Semi-Whole Food “Beef” Stew

Posted: January 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

Semi-Whole Food Recipes are kind of more like mash ups. These are ideas to be played with They are relatively hard to screw up and can be somewhat flexible based on what you have on hand.

Suggested Ingredients:

1 yellow onion, diced

1-2 ribs celery chopped

2 Tbsp olive oil (or broth)

Tbsp or two of dried or fresh herbs, depending on your taste (I like either thyme or herbs de provence, rosemary fresh from the garden is usually my pref.)

4 garlic cloves, minced or grated

Box or two of sliced button mushrooms

2 boxes vegan mushroom gravy *


2 packets vegetarian gravy mix prepared with hot water to packet instructions

Several cups water prepared with instant vegan boullion


Several cups mushroom broth or veggie stock

2 Tbsp cornstarch, tapioca starch or arrowroot whisked into 1/2 cup water (to whisk into stew at the end)

3-4 cups baby carrots or frozen carrots

3-4 russett potatoes cut into rough 1 inch chunks (to peel or not to peel, you decide)

1lb or so of sliced and browned vegan sausage

2 cups frozen peas

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley for serving


Brown the mushrooms a big giant pot. Cook onions until translucent, add herbs and garlic and cook for about thirty seconds. Add optional cup of wine or continue on to add broths and vegan mushroom gravy. Add carrots and cover. Cook until carrots are tender. Test for flavor adding more salt and pepper if necessary. Optional ingredients can be added here as well if extra depth is needed (vegan worcestershire sauce, garlic powder as needed).

Add browned sausage and frozen peas at the last minute. Serve with fresh parsley and fresh whole wheat rolls.

* whenever I see this product on sale I STOCK UP. I have also bought the whole Gardein Roast kit and saved the gravy packet in the freezer instead of using it with the roast. It’s such a fantastic semi-whole food ingredient for rich, omnivore pleasing beefless stew. This recipe is the best way to really stretch out the use of this ‘bang for your buck’ ingredient.

Recipe Confession:


I like to put Downtown Abbey on in the background and drink really strong Morning Thunder tea while I make this. Although I’m pretty sure Mrs. Patmore would disapprove of my antics.

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