Healthy & Easy Stew
I love autumn when foods start getting more cozy — especially the one pot meals like soups and stews. This week, I’m making my friend Christopher Tidrick’s Chicken Sausage & Kale Stew. Chris and I have been good buddies for several years, and his blog From the Soil has great gardening tips, spectacular garden/plant photography and lots of musings about living life close to your roots. Here, our friend and colleague P. Allen Smith prepares Chris’s stew recipe:
Although I’ve not been eating a lot of animal protein lately, with a one pot meal, you can dish up as much of the chicken sausage as you want in your own bowl. With the addition of the cannelini beans, you won’t be missing out on protein, and the kale is just so yummy in everything (I plan to use some from my garden). It’s really a complete meal, but if you want, you can add some hearty bread or flax seed crackers on the side.
This fall, I’ll be posting yummy recipes every Thursday that use plants from the garden — these will be healthy and easy to put together, two big requirements for me. While I love spending more time on occasion with a more involved recipe, most of us don’t have that kind of time, so these one pot or slow cooker meals are really the way to go for us. After a busy day of writing, designing or installing a landscape for a client, I can come home and fairly quickly have a good meal on the table for The Hunky Foreman and me.
One note on the chicken sausage: I live very close to several specialty grocery stores, so finding chicken sausage is very easy. I hope you can find it in your area, too, as chicken sausage is much healthier than pork sausage (even though it’s super tasty). The one I will be looking for to add to the Chicken Sausage and Kale Stew is probably going to be a chicken and herb flavor, rather than a chicken parmesan kind of sausage which could compete in flavor with the rest of the stew. I’ve also had a chicken apple sausage, and that one might blend in really well with the other ingredients in the stew. It’ll be fun to experiment!
What’s your favorite one pot meal? Post it in the comments below!