Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Collards Stew

Winter’s made me super lazy about cooking lately and I’ve been stuck in a rut of making my favorite staples over and over again. But having recently joined a new food coop in the neighborhood, I have all this yummy produce and was inspired by the fresh herbs I saw yesterday and decided to get off my lazy butt and make a stew! This is a variation on my good old black bean recipe, but made a little heartier with sweet potatoes and greens, and with an herby kick. Perfect for a cold wintery night!

Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Collards Stew (serves about 8)

  • usual black beans recipe, minus the dry oregano and adding to the pot 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed, and 1 more cup of water


  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh rubbed sage
  • 3-4 leaves collard greens, chopped

When the beans are soft, add the red wine vinegar, sage, oregano, and collards, and let simmer another 4 minutes until the collards are wilted. Garnish with some fresh oregano and serve with brown rice.

Indian Aloo Tempeh Stew Creation

I had no idea what to cook tonight so I just took all the vegetables I had in my fridge, laid them on the table, started chopping things, turned on some Sonic Youth, and this is what happened. Pretty good for winging it! And low fat, since I used spray oil. Next time though I’m gonna add less garam masala because it’s very aromatic and can easily overpower the dish. I ended up adding a little more nutritional yeast to even it out, so success.

  • 3 small carrots, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 cup collard greens
  • 1 1/2 cup white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 small russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 16 ounce package of tempeh, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 3 tsp ground cumin (I love cumin!)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp siracha chili paste
  • 2 tbst nutritional yeast
  • sea salt to taste
  • olive oil spray

Spray a pan with olive oil and fry up the tempeh until it’s golden brown on both sides, then set aside

Boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes until they’re al dente, but don’t let them get too soft

While the potatoes are boiling, spray another pot with olive oil and add the carrots, sprinkle of salt, and 1/4 cup of water, letting them cook covered over low-medium heat until they’re soft, about 7 minutes.

Add the onions, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, paprika, and more salt and let cook another 5 minutes, (adding more water if necessary to keep it moist) until they turn translucent

Next, add the mushrooms, potatoes, tempeh, siracha, nutritional yeast, and another 1/2 cup of water and let cook on medium heat covered for another 10 minutes

Add the collards and basil at the end and simmer until the greens have cooked down

I served this over quinoa and garnished it with some leftover raw nut cheese I made a few days ago (thanks to Healthy Mama’s recipe) and some sprouted lentils.

Christmas Lentil Stew with Spicy Apple Cranberry Chutney

I made this for my mom on Christmas eve because she had a cold and she had all these veggies in the fridge that needed to be eaten. It’s nice and hearty and the colors are really christmasy too! The chutney is what really made it though, in my opinion.

  • 1 16oz package of dry green lentils
  • 1 cup  yellow and orange bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 16 oz package of baby carrots chopped
  • 5-6 cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup of green beans (not canned)
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups of water (you can add more or less, depending on if you want a thicker or more soupy stew. i like it thick)
  • 1 cup of apple cranberry chutney (I used a recipe from but I added 1 jalapeno to give it an extra kick!)
  • sprinkle of hot sauce
  • salt and fresh black pepper to taste

Sweat the onion and peppers in a non-stick pan with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt until translucent. Add garlic and let cook a couple more minutes, making sure not to let the garlic burn. Add onion, peppers, garlic and spices and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low-med heat for about 20-30 minutes until lentils are soft. Makes about 6-8 servings.

I ended up having to freeze a lot of the chutney because we couldn’t eat it all but it’s good to have on hand to use as a garnish or even to eat on crackers! And it’s awesome on pizza too.