Winter Warmers: 4 Hearty Stews to Keep the Cold at Bay

AAlex August 31, 2023 7:02 AM

When the temperatures drop and you crave something warm and filling, there's nothing quite like a hearty stew to satisfy your hunger and keep the cold at bay. Here, we're going to share four of our favorite winter stew recipes that are perfect for those chilly days.

Hearty Beef Stew

This traditional, comforting dish is a staple in many homes during the winter months. It's simple to prepare, and the longer you let it simmer, the better it tastes. Here's how to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 potatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Brown the beef in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the carrots, onions, and potatoes to the pot and stir to combine.
  3. Pour in the beef broth, then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Spicy Chicken and Bean Stew

This dish provides a bit of a kick and is a great source of protein. It's best served with a warm piece of crusty bread to sop up the flavorful broth.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste

Instructions:

  1. Sauté the chicken in a large pot until it's no longer pink.
  2. Add the bell pepper and jalapeno to the pot and cook until they're softened.
  3. Add the beans and chicken broth to the pot, then season with salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  4. Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 1 hour.

Vegetarian Lentil Stew

This hearty stew is packed with wholesome ingredients and is perfect for vegetarians or anyone looking to add more plant-based meals to their diet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt, pepper, and cumin to taste

Instructions:

  1. Sauté the onion and garlic in a large pot until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the carrots to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the lentils and vegetable broth, and season with salt, pepper, and cumin.
  4. Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.

Seafood Stew

This rich, flavorful stew is a real treat during the colder months. It's filled with a variety of seafood, making it a satisfying and hearty meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb mixed seafood (shrimp, scallops, clams)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot, then add in garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add the seafood to the pot and cook for a few minutes until it's just starting to turn opaque.
  3. Pour in the diced tomatoes and white wine, then season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Bring the stew to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the seafood is fully cooked.

These are just four of the many wonderful hearty stews you can make during the winter months. So, don your apron, gather your ingredients, and get ready to warm up with these delicious dishes.

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