Sunday, December 15, 2013

Procrastination Recipe: Fish & Veggie Stew

It snowed in Boston overnight, the first real snow of the season. Personally, I love it. So today, Sunday, I had no plans and ended up staying in bed until 3pm. It was wonderful. I did a little reading, caught up with family and my NYC bff, and even took a snooze. But then it was time to cook something and I felt like I wanted to make some sort of soup. I also really wanted fish. So I put a few things together and it turned out really delicious.


1 onion
1 green bell pepper
1 potato
1 cup frozen corn
a handful or baby bella mushrooms
1 small yellow squash
1 can diced tomatoes (including the juice)
1 can canellini beans
2 tilapia filets (or whatever fish you like)
2 cups cavatelli pasta
salt and pepper to taste (I used about 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoned sea salt)
1 tsp cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 box veggie broth
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoon butter (or, in my case olive oil based butter substitute)

I made this up as I went along so you can too. I also could have used black beans or the zucchini I had or elbow pasta, etc. You could also throw in ground meat, if that's your fancy, just make sure if you do use it then sautee it with the onion and bell pepper so it is cooked properly. Eat what you like. I just love vegetables and had a bunch on hand so I threw everything in. Spinach would also have been a great addition.


Sautee butter, onion and bell pepper on medium heat. Add in squash, mushrooms and cook for five minutes or until veggies start to soften. Peel and cube potato, add into pan. Sprinkle flour and stir in well. Cook two minutes until flour taste is cooked out. Then add corn and diced tomatoes. Stir well. Add in broth, canellini beans and pasta. Cut fish filets and add. Reduce to low heat and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes and pasta are cooked. Add salt, pepper and desired seasoning.

Ever since my mother lost her taste/smell last year we have been eating spicier food because she can taste spice/salty/sweet as it's on her tongue. So I added in the red pepper flakes and cajun seasoning, that's just my personal preference. I wanted something akin to minestrone but with an added twist and that's what I made. It would be great served with some crusty bread. It was the perfect dinner for this cold, snowy day.



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