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Stinky Vegetarian Stew

I feel like stews are a neglected part of the cooking world. I mean, there’s a whole slew of them out there, but I feel like they’re very hard to find that are just what you’re looking for. I mean, you can make a veggie stew out of pretty much anything, but it’s tricky to get it just right. That’s why I decided to make a stinky vegetarian stew to help you out with your holiday cooking.

Because what do you do with all those veggies you’ve been eating all year round? I mean, you have your blueberry sauce, your traditional veggies, your delicious roasted butternut squash. But what about a stew? Thankfully, I’ve got you covered.

This Stinky Vegetarian Stew is perfect for your holiday table this year. It’s a vegetarian dish that everyone will go crazy for. The slow cook way of preparing this stew makes for an incredibly tender squash with super flavorful vegetables. And the flavor of, you guessed it, “stink”, comes from the combination of sauerkraut, miso, and nutritional yeast.

If you’re not into super stinky stuff, don’t worry. The stink isn’t overpowering, or too strong. It just adds a depth of flavor that’s incredible. And the best part is it works great for those of you out there looking for plant-based holiday recipes for your family. It’s healthy and delicious. What more could you want?

So there you go, my friends. Some of my favorite holiday recipes from this year!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Catch ya next time!


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  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 large leek, sliced
  • 1 small bulb fennel, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (240 ml) red wine
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 1/2 cups (625 ml) vegetable broth
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • 1 cup (240 ml) brown lentils
  • 1 cup (240 ml) pearl barley
  • 1 cup (240 ml) green lentils
  • 2 cups (500 ml) cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped fresh chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil and sauté onion, carrots, celery, leek and fennel until soft (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and sauté for another minute.
  2. Add wine, tomato paste, water, soy sauce, vinegar, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the broth, water, lentils, barley and chickpeas. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste.