stewing: cooking food slowly in a covered pot; food is barely covered with liquid
stew: a dish made by stewing; traditionally contains meat and vegetables
Stews are versatile, comforting and easy to make. They are a great way to get your veggies and protein and can be eaten on top of rice, couscous or other cooked grains. And in cold weather, stews make a hearty meal that can be easily transported.
A crock pot/slow cooker makes stewing very easy. A warm meal will be waiting for you for the time you set. Check out the numerous recipes online or peruse the vegetarian/vegan section in cookbook stores for recipe ideas. You can also get inspired from various cultural cuisine eg. Moroccan, Indian, etc.
Staple items to include in your stews:
- pulses (lentils, peas, etc.)
- root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc.)
- onions and garlic
- flavourings (thyme, cumin, etc.)
- vegetable broth