A mild flavor of anise tickles your palate in this French Vegetable Stew (vegan). Refreshing and amazing. The French know how to put flavors together.
French Vegetable Stew could make you a vegan.
French Vegetable Stew is totally amazing, of course, because it's inspired by a Moosewood Restaurant recipe. Trust me, it's so flavorful and simple to make, and uses leeks, fennel, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and spices. A healthy dinner is on the table in less than an hour.
Life & Food
We often host guests from other countries because Eastern Mennonite University is nearby. EMU attracts a lot of international students. It is always interesting to hear what life is like around the world, learn about the foods these guests eat and how they prepare them, and listen and learn from them.
Our guests share this information with us willingly. In 2015, our Kenyan friend, who was attending the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, made food for us, talked about the roles of men and women in African society, and enlightened us on ways of looking at potential conflict situations.
She also taught me how to chiffonade with my chef's knife.
Not only do we host these guests, I try to accommodate their food preferences. Some guests prefer to eat mostly vegetables, so we eat more vegan meals. This French Vegetable Stew (Vegan) has become one of my all-time favorites.
Paired with some excellent Crusty French Bread Rolls and a glass of wine, what more could you want? I'm sure you will like it too. Please comment on how you like it.
What You Need
For this recipe, you need a knife, cutting board, good Dutch oven or big pot, measuring cups and spoons. Get the best you can afford, and while you're at it, treat yourself to some wonderful dinnerware.
Vegan French Vegetable Stew Recipe
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 large leeks washed and chopped (white and tender green parts only)
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 t fennel seeds
- 1 bulb fennel sliced
- 2 large white potatoes peeled and cubed
- 2 15-ounce cans undrained petite diced tomatoes
- 3 carrots peeled and diced
- 1 15-ounce can Cannelini beans drained and rinsed
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or other large pot.
- Add the leeks, garlic, fennel bulb, and fennel seed and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 10 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, carrots and potatoes.
- Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the beans, tarragon and vinegar about 10 minutes prior to serving and continue cooking for 2-5 minutes.
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Lois Carter Crawford is an author, home chef, health advocate, and food coach who fought her way back from several debilitating health issues, including a moderate heart attack! She discovered that inflammation caused by the food she ate was the underlying cause of most of her health problems and developed a method and tools to help others research their food sensitivities.