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Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew Recipe
October 4, 2015 | Home >Healthy Kids > Best Recipes >Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew Recipe

A delicious, nutrient dense, veggie packed slow cooker soup, that is also kid friendly in taste! Simple weeknight dinners just got easier!

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew. And amazing dinner that the slow cooker makes for you! www.superhealthykids.comOk, so are we all making it?! A month into the school routines and we are all still alive?!

As much as I actually really love to cook, I definitely have some of those weeks where activities seem endless, fussy toddlers are teething and super needy, and maybe I just plain don’t feel like cooking after that long school pick up line.

Enter…my slow cooker! Other than a little forethought to actually get the slow cooker ready in the morning, slow cooker night is pretty hands free!

And there is nothing like soup to get veggies into kids! I really think that soup is a great way to incorporate vegetables into children’s diets, not to mention gut healing bone broth. When it is filled with fun colors, and you use a few simple tricks to make it taste amazing, soup can be a really kid friendly, nourishing meal idea for kids.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew. And amazing dinner that the slow cooker makes for you! www.superhealthykids.comOne of my tricks for flavor is using squash puree in the brothy base. I started doing this a few years ago with a simple chicken stew staple we have all the time. Not only does the squash sweeten up the soup a little, it also gives it a creamier texture versus a brothy water texture and feel. It feels more indulgent but without any added dairy or flour to thicken.

When it comes to flavor in soup…be sure to add the flavor! Don’t underestimate the power of using a handful of real garlic all minced up in there! Instead of all potato, use half and half white and sweet potato for more flavor (and more nutrient variety!)

Another thing to try is making the veggies in a smaller dice. Kids usually fuss about big chunks of things in my experience. Smaller pieces look more appetizing and you can get more flavors on the spoon for one bite which just tastes better. Instead of just tearing the kale, I even run my knife through it a little more to make the leaves smaller.

Pull your slow cooker out this week and enjoy the night off on slow cooker night! I even do all the veggie chopping the night before (except leave that white potato for the morning to chop since it will brown), dump it right into the slow cooker, put the lid on and put it into the fridge over night! In the morning all I have to do is put the broth and white potato in and flip it on! Done!

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew. And amazing dinner that the slow cooker makes for you! www.superhealthykids.comA quick note on those kiddos with more sensitive palates to textures! I have found that they tend to take to soup purees better than ones with “chunks”. Take an immersion blender to this soup when it is done and do it up! The sweet potatoes make it super creamy once pureed – it is very good! Whatever you have to do to get it in them!

This one packs up great in the school lunch thermoses too! A small thermos of this many cooked veggies packs a huge nutrient punch to balance minerals in our kids!

Renee blogs at Raising Generation Nourished, and with 3 girls ages 6 and under, she is passionate about raising the next generation of kids with a better understanding where their food comes from and how food affects their bodies.

 

 

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew Recipe
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 medium – onion
  • 1 medium – carrot
  • 1 stalk – celery
  • 1 medium – sweet potato
  • 1 medium – russet potato
  • 4 cup, chopped – kale
  • 4 clove – garlic
  • 1 teaspoon – Italian Seasoning
  • 1 can – diced tomatoes, canned
  • 2 cup – pumpkin, canned
  • 4 cup – chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 2 breast – chicken breast
  • 1/8 teaspoon – sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon – black pepper, ground

Directions

  1.  Everything into the slow cooker on low for 8 hours. As with most slow cooker meals, the flavor only gets better the next day! And with this one the soup will thicken a little more as well feeling even more like a stew the next day

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 297 15%
  • Fat: 6 g 9%
  • Carb: 42 g 14%
  • Fiber: 8 g 32%
  • Protein: 23 g 46%
  • Sugar: 9 g
written by
Renee Kohley

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Comments(2)
Agnieszka says:

What would you recommend to make this stew vegetarian? Would it be ok to replace chicken with tofu, or would it fall apart after 8 hues of slow cookin?

Tracy says:

This looks great, thank you! I wasn’t expecting to see chicken breasts in the list of ingredients for the veggie stew — is that correct?

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