Chunky Vegetable Stew
Greens cook down considerably and will reduce at least one-quarter in volume. One pound of raw kale will yield about 2 1/2 cups cooked. A dash of hot pepper sauce adds dimension to this colorful dish.
1 medium-sized bunch kale
2 tsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium-sized red onion, chopped
1 medium-sized red bell pepper, chopped
3 medium-sized unpeeled russet potatoes, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 ½ cups dry vermouth
1 6-oz. pkg. sliced white mushrooms
1 medium-sized head cauliflower, cut into about 2-inch florets
1 14.5-oz. can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
3 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
3 Tbs. nutritional yeast
1 ½ Tbs. cornstarch
2 Tbs. cold water
1 Tbs. tamari soy sauce
¼ tsp. lemon pepper
- Strip kale leaves from stalks, and rinse thoroughly in colander; set aside.
- Heat oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven or saucepan for 1 minute over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onions and peppers, sauté for 2 minutes and add potatoes. Cook for 4 minutes, and add vermouth, mushrooms and cauliflower. Cook for 2 minutes, add kale and mix thoroughly. Cook mixture for 5 minutes, and reduce heat to low.
- Chop stewed tomatoes coarsely in food processor, and add tomatoes, thyme and yeast to kale mixture. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl, and stir in with tamari and lemon pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and serve.