Hearty Root Vegetable Stew—Slow Cooker Style for Ossining & Croton

Ossining resident Caroline Curvan's Hearty Slow Cooker Veggie Stew. Simple, healthy and seasonal!

Now, what with the weather and all, I’ve been eating way too much in the way of beef stew and baked goods, and not getting a lot of exercise.  So, I thought I’d lighten up for a meal and try something entirely vegetarian.  But I wanted it to make it only using local produce.  And what’s available is root vegetables.

My new vegetable was rutabaga – a giant version of a turnip that often comes (from the supermarket) in a thick wax coating.  My farmer’s market one did not, which makes it much easier to cut, but I imagine it wouldn’t store as well.

Except for all the peeling and chopping, this recipe couldn’t be simpler. Plus, it makes your house smell all warm and cinnamon-gingery.  Next time, I might try increasing the amount of broth and throw in a half cup of barley, farro or quinoa to make this extra hearty.

Hearty Root Vegetable Stew


1 lb rutabaga (or turnips), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes                              

1 lb carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

3/4 lb parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

3/4 lb yellow-fleshed potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 large yellow onion, chopped

12 dried apricots, halved

6 Tbsp sliced almonds

2 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable (or chicken) broth


1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Pour broth over top.

2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, until vegetables are fork-tender.

3. Serve over couscous, barley, or rice. 

Serving size: 1 1/2 cups


Visit the !  Every Saturday, rain or shine, outdoors at the Croton Train Station in Parking Lot A.  (This was supposed to be the Briarcliff Indoor Market, but due to reasons I cannot pinpoint, maybe zoning rules, maybe parking concerns,) the market was moved to Croton.  Some of the vendors include:

  • Feather Ridge Farms -- chicken and eggs
  • Kiernan Farms – beef and pork
  • Baked by Susan – baked goods and hot drinks
  • Flour City Pasta – organic “artisanal” pasta

There are at least three produce vendors as well, mostly selling apples, cabbages, carrots, parsnips and turnips.

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Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) January 26, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Must be a crockpot kind of day! Mine is cooking away (photo uploaded into the Neighborhood Gallery) though it isn't meatless: cabbage, rutabaga, potatoes and smoked sausage.


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