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Puchero (Smoky Stew)

Puchero (Smoky Stew)


2 cloves garlic, minced

3 mild fresh chiles, seeded and chopped

(or use 2 green peppers and cayenne

to taste)

2 cups bouillon

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons mild paprika

1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke

2 tablespoons tomato paste

4 medium potatoes, cut in chunks

2 carrots, sliced

1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, cut in chunks

1 16-ounce can pink beans or kidney beans, drained

1 bag frozen corn-black bean mixture or 2 cups frozen corn

1 package veggie pepperoni (optional)

Cooked barley or other whole grains of your choice

Combine the onions, garlic, chiles, bouillon and spices in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer 10-15 minutes. Add the liquid smoke, tomato sauce, potatoes, carrots and mushrooms and simmer, covered, 20 minutes or more, until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the canned beans and the frozen corn-black bean mixture. If using the veggie pepperoni, cut it into bite-size pieces and drop into the stew. Heat through and serve over cooked whole grains.

6-8 servings

Easy Veggie Burger Chili

4 frozen veggie burgers

1 16-ounce bag frozen pepper-onion mix

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 16-ounce can pink beans

1 16-ounce can chick peas

2 cups frozen corn

1 tablespoon mild chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

pinch cayenne, to taste

Cooked barley or other whole grains of your choice
Break the veggie burgers into 1” chunks. Combine them with all of the other ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes or more, until ready to serve. Ladle over the cooked whole grains of your choice.

6-8 servings

July 31st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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