Tania with inspiration from various Irish Stew recipes on the internet
White Bean Irish Stew
We swapped the feta cheese that is usually used in this dish for vegan creme fraiche but you can either use nothing if you are being totally fat free or our alternative that was really nice or your choice if you are not dairy free yet.
1 Onion of your choice, yellow or red, finely chopped (fry with veg stock not oil)
3 Cloves garlic, minced
1 Bunch of kale, chopped (from whole, stems taken off)
2 Cups cannellini beans (soak from fresh the day before or 2 tins cannellini beans drained)
3 Parsnips, diced
2 Tins of tomatoes or one tin and a bolognese sauce of your choice like Llyoyd Groasman's if you don't have time
2 Teaspoons smoked paprika
1 Teaspoon ground cumin or mixed spice
1 Teaspoon dried oregano
Cracked black pepper
Pinch of chilli or crushed red pepper
Vegan cream cheese or creme fraiche and handful of chopped fresh parsley, coriander or basil for topping or all 3
How To Make
Pre-soak your white beans over night, we used cannellini beans for good size and taste. They will swell up with the water to used filtered water and a large bowl for them to grow in and plenty of soaking water.
Cook the beans in some vegetables stock to build up the bean flavour.
Fry the onion in a pan, add the pre-chopped garlic and the diced parsnips in some vegetable stock.
Add the spices, tomatoes pre-cooked beans
Once happy with the dish add the kale and cook for a further 5 minutes until the kale is soft.
Serve up with dollops of vegan creme fraiche and we had some freshly baked seeded sourdough delivered from the Artisan bread man. so used that. If you are gluten free then replace this with some steamed veggies. Which we also added and a salad.
We had this dish with a mixed salad and some steamed garden peas and edamame.
We had this as a family during Corona-virus lockdown. It was hearty, the kids loved it and in the pic, you will seed flax oil which was my salad dressing and caesar dressing and red wine was my hubbies. I am on a 66 Day challenge (day 4) no alcohol and drinking 2lt of water a day – a hydration challenge. If you want to try the challenge CLICK HERE. So you can have a healthy meal with family and each can put their twist on the additions.