French Onion Stew

Well Happy New Year, friends!

Here we are, 2019 – resolutions in full swing. We’ve got a fresh start and endless possibilities!

I’m still in Ohio! But not for long! Tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Indiana for a conference!

So last night was kind of fun. It was New Year’s Day, and my family was having a pretty lay-low day. I’m not going to say that it’s because we partied a little too hard, on New Year’s Eve, but I’m not going to not say that we weren’t particularly tired from the night before.

Regardless, that day consisted of lounge wear, Hallmark movies, and zero activities that involved either physical or mental exertion. We did go to mass at noon, but after that, we quickly traded our dress pants for sweat pants. #NoRegrets

So, that afternoon, between the Rose Bowl and our second Hallmark movie, I decided to have a little fun in the kitchen and come up with something creative, cozy and delicious for supper!

And just what did I create?

French Onion Stew!

The rich flavors of French Onion soup, bulked up with hearty vegetables and rotisserie turkey!

And though I personally did not partake in it, because it’s not vegan, my family raved about it, saying it was one of the best things I’ve ever made! They each had 2+ bowls, and absolutely polished it off!

Next time I’ll have to make a bigger batch!

Plus, it’s Gluten Free, Paleo, and has a vegetarian option!

Here’s What You Need: (Serves 4-6)

4 large carrots, chopped
1 shallot, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
handful of green beans, trimmed and chopped
6 asparagus stalks, tough ends trimmed off, and chopped
1/3 head of cauliflower, chopped
1/2 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
1 can french onion soup
2 cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 rotisserie turkey breast, shredded or chopped (vegetarian option: omit and sub 2 cans of beans, drained and rinsed – either black, kidney, butter, pinto, chickpeas, etc.)
1 cup shredded or grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp died basil
1 Tbsp sage
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp thyme
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Tools:
large stock pot
wooden spoon
Good chef’s knife (This is the one I use and love)

Directions:
In a large stock pot, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium-high heat.

Add carrots, and stir with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook for 4 minutes. Then, add the shallot and garlic. Cook for another three minutes. Next, add the green beans, asparagus and cauliflower, and stir to combine.

Next, add your spices. Stir to coat, and cook for another 3 minutes, until they begin to soften and become tender.

Stir in the frozen vegetables. Let them cook for 2 minutes.

Next, stir in the rotisserie turkey meat. (Or beans, if using.) Stir to coat with the spices. Then, add the can of french onion soup. Stir to combine.

Finally, add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add the parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Then, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes, until the carrots are fork tender.

Serve either immediately, or the following day. It is actually best the next day, as the flavors have a chance to “marry” in the refrigerator overnight.

It is also great with a dollop of mashed avocado on top!

What a cozy meal! This was the perfect supper to eat while watching a football game in front of the TV, or for a make-ahead freezer meal that will be ready for you when you’re short on time!

But don’t let it’s accessibility fool you — it was outrageously delicious!

Pair it with a cold beer and you’ve got the makings for a perfect super bowl halftime treat!

Lastly, for as delicious and hearty as it is, it is actually terrifically healthy. All those veggies provide so many nutrients and fiber. There’s a great shot of calcium and protein! And it’s low carb too! Which, I personally don’t care about…but my dad sure did appreciate!

So make this stew and watch your loved one’s faces light up! Especially the following day when they’re gobbling up the leftovers for lunch!

And let me know how it turns out!

On that note, I love seeing the finished product when you make my recipes! Tag me on Instagram (@beauty.beyond.bones) and I’ll share your creations on my IG story! 🙂

Happy new year and happy cooking!


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74 thoughts on “French Onion Stew

  1. Yummy yummy for sure! Happy New Year! Always enjoy your news letters when I have a chance to read one. So glad you made it through, to share with others. God Bless you

    1. Hahha thanks so much Anthony! Better yet- you could make it together! Turn on some Sinatra music, light candles in the kitchen – bam – instant date night!

  2. My dear friend,

    There is a proverb that says: “Love goes through the stomach…” Well, with your delicious vegi recipes you have already given me love 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, my friend – I am going to try this out too 🙂
    Hugs and love
    Didi

      1. I have much confidence and trust in your cooking abilities – it surely will be a great meal 🙂
        It surely does not even taste good but it is also a taste of your heart 🙂
        Be greeted from heart to heart
        Didi

  3. This recipe looks wonderful. I will have to try it! Can I make a suggestion for you to try. I know you are short on time so this is something you may want to do when you have more of it. Take your garlic and your onion and juice it! Honestly it makes the most wonderful base and I just freeze it in small batches to use later. It avoids me having to use anything from a can…I use it in soup, casseroles, anything that needs liquid…What ever is left over from the juicing I just add in what ever I am making that day so there is no waste….like a veggie loaf or something! God Bless

    1. Thank you so much! Oh my gosh what a great idea with the juice!! I’ll have to try that🙌🏼 Happy New Year! 🎉 Hugs and love xox

    1. Thank you so much Talia! Haha yes! It was a proper New Year’s Day! Hugs and love xox

  4. I really appreciate these recipes. I’m not the healthiest of persons but one thing I really need is a gluten-free diet. Which is hard enough as it is since gluten-free food and ingredients are hard enough to come by in Singapore. But we do try our best.

    Here’s to an even healthier 2019!

    1. Hi Mackie! Oh that’s so great to hear! Thank you for saying that. Yay for health and wellness in 2019! And wow! Singapore! That’s awesome!! Hugs and love xox

  5. You got me in the mood for making stew; I love the French onion soup idea as a big flavor booster. I’m big in low-carb, too, so that definitely works for me. Hubby won’t go for
    turkey so traditional stew beef for me. Think I’d like to do the crock pot—any suggestions? Thnx and HNY (in case I didn’t mention it in a previous comment 😊)!

    1. haha thank you Joanne! Nice! Yeah my dad does low carb and loves it! Yes – beef would definitely work well! Or a rotisserie chicken! Hmm – I’m not super well versed in crock pot techniques, but I would imagine that you just “set it and forget it” on low for 6 hours or so. I bet it would be terrific! Sorry I’m not more help on that front! big hugs to you xox

  6. I love that despite being vegan you still make non-vegan dishes for your loved ones. Vegans get such a bad reputation for pushing their choices on others but I don’t believe that to be the case for the majority. Looks lovely btw! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much!! Oh yes absolutely! Cooking is my love language! HAhah Hugs and love xox

  7. That stew looks delicious! Omg! Thank you for sharing the recipe! And lol, we did the same thing on New Year Day. We definitely partied to hard on NYE ☺☺. Happy New Year my friend 🌷🌷

    1. Thank you Lane!! Oh nice! Haha yeah that was definitely what the doctor ordered in New Year’s Day! Happy New Year! 🎉

    1. Sure! Off the top of my head, omit the turkey, add two cans of drained and rinsed beans of choice (I’d go with chickpeas and butter beans), sub veg stock for chicken stock, omit the cheese and sub either unsweetened coconut milk or 2 cups cooked brown rice

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