Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Potato-Kale Stew AND Another Book Giveaway!

One of the perks of having a food blog is that I often get copies of cookbooks to review. Obviously as a vegaquarian (or pescetarian, if you prefer), a lot of them are vegetarian in nature.

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I recently received a copy of "Totally Vegetarian" in the mail and I must say I'm impressed. Now i'm sure the meat eaters are tuning out here, but stay with me. This cookbook has plenty of solid vegetarian fare that is sure to please any die-hard carnivore. The book is also chock-full of all sorts of information about ingredients and cooking tips and is definitely a very informative read. Scroll down to the bottom for how you can win a copy of this book for your collection!

I decided to try one of the recipes and wanted to try a soup in anticipation of the fall weather that's headed our way. The Potato-Chard Stew sounded absolutely fantastic, so I immediately jotted down the ingredients and headed to the grocery store.

Potato Kale Stew I

Wow - very very tasty. I did make a few changes, such as using kale instead of chard, but wow, is this good! It's very hearty, so it'd be perfect for a chillier night when all you want is something warm and filling.

Potato-Kale Stew
Serves 4

3 tbsp olive oil
2 cups diced onion
1/4 tsp salt
1 medium sweet potato, cut into 2" pieces
1 yukon gold potato, cut into 2" pieces
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2" dice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 (14 oz) can coconut milk
2 cups sliced fresh kale leaves

In large pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion and salt, and saute 3-4 minutes until it starts to soften. Add potatoes, bell pepper, garlic, ginger, and spices, and saute for a minute or two. Add coconut milk and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer 20-25 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Add kale leaves, remove from heat, and allow to sit for a minute or two for kale to soften. Serve and enjoy!

Want a copy of this cookbook for your very own??
Simply leave me a comment by midnite on Sunday, September 21st. I'll pick a winner at random on Monday, September 22nd.

64 comments:

jenn said...

i love your recipes, but here at college it's sometimes hard to get interesting ingredients... however, i actually bought tumeric a while ago and haven't used it. this is perfect :)

ttfn300 said...

I'm a meat-eater, but I love my veggies!! I'm always looking for new ways to prepare them, so I've been thinking about picking up a vegetarian cookbook--this would be perfect!

Tamar said...

I love your recipes. As an almost vegetarian I am always looking for more tasty recipes featuring vegetables. This book could be a nice addition to my collection. Thank you.

Ruby (Mouth) said...

I love good recipe books and with a family history that includes diabetes, the recipes in this book sound wonderful. Please enter me. This soup recipe sounds great.

so NOT cool said...

I'm vegan, but I only have one vegan cookbook, so this is a MUST HAVE. Consider me ENTERED! ;-)

Tiff said...

My inlaws are vegetarian so it would be great to have this cookbook. Love your blog!

ikes said...

i think i have all the ingredients for this at home. i will be making ti tonight!

Brooke said...

I am a vegetarian and always love adding to my cookbook collection!

leanne said...

I would love to add this to me collection. We're starting to eat more vegetarian meals, so I'm looking for new ideas!

Kirby! said...

Kale is one of my favorite greens.... recipe looks yummy!! And so does that book. Throw my name in there, por favor.

kickpleat said...

that recipe looks awesome. and just because i don't accept products for review doesn't mean that i can't add my name to your list, right? right!

fermata said...

This stew looks delicious! I've been a vegetarian for two years now and I'm always on the lookout for good veggie soup recipes.

magpie said...

Awesome :) I'd love a copy!

geekypoet said...

Looks yummy!

Judith said...

Why not? I can always use a new cookbook!

Karen said...

I love cookbooks! Although with 28cooks, I use them a lot less ;) seriously, your beets with feta recipe changed... well, it changed the way I look at beets!

Jennywenny said...

Looks good, I'd love to win the book, and I'm always looking for more ideas with the tons of greens we get in our csa! Thanks.

grainpower said...

Sounds like a great book!

Justine said...

Oh, this looks delicius! Thanks for sharing!

Emily said...

That soup looks delicious! I would love a copy of the cookbook.

Spracci said...

I love kale!! I'm making this soup tonight.

rachel! said...

This soup looks so delicious! One of my favorite soups has chickpeas and kale, and this looks like a delicious departure from that (especially with the coconut milk, mmm).

Thanks for sharing the recipe, and the chance to win the book!

Alex said...

If the rest of the recipes are anywhere near as hearty as these, I might just have to leave the meat off the menu for an evening.

Amy said...

I'm a 'most of the time' veggie-person so this book looks right up my ally!

Courtney said...

Yum--that book sounds great...AND I am a vegetarian (well, vegan)! Your stew looks yummy!

Courtney

aaedible said...

Throw me in for this. That looks fabulous, especially in a week that finally starts to feel like fall approaches.

Erin Murphy said...

We are slowly changing to a more vegetarian-based diet. This book would be a great reference!

Faith Plvan said...

I'd love this book--I'm just starting to cook vegetarian!

Faith Plvan

Vicki said...

I'd love to win this book! I eat meat, but I was vegetarian in the past, and still prefer mostly meatless meals.

noobcook said...

awesome! I wish I get free cookbooks from publishers but that has never happened before, hehe

Eva said...

I love your recipes! Hopefully I get randomly picked! But knowing my luck with lottery, probably not. However, I already feel like a winner from reading your blog!! ^___^

Veggienetters said...

I have a bunch of kale in the fridge I was trying to decide what to do with.... I guess I found something. :) That book looks awesome! Please enter me. :) I love your blog.

Beth said...

Cookbooks (and food blogs) are so inspiring! I love adding new ones to my collection.

Jan Scholl said...

You know, I just love kale and happened to buy some locally, which still makes it very expensive for some reason but I am gonna go make this right now as I can't sleep a lick. I sit here and "stew" over things and make myself weird out. I am gonna go check Amazon about this book too. I love cookbooks to read even. Always great when you can actually make all the recipes and eat them too. Viva Veggies!

Elizabeth said...

I'd love a copy! This recipe is amazing (I made it immediately upon seeing it - how convenient) and as a vegetarian, I'm always looking for new ideas. Sweet!

ellebee said...

This looks amazing! I'm seriously considering becoming vegaquarian as well, so this is a great recipe. I'll be writing all the ingredients down for the grocery list this weekend :D

Cheryl said...

The Potato-Kale Stew looks great. With the exception of summer, we usually have a pot of soup/stew in the fridge. It makes great lunches and comes in handy for the nights there's no time to cook.

Dorothy said...

I'm an omnivore but I love to experiment with vegetarian & vegan fare as well to make sure I'm eating the most balanced diet possible. I'd love a copy of the book!

Laura said...

I'd love this cookbook. I just cooked with kale for the first time this week in a chickpea-kale-cauliflower. I love 28 Cooks!

steph-a-ronie said...

This would be wonderful... mmm, veggies :)

Trisha said...

I love finding new recipes to use kale in, thanks!

Christina MacLeod said...

This will be nice now that the weather has started to cool.

Ashley said...

I am a vegan and a foodie, so I would LOVE this book. Thanks for such a great blog!

Warmly,
Ashley

vanessavictoria said...

Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely be making this soon.

Tom said...

Mmm, if it's got kale, sign me up!

Lisa said...

Thanks for all the great recipes you've posted! I've probably tried at least a dozen and they've all been winners. This soup sounds awesome! Thanks!

Kirsten B said...

Fan of your blog, and share your obsession of hummus ;-)
The cookbook would look great on my cookbookshelf.

Amy T said...

This recipe looks fantastic! With the farmer's market in full swing and the Autumnal Equinox this weekend, I'm itching to make some hearty soup! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the opportunity to enter to win this book!

Sara said...

This looks delish. As usual, your photography is beautiful, too.

kits54 said...

My 2 teen-age sons are vegetarian. I have learned to cook for them and adopted it myself over the years. Thanks boys! I need more ideas.

Penny Sidoli said...

Great recipe. Thanks! Lite coconut milk is available and healthier without loss of flavor. I recommend it. Also, I put the coconut milk in an icecube tray, freeze it, and pop out the "cubes" into a plastic bag. It is surprising how many recipes do very well without one full can of high-cholesterol-inducing coconut milk. All the taste, less health risk. Another interesting way to serve kale is to roll the de-stemmed leaves like a cigar, finely slice --- you get thin shreds that are excellent tossed on top of boiled & buttered potatoes...yummy. Kids will eat their greens presented this way. Otherwise, kale and other greens taste too "bitter" for kids to smile at.

Debbie said...

This soup recipe looks delicious and easy to make. Thanks also to Penny for her add-on tips.

Kristi C. said...

Please add me to the drawing for the book - as a person with kidney disease, I'm always looking for new vegetarian options to add to my low-protein diet! Thanks!

be'ershevaboheme6 said...

I totally want one..ME ME ME!!!

Mrs Grim said...

Beautiful Soup. I may have a little trouble finding coconut milk, but I am going to try the recipe this week.

NWJR said...

This time that book is mine. I just know it.

Saun said...

Put me in the hat for the book. Thanks!

Carly said...

I recently discovered Kale, and we love it!

I've been using it in a soup and a pasta bake this week - it's the perfect vegetable for my meat-eating self and my vegetarian husband. 90% of what I cook and eat at home is vegetarian, and it would be awesome to get some new inspiring ideas.

Thank you for posting the stew - it sounds like something we'd love, and we have almost all of the ingredients :D

tinkerbelle04 said...

This recipe sounds absolutely delicious. For non vegetarians, add some chicken.

Thanks!
Joan

Dustin said...

Looks great! I practically live off soup.

L. said...

I read you blog but never comment, but since I have an excuse to...I have always loved the beautiful pictures you take of the food! And the recipes are great.

Thanks for all the work you put into your blog!

lorrie

msbanna said...

First time ever to look at a blog - really enjoyed yours. Stew looks delicious - we love soup even in Florida's hot summers. Always looking for new and delicious ways to follow a more vegetarian lifestyle..like a new cookbook!

moonmom said...

I've been reading 28 cooks for months and really enjoy your recipes and beautiful photography. But this is the first time I've sent you a comment - was compelled to say yes I love kale too and have coconut milk in the pantry right now. Was a vegetarian for several years in high school and early twenties, but started back with meat again feeding my husband and kids. Finally got to the point where I feel that it's fine to fix for them and then eat what I prefer from the meal. It's great to know what to call it - being a vegaquarian. Thanks for coining the word. And thanks for the great recipes and reviews.

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