Tomato Chickpea Stew with Sweet Potatoes

I kind of LOVE warm, flavorful, savory thick soups / stews. Especially in this cold Northeast winter season. There’s something that just makes me feel so good about a big bowl of hearty soup. Kind of usually feels healthy too. I love this recipe because it makes great meal prep and stays fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days! This recipe is also vegan, for those of you who are DAIRY FREE πŸ™‚

NOTE: this recipe uses arrowroot starch/flour (referred to as powder below), which is a great alternative to corn starch. Arrowroot powder is used to thicken soups, stews, gravies, etc; can be using baking too. It is much healthier than cornstarch – it’s grain free so it digests easily and contains more fiber than potatoes and other starches. It also has potassium, iron, and B vitamins.

PS. this is kid friendly too! My toddler loves it πŸ™‚

ingredients

  • 1.5 cups sweet potato, peeled and finely diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups fresh chickpeas, fully cooked (or substitute canned)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 4-6 bay OR curry leaves
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder (or substitute corn starch)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3-4 tbsp tomato paste

instructions (makes 4-5 servings)

  • In a large pot, saute the sweet potato and yellow onion in olive oil for 12-15 min on low heat until sweet potato is slightly brown and onions are translucent. Season with salt/pepper and oregano. Stir well.
  • Add cherry tomatoes and chickpeas. Increase heat to low/medium and continue cooking for 5-7 more min, stirring often.
  • Add vegetable broth. I like to use the @Knorr vegetable bouillon cubes, they are SO flavorful. Stir well, and add coconut milk along with curry or bay leaves. Bring mixture to a boil for 2-3 min. Lower heat to simmer, cover lid, and cook for 15-20 min.
  • Add arrowroot powder, along with garlic/onion powders and tomato paste. Mix well, and continue cooking on low heat for 5-10 more min.
  • Shut off gas and either serve immediately or let it sit on the stove with the lid on until ready to eat (this allows it to thicken further).

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