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Eggplant Stew

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Sometimes when I am at the store buying groceries I pick up different meats and vegetables thinking I can come up with a fabulous recipe for this or that. Most of the time I have an actual recipe in mind but other times I am winging it. That is what happened when I came up with the idea of making an eggplant stew.

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I wasn’t sure what to make when I bought a couple of eggplants but I love eggplant so I threw them in the cart with the other veggies. By the end of the week I still had not come up with an idea for the eggplant but since I did not want them to start turning brown I decided to make an Eggplant Stew.

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Stews are usually hearty and include meat somewhere in the mix. In this case, I wanted to substitute the eggplant for meat and create a vegetarian meal. All it took to make a nice hearty stew were a few chunky vegetables to compliment the eggplant and a few subtle seasonings to allow the flavor of each veggie to shine through. If you are a fan of eggplant, I think you will like this recipe.

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Remember, there is more to eggplant than making a casserole or frying.

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Eggplant Stew

Ingredients:
2 eggplant peeled and sliced
1 large onion cut in half then sliced
1 large green pepper cut in half then sliced
1 large tomato cut into wedges
2 medium red potatoes cubed
1 14 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp salt
½ tbsp black pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp Adobo
½ tsp basil
¼ cup olive oil
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray rimmed cookie sheet with cooking spray. Layer the eggplant and other veggies on the cookie sheet then sprinkle with seasonings. Drizzle olive oil over veggies. Roast veggies for 35 – 40 minutes until soft then remove from oven. Place veggies in a large pot along with chicken broth and fire roasted tomatoes. Add a little more salt if needed. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

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Fishermen’s Stew

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My Mom celebrated another birthday recently and we are all grateful that she did. As our parents get older it is nice to spend time together and celebrate life, family and love. For my mom’s birthday I thought I would fix her a special meal and use her as a guinea pig for a new dish at the same time. She loves seafood so I decided to have fish as the centerpiece of the meal

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Both my parents grew up fishing in the south so you can only imagine what I learned to do when I was old enough to hold a fishing pole. There were many weekends we loaded up the car and cast our poles out on a pier or lake in a nearby town. One of the best parts of going fishing was preparing the day before we went. My dad and I would walk down to the compost pile in a nearby field and dig for worms. No, I was not afraid of worms and found them to be quite interesting. Besides, if I was going to fish I had to learn how to bait my own hook. We created a lot of fond memories fishing together and trying to out do each other by catching the biggest fish. If we were fortunate, we would catch enough fish to last a few weeks to keep in the freezer. Thursdays was fish fry day and we would have it with either fried potatoes or grits, hot sauce and a slice of bread (told you I was a southern girl at heart).

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I came up with the idea of fishermen’s stew because there was one southern dish my mom liked to fix that I could never bring myself to eat. Fish head stew. Yes, you actually cook and eat the fish heads in a stew. Me? I only like the parts that are used for fillets.

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Fishermen’s stew is a combination of fish, shrimp and scallops in a flavorful broth. I would suggest you use a firm white fish or catfish. I used two types of fish just to shake things up. If you really want to make it a hearty dish you can add diced potatoes or corn sliced off the cob.

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Thanks mom for inspiring me to make a wonderful stew and for teaching me how to fish.

Happy Birthday !!!

Fishermen’s Stew

Ingredients:

1 lb of tilapia cut into chunks

1 lb of halibut or cod cut into chunks

1 lb of shrimp peeled and deveined

1 lb scallops

1 large onion sliced thin

1 large green pepper sliced thin

2 14 oz cans fire roasted tomatoes

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp chopped parsley

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp ground black pepper

1 tsp seasoned salt

1 tsp old bay seasonings

1 tbsp smoked paprika

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp cilantro

½ tsp red pepper flakes

½ cup fish broth or chicken broth

1 14 oz can lite coconut milk

 

Optional:

diced potatoes

corn sliced off the cob

Stir together lemon juice, seasoned salt, pepper, garlic, cumin and paprika in a large bowl. Add fish and shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onions and saute for 2 minutes. Reduce to medium heat and add peppers, tomatoes, remaining seasonings and broth. Cook for 5 minutes then add fish and shrimp. Pour coconut milk over the mixture and stir gently. Cover and reduce heat and let simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the shrimp turns pink.

Chick Pea Stew

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On one of the many days I had run out of ideas for dinner my Chick Pea Stew recipe suddenly came to me. I had leftover taco meat in the refrigerator and a can of chick peas staring me in the face so I thought why not combine them! Some of the best recipes come from leftovers and a little imagination. This recipe is one of my family’s favorite meals so now whenever I make tacos for dinner I cook extra meat for a Chick Pea Stew dinner the next day. I think the seasoning tastes wonderful the next day.Chick Pea Stew 14_1

Even if you don’t have leftover taco meat in the frig you can pull this dish together in just a few minutes. In the fall and winter you can add potatoes or pasta to make the dish a little bit heartier. In the spring and summer keep it light with just the basics. If you are truly adventurous, try adding seasonal veggies to the stew to give it a new depth of flavors.

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Although I usually make this dish during the week when my time to cook is limited due to a hungry crowd, I really enjoy making it on weekends. On the weekends I can roast the onions and tomatoes instead of using canned tomatoes. Roasting veggies adds a wonderful smokiness to the stew that you can smell and taste. However you decide to make this delicious stew it will become your own and everyone will love it.

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Healthy, quick and easy works every time!

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Chick Pea Stew

Ingredients
1 lb ground turkey
1 pkg taco seasoning (hot or mild)
1 ½ bag fresh baby leaf spinach
1 12 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
1 large can chick peas rinsed
1 large onion diced
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp Adobo seasoning
½ tsp red pepper flakes

Optional:
diced green peppers
diced potatoes
small pasta shells
roasted yellow squash
Seasonal Vegetables

Brown turkey and drain. In a large stock pot add meat, tomatoes, onions, chick peas,chicken stock and seasonings. Stir and let simmer 10 minutes. Add spinach and let wilt. Simmer on low for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.