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Hearty Winter Vegetable Stew

Hearty Winter Vegetable Stew


  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 – 2 quarts water
  • 1 rutabaga (AKA yellow turnip)
  • 2 parsnips
  • 6 carrots
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 6 small or 4 medium-sized potatoes
  • 1 8 oz container seitan
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons salt


  1. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large stock pot on medium-low until hot for about 30 seconds (don’t let it come to a smoking point!). Add basil, sage, thyme, black pepper and celery seeds and allow to sizzle in oil for another 30 seconds.
  2. Sprinkle in the paprika and stir well.
  3. Immediately add water and bring to boil. (If you want a super thick stew, only add 1 1/2 quarts- you can always add more water if necessary!)
  4. Meanwhile, peel and chop vegetables. Start with parsnips and rutabagas. The parsnips can be diced since they have a strong flavor.
  5. Place parsnips and rutabagas in boiling water and let boil for 15 minutes.
  6. While parsnips and rutabagas are boiling, chop the rest of the vegetables into large chunks and keep them in separate bowls. (You can leave the skins on the potatoes if they are in good shape, just be sure to scrub off any dirt!)
  7. Chop the seitan into large chunks.
  8. After boiling parsnips and rutabagas for 15 minutes, add seitan and carrots. Boil for 5 minutes.
  9. Add sweet potatoes and boil for another 5 minutes.
  10. Finally, add potatoes and boil until just soft, about 10 minutes.
  11. While the stew is cooking, heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a small frying pan. Add sunflower seeds and roast until golden-brown.
  12. Add nutritional yeast and stir to incorporate, then blend mixture with soy sauce and tomato paste adding just enough water for a creamy consistency. It’s good to start off with very little water and continue adding more until it blends smoothly.
  13. Add blended mixture to stew.
  14. Turn off heat and scoop 1 1/2 - 2 cups of stew into a blender. (Make sure there are no chunks of seitan in the blender only vegetables and broth!) Blend until smooth.
  15. Add blended vegetables back into the stew. Stir in liquid smoke and salt.
  16. Offer to Krishna with love and devotion. Bon appétit!

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