Cooler weather always calls for warm and cozy food, preferably eaten out of a bowl. This Fall season I have been craving protein like crazy!! I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to get enough lately. I think my body is saying “Must stay warm!” I like to incorporate beans in my meals for a healthy protein option instead of meat. Although, I did technically add some bacon to this particular recipe. I don’t always… 😉
*Beans are also a really great choice for vegans for protein because they are so filling and delicious. I encourage you to try this recipe as is or get creative and replace with your 3 favorite beans. You can use any beans you like! I just happened to be in the mood for this sexy trio. This recipe is so perfect for a lazy Sunday as it requires some time on the stove, but is still relatively low maintenance. Enjoy this stew on a chilly day with loved ones and cozy up!
- 1 can Black-Eyed Peas drained and rinsed
- 1 can Black Beans drained and rinsed
- 1 can of Lentils drained and rinsed
- 4-5 garlic cloves minced or sliced thin
- 1 Yellow Onion chopped
- 2 large Tomatos chopped
- 5 slices of Bacon cut with scissors to make small slices (Void if Vegan)
- Fresh Cilantro
- 1/2 Jar of Organic Tomato Sauce
- 2 cans of water
- Turmeric Seasoning
- Cayenne Seasoning
- Cumin Seasoning
- Olive Oil (optional)
- If you are Vegan or skipping bacon pour olive oil to coat your large pot.
- If cooking with bacon, place your bite-sized bacon slices into a large pot and cook on medium high heat until browned. Dump majority of grease out, but leave enough to coat pan.
- Remove browned bacon from the pan and at medium high heat cook tomatoes, onions and garlic in grease or cook in olive oil for a healthier option.
- Add in your 3 cans of rinsed beans to the large pot. Turn heat down to medium.
- Add in 1/2 jar of tomato sauce.
- Add in 2 cans of water.
- Add in browned Bacon (optional).
- Season bean mixture generously with Salt and Pepper.
- Sprinkle Cumin and Turmeric seasoning lightly (very strong flavors)
- Sprinkle Cayenne generously if you like heat, if not go light.
- Simmer bean stew on medium heat until almost boiling, then leave pot uncovered and turn heat to low.
- Cook bean stew for 1-2 hours depending on desired bean tenderness and stir every 20-30 minutes to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add more water if too thick.
- Add a bunch of freshly chopped cilantro at the end and stir in.
- Enjoy your cozy bean stew!!