Monday, March 21, 2011

Wild Irish Stew

It’s still cold enough outside to enjoy a hot, thick stew.  After taking Paige for a long walk, I sat down and perused through some cookbooks to find the perfect stew recipe.  The original recipe called for 1 cup chopped Kale (which I didn’t have) and a can of Chickpeas (I used Cannellini Beans instead – I wanted a creamier texture).  I also added Soy Beef strips – but it would be just fine with veggies only. 

Wild Irish Stew (adapted from The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes” cookbook).

1            tablespoon olive oil
1            pkg. soy beef strips
              a bit of flour
1            small yellow onion, chopped
1            celery stalk, chopped
5            small waxy white potatoes, chopped into med. chunks
1            lb. baby carrots (I sliced in half)
2            garlic cloves, minced
3            cups vegetable stock or water (I added a bit more because I added soy meat)
¼           cup dry red wine (optional)
2            bays leaves
¼           cup tamari or other soy sauce
8            oz. button mushrooms quarter (I used pre-sliced baby portabella)
1            teaspoon dried thyme
              salt and pepper to taste
1            tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
1            15 oz. can cannellini beans
              parsley for garnish

Soy Beef Strips:  Heat some oil in large pot over med/high heat.  Toss soy beef strips in flour then fry for a few minutes.  Take out of pan and set aside.

Soup:  Heat more oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and celery, cover and cook, stirring a few times until softened.  Add the potatoes, carrots, garlic, stock, wine if using, and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the tamari/soy sauce, mushrooms, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

Stir in the cornstarch mixture, bring to a boil and cook, stirring for a minute or until the stew is thickened.  Add the soy beef and beans, reduce heat and simmer until heated through.  Sprinkle with parsley.


  1. Looks amazing.. My kids love stew..
    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

  2. Thanks! It's is just as tasty without the soy meat! Just add more veggies!