Warming Winter Stew with Sweet Potatoes, Kale & Buckwheat
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Serves: 5
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cm (about 1 inch) of fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 sweet potatoes (mine weighed about 800g)
  • 1 small bulb fennel
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 pears
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups (1000ml) of water
  • 3 tablespoons of homemade vegetable stock paste
  • 1½ cup (150g) of buckwheat
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 large handfuls of kale or spinach
  • 1 pomegranate
  • fresh herbs to serve (I used fresh mint, parsley and cilantro)
  1. Start by prepping your vegetables: peel and dice the onion and ginger and mince the garlic. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Remove the outer layers from the fennel, remove its core and finely chop it. Remove the seeds from the bell peppers and cut them into bite-sized pieces as well. Then remove the core from the pears and cut in squares. Wash the kale and remove it the leaves from the stem.
  2. In a large dutch oven or pot, heat the olive oil over medium to high heat. Add the chopped onion, ginger and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Then add all the spices and sauté until you can really smell the flavor.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, carrots, fennel, bell peppers and buckwheat and fry for about a minute or two.
  4. Now add the water, vegetable stock paste and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until the sweet potatoes are almost tender. You might need to stir it occasionally or add more water.
  6. While the stew cooks, remove the seeds from the pomegranate.
  7. Once the potatoes are almost done, add the pears and cook for another 10 minutes. Add the kale right before serving, and stir to combine. Season with additional salt, according to your taste.
  8. Serve with fresh herbs, pinch of lemon juice and the pomegranate seeds.
Recipe by Heavenlynn Healthy at https://www.heavenlynnhealthy.com/warming-winter-stew-sweet-potatoes-kale-buckwheat/