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Thursday 15 October 2009

Vegan MoFo: Stew & Beans I Guess

I dunno where that phrase came from but every time we had stew or casserole growing up, my Dad would, without fail at some point, say "Stew & beans I guess!"

Those stews were a little different though, because of the meat/ick factor. So today I was totally in the mood for a hearty, delicious casserole and I decided to put it in the oven on a low heat and leave until I got back from my body combat* class. I used TVP chunks, potatoes, carrots, green beans, onion, some stock, tomato puree and some dried herbs.

When I got back from the gym it'd had about 2 hours in a really low (about 125C) oven. I put it on a low heat on the hob, added som cooked butterbeans and peas and left it 5 minutes to heat through. It was ssoooo good.

I've never cooked with TVP chunks before. I bought them to make the Cholent recipe in Veganomicon that's been calling me for ages (still haven't got round to that yet, but I will!). They go a bit chewy but not unpleasant at all, and I dunno what you guys thinks, but I think they look scarily like beef chunks!!

And of course - THE best thing about stews..... loads of thin gravy and soaking bread in it at the end till it goes mushy. Awesome.

*Body Combat is AWESOME, not as fun as Jam but really really good nonetheless. And good for getting out some agression too. Feckin hard though, I sweated a lot!! I know you wanted to know that! hahaha.

Oh and go buy Shakira's new album, it is awesome.


  1. Mmmm stew, mmmm gravy and bread. I want stew now damnit!

  2. you've been working out like crazy, Sal - that rocks! i love that you're dad would say "stew & beans i guess" - too awesome & it sounds like something my dad would say. ah ha ha!

    i see those butter beans in there! they are my absolute favorite - now i'm a bit sadfaced that we don't have any in the house at the moment. i need to grab some more this weekend. hooray for soaking up all the yumminess with bread (damn right!) & i'm gonna see if i can find me some tvp chunks - the texture sounds great & they do look like beefsies. crazy!

  3. I made Stew last night too Sal AND I put butter beans in mine as well! How cool are we. I like TVP chunks and I reckon they would be awesome in a stew/casserole, yours certainly looks awesome.
    I LOVE Shakira's latest single - not heard the rest of the album but I totally trust your taste in music so if it gets the alien's tentacles up then it must be good.

  4. Mmmm LOVE stews!!! I wish I could have TVP chunks. I'm not the biggest fan of seitan in stew, but it's my only meatish option :(

  5. i really don't tvp chunks and they make a great addition in a lot of dishes. they make my husband sick though, so i don't get to use them that often. looks yum!


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