With the cooler weather it’s time for a change in the usual meals. I like to cook quick light meals during the summer especially when it is hotter out. But with fall here the oven is back on and I’m cookin up a stew. I love stew, not a big fan of soup I don’t like all the liquid. Yet my favourite soup is French onion, is basically pure liquid, it’s weird I know. Back to stew, it is a great meal in the fall and winter, it warms you right up and it can be so hearty you don’t need a lot. I usually make a huge pot and have it for dinner or lunches throughout the week. Instead of starting with my usual stew I decided to try something new. My creation was Fall Stew
* 4 shallots (chopped)
* 3 celery stalks (chopped)
1. Fry shallots and celery in a large pot.
* 1 box of vegetable broth
* 8 cups of water
2. Add broth and water into pot. Bring to a boil.
* 1/2 butternut squash (cut into bite size pieces)
* 2 large carrots (chopped)
* 2 large potatoes (peeled & cut into bite size pieces)
3. Add butternut squash, carrots and potato to pot. Let cook for 10 min.
* 1/2 cup rice
4. Add rice to pot and continue cooking until vegetables are easily pierced.
* 3 tsp cinnamon
* 2 tsp paprika
* 2 tsp ground ginger
* 1 tsp nutmeg
5. Add spices to pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
* 1 can chickpeas (rinsed)
* 1 cup of corn
6. Add remaining two ingredients. Stir and let simmer until warmed.
It was delicious!