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Root Vegetable Stew with Spices and Dried Fruit

Chase away the remnants of winter with this root stew that gets sun-kissed flavor from spices, olives, sweet dates, and dried apricots. Don’t be daunted by the long ingredients list; the dish comes together quickly and can be served with steamed rice or couscous for a hearty meal. 

Ingredients: 

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1 medium red onion, peeled and chopped (1½ cups)
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2 Tbs. olive oil
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2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
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1 tsp. ground coriander
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1 tsp. ground cumin
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½ tsp. ground turmeric
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½ tsp. cayenne pepper
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½ tsp. ground cinnamon
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3½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth
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2 Tbs. red miso
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2 medium turnips, diced (3 cups)
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1 medium sweet potato, diced (2 cups)
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8 pitted whole Medjool dates
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8 pitted whole dried apricots
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⅓ cup pitted, oil-cured black olives
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1½ Tbs. minced fresh ginger
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½ cup chopped cilantro

Instructions: 

1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 7 to 9 minutes, or until golden and soft. Stir in garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, and cinnamon, and cook 2 minutes, stirring often, or until spices are fragrant. Stir in broth and 11/2 cups water, scraping up any brown bits stuck to bottom of pan.

2. Whisk in miso until smooth, then add turnips, sweet potato, dates, apricots, olives, and ginger. Bring mixture to a boil.

3. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and simmer 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Garnish each serving with 1 Tbs. chopped cilantro. 

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
258
Protein: 
3 g
Total Fat: 
7 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
Carbohydrates: 
49 g
Cholesterol: 
0 mg
Sodium: 
571 mg
Fiber: 
7 g
Sugar: 
33 g
Yield: 
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

Great stew. Add root veggies according to how fast they cook as not to have some too mushy.

I substitute parsnips for turnips and omit the miso, and have gotten so many compliments on this stew.