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Plant Based Fall Stew — Warming You from the Inside

By Fredrica Syren:

I chuckle a bit when people (even my own family) assume that we, as a vegan family, live on salads. How do you stay warm and grow with leaves? Well, as a mom of a vegan family and a huge foodie, I can tell you that I LOVE hearty and warms stews, and that’s what keeps us warm in the fall. I try to eat seasonally as much as possible and love making stews from all kinds of local produce. Right now, we have lots of root vegetables and mushrooms available, so here is a farmers’ market stew made for Sunday dinner.

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • I yellow onionChorizo stew
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into coins
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Black pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar

Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat, and sauté onion and a garlic for 2 minutes, until glossy but not brown. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Add parsnip, tomatoes, and carrots, vegetable stock, kale, smoked paprika and agave nectar. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with baguette or cooked quinoa.

About Green Mom

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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