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I need to come clean… even though creating them is my job, I am not a big fan of recipes. I like to share great recipes, but I don’t often follow them. Instead I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants when I cook, and usually it turns out okay. I’m always envious of those who follow recipes carefully, as their meals always end up being my favourites, but I do have a few standard recipes which I make regularly because they simply work.

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This is my #1 favourite stew recipe. I call it my “Snowflake Stew,” because while the base is the same each time, I throw in whatever is in my fridge… so each version is unique. I got the name from a favourite family in Ontario, Canada who’s grandmother always made Snowflake Casserole.

Lisa’s Snowflake Stew

1 – 2 sweet potatoes diced
1 – 6 cloves of garlic
½ onion (optional)
1 zucchini – diced
1 lg can diced tomatoes
½ cup red lentils
1 can of coconut milk (optional)
1 tsp turmeric (or more if you’d like)
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Throw together into a pot (saute the garlic and onions to start if you have time). Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft. Other additions – green or red peppers, parsnips, kale, or anything you might have in your fridge.

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