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Mexican influenced stew

Today I have two sets of stuffed noses and miserable kids, oh joy:( I guess I should be happy they are sick at the same time and a week before we’re going to Sweden. So now we’re pushing vitamin C rich food and lots of fluids which seems to be all they are interested in anyway. Me and James are both going to our acupuncturist to boost our immune systems to make sure we stay healthy.

Operation cleaning out fridge and freezer continues and going pretty well however, it does not allow the making of  a lot of interesting dishes. Yesterday dinner, I had all of these ingredients but did not now what was going to be the end result. It turned into a stew because stews are fairly easy to make from few ingredients. This stew got a Mexican influence from the spices I guess and it was very good and satisfying. The base is minced Quorn which is a mushroom and egg white vegetarian protein. For vegans use textured vegetable protein or soy mince instead. 

1 tbs canola oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup green onions, diced
1/2 tbs green jalapeño pepper, minced
1/2 cup carrots, peeled and diced
1/2 cup corn
1 large stalk celery, diced
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 tbs tomato ketchup
1/2 cup hot water
1 tbs capers
1 cup minced vegetable protein such as soy, Quorn or textured vegetables protein
Salt & pepper to taste
Chili pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium heat and cook garlic, onions and jalapeño peppers for a few minutes. Add carrots, corn and celery and cook for another minutes. Pour tomatoes, ketchup and capers, water and combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. Add the protein, salt, pepper and chili pepper and cook for another 5 minutes or until the protein is hot and has blended into the stew. Serve with corn bread, rice and/or vegetables. 

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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