Everything Stew (Serves eight)
I cook with whatever is in the refrigerator. One recent creation tasted so good my wife said, “You have to share this one.” My wife had a colonoscopy that morning and had eaten only Gatorade and Jell-O the previous day. Any real food had to taste wonderful after that, but I liked it myself and I’ve been eating good steadily. So here’s my September 30, 2010 edition of Everything Stew.
One pound of boneless pork chops
One pound of beef for stew
32-ounces of chicken broth (Imagine Organic was the first I found with no added sugar)
28-ounces of fire roasted diced tomatoes (canned)
One sweet yellow onion
Half a pound of parsnips
Half a pound of asparagus
Quarter of a pound of cauliflower florets
Quarter of a pound of broccoli florets
Quarter of a pound of baby carrots
Quarter of a pound of squash
6 cloves of garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
Crushed red pepper flakes
Cut beef and pork into bite-sized cubes
Peel parsnips and slice into bite-sized pieces
Chop the woody end off asparagus spears and slice into bite-sized pieces
Chop onion, slice squash, cut carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli into bite-sized pieces
Heat 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a stew pot. Add all vegetables and meat. Pour in all chicken broth. Add spices to taste. Even though the chicken broth is flavored, I add a lot of salt, a lot of rosemary, and a lot of crushed red pepper. I like garlic, so I add 6 cloves. On the Food Network, everyone seems to chop or crush fresh garlic, but I have a Zyliss garlic press from years ago that I like to use. Once everything is in the pot, let it stew covered for about an hour on low heat.
Serve over a bed of fresh baby spinach. Honestly, the spinach doesn’t bring out anything special in the Everything Stew, but getting in an extra serving of fresh greens is always a good idea.
Let me confess. I added the cauliflower and carrots because I needed to use up what I had. I added the broccoli because I wanted more green. I added both pork and beef because I was including a lot of vegetables. But I liked it and will do it again on purpose.
One reason to eat is to get good stuff inside your body. Everything Stew is a lot of good stuff!