Welcome to Romeo's Food Lady! This blog contains recipes for delicious vegetarian food. Most of these are not recipes authored by me. Rather, this is just a compilation of great veggie food I've found from all over the place, usually tweaked just a little. It's intended to be a reference FOR ME so I don't lose great food I've found nor the changes I've made to suit my tastes, but I'm happy for you to use it, too. After more than 25 years of being a vegetarian, I know what tastes good.
Romeo's Food Lady is named after my friend and cat, Romeo. Romeo is not a vegetarian, but his Food Lady is!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Hearty Irish Lager Stew

Here's an Irish recipe vegetarians can enjoy on St. Patrick's Day next week, courtesy of Vegetarian Times.  I made this for the holiday last year, and it was a hit!

  • 1 T. vegetable oil, divided
  • 8 oz. button or shiitake mushrooms, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 t.)
  • 1 c. diced onion
  • 3 small red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes (1 ½ cups)
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 small parsnips, peeled and sliced
  • 1 ½ t. tomato paste
  • 1 15-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 ½ c. vegetable broth
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, tied in bundle, plus 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • ½ cup lager beer
  • 1 ½ T. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 2 Tbs. chopped parsley
1. Heat 1/2 T. oil in large pot over medium heat. Add mushrooms and garlic; sauté 8 minutes, or until mushrooms are browned. Remove from pan. Add remaining 1/2 T. oil to pot. Add onion, and cook 5 minutes or until translucent. Add potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and tomato paste. Cook 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, broth, and thyme sprigs; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Add lager, flour, and mushrooms. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes, or until thickened, stirring often. Remove thyme sprigs, stir in cabbage, and simmer 4 to 5 minutes, or until cabbage softens. Stir in chopped thyme and parsley, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. 

Serves 6.

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