Skip to main content

Smokey Southern Bean and Bacon Stew (Vegan Option)

This is a super yummy, comforting hot meal, perfect for chilly winter days.  Of course, besides being delicious, it is also packed with nutrition, guaranteed to fuel you for your busy life.

Smokey Southern Bean and Bacon Stew (Vegan Option)

1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
A few drops liquid smoke or 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp real maple extract or 2 tbls real maple syrup
2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 cauliflower, cut into florets
1 onion, sliced
2 slices turkey bacon, tempeh bacon or 1/2 cup coconut bacon
1 lb okra, trimmed and sliced
1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed (or 1.5 cups cooked)
1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed (or 1.5 cups cooked)
2 tbls creole seasoning, or chili powder
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 can tomato paste
Cayenne pepper or hot sauce, to taste (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Toss sprouts, cauliflower, onion and bacon with oil, garlic smoke and maple.  Spread on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast at 350F for about 40 minutes.  Simmer okra, beans spice and vinegar in a large pot or deep skillet.  Add roasted veggies and bacon and stir in tomato paste.  Cook for an additional 15 minutes.  Season to taste.  Eat alone, in a wrap, or on top of brown rice, quinoa or other grain.  Keep leftovers refrigerated for up to 4 days or freeze.


Popular posts from this blog

Blackfly Coolers: Product Review

Summer is over! Well, at least if you're a student. Officially it doesn't end for a few weeks, and it certainly still feels like summer. Yeah, I hate it. This f*cking hot, humid weather needs to end NOW! We made the most of our last weekend of the summer with our annual trip to the CNE on Friday, with a crowd of friends. It wasn't unbearably lot, thank goodness, and the girls and their friends had a blast on the rides.  Saturday I had to work, and Sunday was errand day. Monday we took the girls berry/apple/pear picking but didn't last long due to the heat. I organized the house to prepare for the construction workers starting back up yesterday, while Adam took the girls for a swim in our neighbourhood pool.

Yesterday was the first day of school. Grade 2 and Grade 5. Yep, the girls are growing up.  We are fortunate that the girls don't have much anxiety about school, they are so much more confident than I ever was as a kid! But now, in the midst of our reno chaos, …

Live Clean

I have been committed to living a healthy life through nutrition and fitness for over 20 years now.

It took me a lot longer to pay attention to what I was cleaning the house with and what I was putting ON my body as opposed to IN it.

When I got pregnant with Big A I started reading about the toxins in a lot of commercial cleaning products and switched to the all-natural, eco-friendly stuff. When I became pregnant with Little A, I switched to all-natural, eco-friendly personal care products.

I am all for being environmentally friendly for the good of the planet, but to be honest, what really motivates me to make these types of changes is concern for my family's health.

You may remember I mentioned giving up my favorite perfume a while back because it apparently is full of nasty chemicals. I switched to the "Red Tea" scent made my Roots, which is supposed to be somewhat "natural". This was only after a number of trial and errors. I first found a woman in …

Panang Curry

When we go out for Thai food, one of my favorite things to order is the panang curry. But there is no doubt when this dish is made in a restaurant, it packs a hefty wallop of fat, sodium and calories.

My version is lightened up, but still rich and flavourful and it is super simple to make.

Traditionally, panang curry is made with either beef or chicken, but I made it vegetarian, using dried seiten (wheat gluten) I got at T&T a few weeks ago. If you are not sensitive to gluten, this is a great source of vegetarian protein. If you cannot find it dried, you can get it prepared at most health food stores. Alternatively, you can use tofu, or the more traditional chicken or beef options.

This dish also doesn't usually have much vegetable matter in it, but I love how yummy veggies taste when simmered in this sauce, and it makes this a healthy one-pot meal. Use whatever veggies you prefer or have on hand.

Protein of choice (2 cups seiten or 1 lb organic tofu, boneless skinless ch…