6 Warming & Filling Stews for Chilly Nights

Winter stew
Photo Credit: Making Thyme for Health

January 4, 2021

By Beth Lipton

It’s January, which means it’s officially stew season. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy a hearty meal in a bowl that warms you from the inside out. We’ve gathered up a collection of recipes to keep you warm, but remember: Stews are very forgiving. Swap different vegetables, spices, broths, and even proteins to use what you have and to suit your taste. 

1. One Pot African Peanut Stew from Making Thyme for Health

Combining peanut butter, sweet potatoes, fresh ginger, and greens, this luscious plant-based stew is guaranteed to satisfy. And, with only 15 minutes of prep in a single pot, it’s simple enough for a weeknight. If you don’t have collard greens handy, swap in spinach, kale or chard.

Photo credit: Budget Bytes

2. Vegan Winter Lentil Stew from Budget Bytes

With just 10 minutes of prep, this plant-based stew brings together really simple ingredients and transforms them into a rich, hearty meal. It makes 8 generous servings and freezes well, so have some tonight and freeze extras; your future self will thank you.

Photo credit: Simply Recipes

3. Quick Easy Fish Stew from Simply Recipes

If you find cooking fish intimidating, this stew is the answer. Since you simmer fish filets in the broth mixture, you truly can’t mess it up. And it won’t make your kitchen smell fishy. Tomatoes, garlic, parsley and a touch of white wine give it deep flavor, and it’s on the table in 30 minutes.

Photo credit: Ambitious Kitchen

4. The Best Healthy Chili Recipe from Ambitious Kitchen

Yes, chili qualifies as stew. You can make this crowd-pleasing one on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. With ground turkey, kidney beans, bell pepper, onion, garlic and plenty of spices, it’s delicious on its own. Or add your favorite toppings: Avocado, radishes and sour cream for us, please! The level of heat depends on the type of chili powder you use. Add a diced jalapeno if you like it even spicier.

Photo credit: The Mediterranean Dish

5. Easy Moroccan Lamb Stew from The Mediterranean Dish

This stew brings together decadently-tender braised lamb with chickpeas, vegetables, tangy dried apricots and fragrant spices like ginger, cinnamon and allspice. It will make your kitchen smell incredible and everyone ooh and ahh as they dig in. Plus, you can make it on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in an Instant Pot.

Photo credit: Happy Body Formula

6. Chorizo and Vegetable Stew from Happy Body Formula

Using a super-flavorful protein like smoky chorizo is a smart strategy for a quick, easy, and tasty stew. Plenty of vegetables give this bowl body and tons of good nutrition, and the whole thing is brightened up with a splash of lemon. You can use dried or fresh chorizo. Just be sure to check the ingredients to make sure it’s high-quality, with no additives or artificial colors.