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Bean and Seitan Stew

by Mihl

January can be a very cold month here in the east of Germany. Right now I feel like living in Siberia. The year started with lots of snow, there were one or two days when the snow started to melt, but then father frost returned. He took over the whole country. Personally, I had to fight him a couple of times and returned with a very cold nose and cold feet. But an hour later I was sitting in the warm kitchen with a bowl of hot stew like it never happened.

Fight Father Frost with Stew

Bean and Seitan Stew (makes 3 very large servings)

1 t olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (150g)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped (130 g)
3 cloves garlic, minced
160 g (5.7 oz) seitan*
2 cups cooked beans**
2 400 g tins canned tomatoes
2 cups water
1 T creole seasoning
1 T Hungarian paprika
1 t cumin
1 t fresh thyme
1 t salt or to taste
freshly ground black pepper

*I used the leftovers from my seitan roast
** chickpeas, pintobeans, and Lima beans is what I used, approx. 150g raw)

In a large stockpot heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion, pepper and carrot. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and seitan and cook for 5 more minutes. Deglaze with some water, if the mixture sticks to the pot. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 40 minutes. Serve immediately.


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The Ordinary Vegetarian February 9, 2010 - 16:34

Somehow I missed this one when you first posted it. Better late than never, especially for this lovely. I have some leftover seitan that needs a home. I love the vibrant red broth, so hearty and inviting!

Eric February 5, 2010 - 20:38

That looks incredible! It is raining here today, and I have lots of extra seitan, I think I’ll try making this tonight!

Josiane February 4, 2010 - 23:07

Since I just came back from a week in California to my cold, cold winter, I’m really in need of warming food. This stew really looks like it would do a perfect job of warming me right up!

mihl February 5, 2010 - 10:04

Wow, a week in California would be nice right now.

Mo January 31, 2010 - 05:01


Bonnie January 29, 2010 - 19:44

I have to make this stew! Just what I need with all this cold weather. Looks so tasty!

Cassie January 29, 2010 - 09:32

This stew looks perfect for the season- bright and inviting, thick and comforting! We had a recent turn around here with a week or so seeming to turn to Spring and now we’re back to Winter (not that it’s quite what you have over there!).

Melisser January 29, 2010 - 08:40

Ooh, I love stew! This sounds awesome.

Trinity (of haikutofu) January 29, 2010 - 03:32

That stew looks so chunky and delicious, I’d like to dive right in!

Meagan January 29, 2010 - 01:31

What a wonderfully simple stew! Hmm I wonder if a chickpea and adzuki version would work…

mihl January 29, 2010 - 17:28

Any bean works, I just used what I had on hand.

celine January 28, 2010 - 21:32

I am swooning over this picture, Mihl. come visit us, it’ll warm you right up!

mihl January 29, 2010 - 17:28

That would be wonderful!

dreaminitvegan January 28, 2010 - 21:02

Very pretty stew and I love that you used creole seasoning in it. yum

River - The Crafty Kook January 28, 2010 - 19:59

It’s a beautiful bowl of bright red stew! Just looking at that vibrant color warms you up, doesn’t it? Father Frost doesn’t stand a chance against this delicious warming stew! :-D

Steffi January 28, 2010 - 16:28

I hope you defrost quite soon! I had a friend from Berlin over the other week and she kept telling me London is almost tropical in comparison- yet cold enough for stews :)

cookingforaveganlover January 28, 2010 - 15:43

yum this sounds great!

amandatrombley January 28, 2010 - 04:26

yummy soup goodness. I’m glad that you gave Winter a hard time. He really deserves it! My father got into a fight with him last year (specifically a snow shovel) and got a black eye from that so I’m glad you got off with just a cold nose. I always ask my father if he and the shovel are getting along better now..;)

mihl January 28, 2010 - 15:53

Ha, ha! I’m glad I don’t have to shovel snow.

jessy January 28, 2010 - 02:41

it got all cold on us again here in virginia too, Mihl – i was so excitedfaced as we had a few days of warmth. but cold here isn’t nearly as cold as it is for you in germany. stay warm! your bean ‘n seitan stew looks awesome & super comforting. when i was pulling out some blackening seasoning the other day i totally found a little jar of creole seasoning and thought “what should i do with this?”. now i know – i’m going to make your soup! we’ll brown up some tempeh and sub it in for the seitan – i can’t wait! yay!

mihl January 28, 2010 - 15:53

Tempeh sounds like a really good idea! I should pick up a package too. How cool you found some creole spice mix.

a-k January 28, 2010 - 00:57

That spice combination sounds delicious… I might have to try it without the seitan!

Also, my girlfriend didn’t say anything about the weather in Germany, but then again she arrived in Europe from Minnesota, which is pretty damn cold to begin with!

mihl January 28, 2010 - 15:52

Your girlfriend was pretty good prepared then!

Salla@Goddess of Cake January 28, 2010 - 00:01

This looks like a dish you’ll like to eat after a winter – walk!

melanie January 27, 2010 - 21:41

looks great. perfect for this cold winter!!

Jes January 27, 2010 - 20:54

That’s a beautiful stew and it *does* look perfect for warming up. Seems like we’re all pretty cold this year!

Jojo January 27, 2010 - 19:55

Yum, that looks warming and delicious.

Lisa (ShowMeVegan) January 27, 2010 - 19:12

that is one gorgeous, delicious looking dish (as usual!)

cookeasyvegan January 27, 2010 - 18:59

Nothing like a hot bowl of fragrant stew to warm up a wintry day. The Creole seasoning is a great touch.

And the blog looks beautiful. I love the photos and the dark blue background.

The voracious Vegan January 27, 2010 - 18:28

Your blog looks amazing, I love the new look! And this stew looks perfect for the chilly nights we’ve been having lately. I love the addition of cumin – it makes everything so delicious!

Kathy Hester (geekypoet) January 27, 2010 - 18:23

I just have to say yum!! I can’t have wheat for about a month, but I may have to make this with some tofu instead.

mihl January 27, 2010 - 18:34

Tofu sounds great, I bet smoked would be really delicious.

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