Brussels Sprouts & Tomato Stew

Modified a Holy Cow Vegan recipe | Makes: 2-3 servings | Time: ~30 min.


1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium red onion, finely diced

1 large or 2 medium #tomatoes, diced

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cayenne

1 tsp dried coriander

2 tsp ras el hanout

1 lb #Brusselssprouts, trimmed and halved (if there are a few small ones in the bunch, just trim those)

1/2 cup #cashews

1 14-oz can coconut milk (I did light. If you want a thicker stew, use full fat)

Salt, to taste

1 tbsp lemon or lime, for serving

Cauliflower rice with turmeric and ginger, for serving


Heat the oil in a wide saucepan and add mustard seeds. When they sputter, add garlic. Saute for a minute.

Add the onions and saute for a minute until they begin to turn translucent. Add the tomatoes and powdered spices (coriander, ras el hanout, cayenne and turmeric). Saute, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes release most of their liquid and get pulpy.

Add the cashews, Brussels sprouts and some salt to taste. Cover the saucepan to let the Brussels sprouts get tender, around 5-8 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. If necessary, add a couple of tablespoons of water to the pan.

Add half the coconut milk and let the sauce come to a simmer. Check if the Brussels sprouts are tender by piercing one with a fork in the center. Add the remaining coconut milk and just warm through without letting the stew boil.

Check salt and add more if needed.

Serve the stew hot with some cauliflower rice. Add some lemon or lime juice over the stew while serving.

What I've been eating and doing to stay healthy

I've been eating terribly. We spent an extended weekend going to beer festivals and microbreweries. We ate pizza, chips, and frozen appetizers. We barely moved. Who can say no to this face, though? He loves breweries. Look at him smile for beer. He's a friend's dog and I don't get to see him very often at all, so I gotta give into all of his whims, obviously.

Some of the good things we ate were cold soba noodles with peanut sauce and veggies, chickpea salad with veggies, eggplant sausages, corn on the cob, and zucchini. It's not like that dissolves the bad though.

Today, I've had egg white bites, a peanut butter and Thai curry sandwich, a piece of thin provolone, and the brussels sprouts stew. I've had a couple cups of coffee and not enough water (though I plan on getting at least 6 glasses in by the end of the night).

I did get in more than 10,000 steps today. Most of those steps were in the heat and humidity. A tough portion of those steps were in a thunderstorm carrying a wagon full of groceries (including 6 bottles of wine).

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