My Farm-Fresh Vegetable Beef Stew is a bowl of comfort food that is good for your heart, body and soul. Use rainbow Swiss chard or substitute any dark leafy green. You can’t go wrong with any of these nutrient-dense choices. Dark leafy greens are low in calorie while high in several vitamins and minerals that support healthy blood pressure, vision and immune system.
This colorful bowl of vegetables may even brighten your mood on a grey and chilly day. Since this recipe is mostly hands-free cooking, it gives you a chance to grab a book and relax while the stew simmers.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 pound beef stew meat 1 medium onion, peeled and diced 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced 4 celery ribs, sliced 1 bunch rainbow Swiss chard, ribs removed and chopped, leaves roughly chopped 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, diced 1½ cups frozen corn 32 ounces low-sodium vegetable broth 2 cups water 1 tablespoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large stock pot with a lid and add stew meat. Cook until brown on all sides, stirring occasionally. Remove beef and set aside.
Add onion, carrots, celery and swiss chard ribs to the stock pot. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about five minutes.
Return the beef to the pot and add potatoes, corn, vegetable broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Add Swiss chard leaves, cover and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Frozen corn from last season’s harvest is a special treat to enjoy this time of year. It shines in my Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup, which also features delicate squash. A perfect blend of winter and summer produce to enjoy this time of year when drastic weather changes leave you sporting flip-flops one day and snow boots the next. This colorful bowl of produce will surely brighten your day regardless of the weather you are experiencing.
The ingredient list may look long, but the recipe is easy to prepare and is mostly hands-off. Topping your bowl with oven-baked tortilla strips elevates this simple bowl of soup to restaurant quality, but without extra the calories of fried tortillas.
Soup Ingredients: 1½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 small delicata squash, seeded and chopped, leaving the skin on 1 medium onion, peeled and diced 1 large jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped 1 tablespoon chili powder ½ tablespoon ground cumin ½ tablespoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon smoked paprika ¾ teaspoon salt 2 (14.5 ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 2 cups frozen yellow corn, defrosted 1 lime
Tortilla Strip Ingredients: 4 corn tortillas ½ tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt
Place chicken in the bottom of a slow cooker and top with delicate squash, onion, jalapeño, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika and salt. Add tomatoes with their juice and chicken broth. Cover with lid and cook on high for one hour. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for five hours.
Remove chicken and shred with two forks. Place shredded chicken back in the slow cooker and add corn and lime juice. Stir to combine and continue cooking on low while you prepare the tortilla strips.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush both sides of each tortilla with olive oil and cut into ¼-inch thin strips. Place tortilla strips on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake for about 12 minutes, until crisp and lightly browned.
Serve soup topped with tortilla strips and optional toppings of choice.
Growing up in the south, black-eyed peas were a staple in our house and they will always be one of my favorite vegetables. This dish brings back childhood memories of family potlucks with tables full of farm-fresh vegetables for supper and homemade pies for dessert. We might have had fried catfish with our field peas back then, but I’ve lighted things up with grilled tilapia. This succotash also pairs well with scallops, shrimp or any white fish of choice.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 yellow onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas or field peas, drained 1 cup frozen corn ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 4 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add onion and sauté until translucent and fragrant. Add garlic and bell pepper and continue cooking a few more minutes until tender.
Add peas, corn, salt and pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes, and reduce heat to low to keep succotash warm while grilling tilapia.
Season tilapia fillets with lemon pepper seasoning and brush with remaining olive oil. Prepare grill for medium heat. Grill fish for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until fish flakes with a fork. Serve fish over succotash.
This soup is perfect for those chilly spring days when you want a fun and festive meal. The weather may not be warm enough to grill fajitas, but you can serve up a pitcher of margaritas and invite your friends over for a bowl of myTurkey Taco Soup. Don’t let the long ingredient list make you think this recipe is hard to make. It’s super simple, but instead of using a ranch seasoning packet that’s high in sodium, you create the flavor with ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry. Turkey and black beans are great lean protein choices for this dish. If you have farm-fresh canned tomatoes or summer corn stored in your freezer, this is a great use for those gems!
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound ground turkey 1 bell pepper, seeded and diced 2 medium jalapeños, seeded and finely diced 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon smoked paprika ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 (14.5 ounce) cans no salt added diced tomatoes 2 cups frozen corn 1 (14.5 ounce) can no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained 6 ounces tomato paste 6 cups water shredded cheddar cheese light sour cream scallions, sliced
Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute until fragrant.
Add turkey and cook, breaking up with a spatula. Add bell pepper and jalapeños and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and continue cooking for another minute.
Stir in tomatoes, corn, beans, tomato paste and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
Serve with cheese, sour cream and scallions as toppings.