Irish Stew (Plant-Based): Recipe #252

On a chilly fall day, there’s nothing like coming home to a bowl of warm, hearty Irish stew. Here’s a plant-based version that nourishes your spirit and sticks to your ribs as much as any meat-based stew would. The bourbon in it gives it a lovely flavor too. Thanks to Sam for inspiring this recipe!

Today’s insight comes from watching the Dalai Lama Summit: all living beings are interconnected. So if we harm other beings, we create pain for ourselves. And if we are kind to others, we create happiness for ourselves.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama

I hope you enjoy this recipe, which is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and yours.

Ingredients ($13 total for a big pot)

2 tbsp olive oil – $0.20
1 onion, chopped – $0.50
2 celery stalks, chopped – $0.15
4 garlic cloves, minced – $0.15
1/4 cup flour – $0.04
2 cups vegetable broth – $1.00
1 cup bourbon – $4.80
3 carrots, chopped – $0.46
2 cups mushrooms, chopped – $2.49
3 medium potatoes, chopped – $0.75
1 1/2 cups pinto beans – $0.99
1/2 cup tomato paste – $0.89
2 bay leaves – $0.28
1 tbsp brown sugar – $0.03
1 tsp thyme – $0.28
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Irish Stew

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add in the chopped onion, celery, and garlic. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes until the onion softens and starts to turn brown.

Next, stir in the flour to coat the veggies and cook for another minute. Then slowly add in the vegetable broth and bourbon, scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon as you mix it in.

2. Once the liquid is all mixed in, add in the carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, beans, tomato paste, bay leaves, brown sugar, thyme, salt and pepper. Cover the pot and bubble gently for 10-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender and can be poked with a fork.

Remove the bay leaves and serve your thick Irish stew hot in bowls. It might be even better if you have a loaf of fresh bread to accompany it! Leftovers are excellent the next day as well.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 18/18 (maximum score!)

If any of you amazing home chefs tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!