Winding down the year, Andrew and I have both found ourselves caught up in a whirlwind of deadlines, holiday parties, 4pm sunsets, and 5am Poe peeps. With little time left for casual kitchen rendezvous, we’ve been relying on meal prep – namely, of our soups and stews – for when we’re both home and looking for healthy, nourishing, and quick bites. One pot meals that require less than 30 minutes in the kitchen for a weeks worth of leftovers, these winter stew staples are loaded with immune boosting and health promoting seasonal vegetables and protein and fiber rich grains and beans for well rounded and belly filling meals we can’t get enough of. Below you’ll find a roundup of my four very favorites, just enough to get you through to Christmas and Hanukkah, those recipes we’ve made again and again.. and again. Enjoy!
Clean Cannellini Kale Soup •• for those afternoons and evenings where you want nothing more than to dive headfirst into a bowl of comfort, a warm cozy blanket made from white beans and kale, this seven ingredient simple soup is just the slurp for you. Coming together in under 30-minutes flat, from cardinal onion cut to summing swallow, belly filling while nutritively rich in plant based protein and fiber, my cannellini kale soup is only elevated further with a bright pop of fresh lemon. I serve my bowl with a side of toasted crusty bread, perfect for dunking.
Smoked Tomato Soup with Sesame Bagel Croutons •• best served with a side of extra croutons, this one pot tomato soup is warming, vibrant, both acidic and rounded, and overtly nourishing in the soul and cell kind of way. To save yourself a few dollars (and because they won’t be that delicious anyways offseason), during winter months substitute the 2 pounds of ripe plum tomatoes with an extra 28 ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes. I also tend to double the recipe, keeping leftovers in my freezer to defrost and reheat whenever I’m in a mealtime pinch.
Tomato and Farro Minestrone •• made with a simple tomato and oregano based broth, loads of chunky vegetables, protein and fiber rich farro and cannellini beans, and barely wilted ribbons of lacinato kale, this one-pot chunky minestrone- nourishing, hearty, and divinely cozy- is one I can’t get enough of. Note: although the recipe calls for farro, kale, and cannellinis, feel free to substitute with equal amounts of your favorite grain, bean, and green or with whatever you have handy.
Persian Celery Stew, Khoresh Karafs •• traditionally made with rich cubes of beef or lamb, my wonderfully nourishing plant based khoresh (stew) is instead filled to the brim with lima beans – packed with protein and fiber and their own kind of plant based ‘meatiness’. Paired with heaps of fresh parsley, mint, and celery, I serve my stew over fresh basmati rice or baghali polo, followed by a piping mug of Persian cardamom chai.