When the temperatures go down, the time has come for delicious soups and stews. They are made for colder days. In summer, I try to avoid eating hot soups/stews because they make me sweat. In fall and winter, they are perfect. They warm you from the inside and if you fall into a “food coma” nobody cares. You can just lie down on the sofa and relax ;P
If you are not located in (still warmer) southern Europe the time for those dishes has finally arrived. Conveniently, I got a lot of those hearty dishes here on the blog. During the colder season, we basically prepare some stew at least once a week. They are quick and easy to cook and taste delicious. Simply perfect.
This little compilation here is just a small selection of my favorite dishes. I’m pretty sure one of them will be a future favorite for you too ;)
This mixed stew is a great dish to “get rid” of legumes. If you like to cook with dried beans, lentils, etc. I am pretty sure you have a lot of opened packages with some leftover beans and lentils. Recipes almost never ask for the whole package ;) Luckily you can collect different types of legumes and throw them all into one pot – and then make this delicious stew with it. Super easy.
Kale is not everyone’s cup of tea. I know that and you know that too. Here in Germany, you will get it served mostly overcooked with some sausage and potatoes on the side. In the US, kale is the darling of health gurus. For a good reason – you can use it for so many delicious dishes like this coconut & butternut stew and sometimes you will not even notice that you eat kale ;P
This vegan stew with potatoes and chickpeas is super easy to make and pretty quick on the table. Chop the veggies, roast them nicely so they can develop flavors, then deglaze with the tomatoes and add the potatoes and chickpeas – that’s it. And all without meat or dairy products. Just one of many vegan recipes here on the blog.
Fall is the time for pumpkin, potatoes, and lots of root vegetables. So it’s only natural to incorporate them all into delicious recipes. Here in combination with some meat – a delicious goulash, which not only warms you up but also tastes great! ;)
An absolute classic of German cuisine: lentil stew with sausages (knacker). If you visit us in fall/winter the chances are pretty good you will get this dish served (because we do it quite often). With a good dash of vinegar, this has been one of my favorite dishes since childhood. So delicious!
White beans can be used to make many delicious soups and stews. They work just as well in clear broths as they do in a creamy tomato sauce. This delicious stew with beans & tomatoes is vegan and the perfect dish when it’s cold and wet outside and you need some warmth from inside as soon as possible ;)
A classic stew with meat and potatoes many people normally do with spice mixes from the store. If you cook on a regular basis you should have all the spices at home for this dish. No need to buy that overpriced spice mixes from the supermarket that are mostly starch anyway ;P
Minestrone is actually an appetizer – but with enough pasta added it quickly becomes a delicious main course. It tastes not only incredibly delicious but also fills you up pretty quickly. A humble dish with easy (and often inexpensive) ingredients.
A good Hungarian Goulash takes a bit of time – but does not require a lot of work. Some chopping and sautéing, that’s it. The rest happens in the pot without you doing anything ;P Best served with some homemade pasta (we love Spätzle with it)!
One of my favorite dishes from back home… My mom made Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (aka. Veal Stew) quite regularly – either with regular pasta, homemade Spätzle (egg noodles), or sometimes with Rösti. Making Rösti is a bit of extra work but definitely worth the extra time spent in the kitchen ;)
Chili (sin Carne) is the perfect weeknight dish. If you prepare an extra big pot you have dinner (and/or lunch) for several days. This delicious version without meat is not only vegetarian but even vegan – which is actually not really difficult to archive ;P
Potato soups have many fans, but also know many haters. A soup like this might not be the “sexiest soup alive”, but definitely a tasty option if you are hungry and you want to fill your stomach. The soup is rich and creamy and the added sausages make the dish even better. When it comes to soup – one of my favorite recipes!
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