Friday, October 22, 2010

Broke Bean Stew

I got this recipe from the Biggest Loser and it is sooo good! I did make it a little bit differently, the original recipe doesn't require any meat so if you are a vegetarian then leave the meat out and use a vegetable broth instead of chicken broth...However, my husband Nik is a meateatarian! Had I not put any meat in, at dinner I would hear him say: "Did you forget to put the meat in?" or "Is this some kind of cereal?" or "Can you pass me the burger patties?". You get the,to avoid my wonderful stew being turned into something resembling burger soup at the last minute, I added some beef and it turned out really yumzers! I wouldn't make it any other way.


1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow or white onion, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 small package of beef cubes or 1.5 lb. of steak cut up into cubes.
1 large can diced fire-roasted tomatoes (or just diced tomatoes)
2 cans (15.5 oz each) black beans or chickpeas or lima beans; rinsed & drained
1 can chickpeas
3.5 cups organic chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or parsley if your name is Christine Armstrong and you can't stand cilantro! :) )
2 cups baby spinach leaves (optional)
Serve with sour cream.


Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in 4-quart saucepan. Add onion and sauté about 5 minutes, until softened but not browned. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Do not brown garlic. Add the spices. Stir well to coat onions and garlic in the spices.

Add tomatoes and simmer about 5 minutes. Add the beef cubes and mix it well with the spices, onions and garlic so nothing gets stuck to the bottom of the pot. Keep stirring for about 10 minutes, the beef should no longer look raw. Add 2 cans of beans and 2 ½ cups of broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer.

Place the chickpeas and the rest of the broth (1 cup) in bowl of food processor or in blender. Add cilantro and puree until smooth. Add mixture to stew. Add spinach (optional) and heat just until wilted. Stir well and serve hot with a bit of sour cream. Enjoy!!!

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