What are the primary ingredients of a delicious stew? Big hunks of meat and all the veggies? Sure, sometimes. You might think removing the meat results in a lackluster meal, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The most delicious vegetarian stew recipes are beefed up strictly with plant-based ingredients like oyster mushrooms, chickpeas, tofu, potatoes, or lentils. Loaded with protein, they’re some of the best stews to nourish your body through the winter.
The best vegetarian stew recipes to make this winter
This stew can be ready in an hour, and it’s loaded with wholesome ingredients, including tofu, onion, carrots, celery, veggie broth, and frozen peas.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot vegan tofu & potato stew
This stew uses some of the same techniques used to make beef stew. Except this time, the secret ingredient that replaces meat is oyster mushrooms. “I love adding oyster mushrooms because they add this kind of chewy, meaty consistency to the stew,” said Rachel Ama, a vegan recipe creator and author of Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats.
Get the recipe: Beef-less stew
This vegetarian and gluten-free recipe is loaded with protein from the red lentils, as well as cauliflower, chopped tomatoes, and red peppers.
Get the recipe: Cauliflower and lentil stew
This veggie-packed stew is filled with hearty veggies like carrots, potatoes, and parsnips, leaving with you a filling option for lunch or dinner.
Get the recipe: Vegan Irish stew
This cozy West African peanut stew is packed with flavor. Instead of using peanut butter, you can swap in sunflower seed butter or almond butter—whichever is in your pantry.
Get the recipe: West African peanut stew
The ingredients in this stew are so simple you probably already have them all on hand. There’s sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, canned chickpeas, and a whole lot of spices.
Get the recipe: Sweet potato stew
This stew doesn’t skimp on nutrients. Between the lentils, ginger, tomatoes, onion, rice, and kale, it’s one of the healthiest and most well-rounded recipes around.
Get the recipe: Curry red lentil stew with kale and chickpeas
Cozy up with this winter lentil stew. Aside from being delicious, it’s also really affordable. The full recipe costs $5 to make.
Get the recipe: Vegan winter lentil stew
All you need to do to make this stew is put your ingredients—including brown rice, chickpeas, and veggie broth—into your Instant Pot and you’re good to go.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot fennel, chickpea, and brown rice stew
Next up, try this warming one-pot vegetable dal recipe:
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