The epitome of warming from the inside out, today I am so excited to introduce one of my newest cold weather go-to’s, my White Bean, Root Vegetable, and Adobo Stew. A chili and minestrone hybrid at its finest, this spicy seasonal vegetable stew hodgepodge is packed to the brim with restorative spices, rustic, chunky, and tender potatoes, carrots, and turnips, and bright pops of nutrient packed baby kale. The perfect stew for a cold night (and next day lunch leftovers), a potluck, a tailgate. I serve mine with a big chunk of crusty bread (for dunking!) and topped with thick slices of ripe avocado.
White Bean, Root Vegetable, and Adobo Stew [makes 6 servings]
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 large cloves garlic, minced
2 medium leeks, white and 1′ of pale-green part, diced
5 cups + 2 tablespoons filtered water, divided
3 large turnips, stems removed, rustically cubed
2 large carrots, peeled and rustically cubed
2 gold potatoes (about 1 pound), rustically cubed
1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, thoroughly rinsed and drained
1 can (7 ounces) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, peppers discarded
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground oregano
salt & pepper to taste
4 cups baby kale, roughly chopped
In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until just hot. Add garlic, leeks, and 2 tablespoons water and sauté, stirring frequently, until leeks are soft and garlic is fragrant (about 4 minutes). Add turnips, carrots, potatoes, and beans and toss to combine. Add adobo sauce and spices and sauté until fragrant (about 1 minute).
Add 5 cups of water and bring chili to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender. Remove from heat and gently stir in baby kale until just wilted. Serve and enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per serving = about 2 cups ]
235 Calories, 44g Carbohydrates, 3.5g Fat, 9.6g Protein, 9.1g Fiber, 7.9g Sugar
Turnips, baby kale, and gold potatoes provided by Glen’s Garden Market, a locavore-minded market located just outside the heart of Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle. Glen’s has generously gifted me an eight-week CSA [community supported agriculture], overflowing with organic and chemical free local produce.