Spiced Root Vegetable Stew: Seasonal Chef Recipe


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Spiced Root Vegetable Stew: Seasonal Chef Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 Servings

Spiced Root Vegetable Stew: Seasonal Chef Recipe


  • ¾ cup leek, ½ “ slices, white and pale green part
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of thinly sliced ginger
  • ½ lb rutabaga, peeled and diced, 2” pieces
  • ½ lb carrot, peeled and cut in 2” pieces
  • ½ lb parsnip, peeled and cut in 2” pieces
  • ½ cup mixed grains, I used TruRoots Sprouted Rice Quinoa Blend
  • 1 dry thai chili, optional, I used a dry peqin chili
  • 1 cup greens sliced, your choice; spinach, beet greens or kale
  • 1 cup green apple, peeled and diced
  • 6-8 basil leaves, sliced
  • Juice ½ lime
  • Sliced chives or scallion, garnish


  1. In a small heavy pot saute the leek and garlic in 2 tablespoons of oil; season with salt and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes. Once the onion softens add the ginger and cook for 1 more minute.
  2. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add ½ teaspoon each of salt, pepper, the vegetables, mixed grains and chili. Cook covered for 20 minutes or until the grains are cooked and vegetables are tender. (See note.)
  3. Removed from heat and remove the chili. (You can keep it in if you want the stew to be spicier.) Add the apple, greens, basil and lime juice. Mix to combine. Serve warm.


Cook’s note: the vegetables will only take about 15 minutes. If you end up using a longer cooking grain start that first and then add the vegetables.



About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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