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Slow-Cooker Chickpea Stew* **

Active Time: 20 minutes / Cook Time: 5 hours / Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes

Makes 8 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup diced fennel
  • Reserved chopped Swiss chard stems from Day 6 (optional) (about 10 stems)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary OR 1 ½ teaspoons dried
  • 1 ½ cups diced carrot
  • 1 ½ cups diced celery root (from one small to medium)
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 large or 2 small bay leaves
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 quart low sodium vegetable broth, plus more if desired
  • 1 very small green cabbage, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • extra virgin olive oil, optional, for serving
  • hot sauce, optional, for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, fennel, and chard stems, if using, plus ½ teaspoon fine sea salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and rosemary and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a 6-quart slow-cooker.
  3. Add carrot, celery root, chickpeas, oregano, basil, bay leaves, tomatoes, and broth to the slow-cooker and cook on high for 4 hours.
  4. Add the cabbage, zucchini, nutritional yeast, and remaining salt, stir, and cook on high another 30-45 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender. Stir in vinegar.
  5. Divide into 8 even servings, packaging 6 for lunches next week. (The stew freezes well, if necessary.)
  6. Serve two portions tonight, drizzling with olive oil and hot sauce to taste, if desired.

*The benefit of the slow-cooker in this recipe is that you can set it and forget it. The time is about the same if you make this on the stove-top, but you have to tend it.

If you don’t have a slow-cooker, you can do this in a Dutch oven or stockpot with a tightfitting lid. Follow the instructions in steps 1 and 2, using the Dutch oven or stockpot. Add ingredients as in step 3 and cook over low heat, stirring every 15 minutes or so, for 2-3 hours or until the vegetables are fully tender. Follow step 4, remembering to stir occasionally.

**The stew will continue to absorb liquid as it sits. Simply add ¼ cup water, or more or less to taste, when reheating.