

I didn’t make the video for entertainment but to show how easy making a delicious, nutritious stew is. I recommend watching at 1.25x or 1.5x by clicking on the gear symbol in the video and choosing speed. If you didn’t know you could increase the playback speed, you’re welcome to learn about that useful feature.

My camera battery died about a minute before I finished talking so you miss the last bit where I showed the finished bowl of stew to the camera and my look of satisfaction eating it.

Total cost: maybe ten dollars of ingredients.

Total meals: about five to seven.

I’ll let you figure out the nutritional content, but here are the ingredients. I don’t know the amounts of each because I don’t weigh them since they’re all healthy. As you’ll see, I just throw in what I feel like. The result always tastes great. Different portions give different tastes, always amazing.

  • Lentils (maybe three or four cups dry)
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow zucchini (summer squash?)
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Beet and beet leaves
  • Garlic
  • Habanero
  • Thyme
  • Salt
  • Spices
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Water

Some of the vegetables I ate raw, along with blueberries and cherries.

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13 responses on “20-minute vegetable stew

  1. I am a fan of soups/stews and a big big big fan of lentils, so I am *extremely* grateful for this recipe!

  2. What changes would you recommend in terms of making this stew without a pressure cooker?

    • It’s not the recommendation you expect, but I recommend getting a pressure cooker — https://joshuaspodek.com/pressure-cookers-rock. I consider it one of my best purchases, and I don’t like stuff — https://joshuaspodek.com/less_please.

      A big reason to make and post the video was to motivate people to get pressure cookers. Do you have a reason for avoiding them? Mine was only $50 (pre-owned but unused from Craig’s List) and paid for itself in a few uses.

      I mean, I guess without a pressure cooker, I’d prepare it in a pot and let it stew for at least two hours. It probably wouldn’t mix the flavors as well and would take far more energy.

  3. Love this Josh! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • I look forward to hearing about your stew! … and how the video changed your life 😉

      (I say that only half joking. I couldn’t have predicted how much life improvement would come from fresh vegetables and fruit. Or, rather, how much packaged and fiber-removed foods were keeping me from my potential).

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    • Thank you.

      Please let us know if you try it and how it works out. It takes practice to mix vegetables so the flavors and textures mix to your taste, so expect you’ll make some boring or non-delicious dinners on your way to making delicious ones.

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