Chickpea, Coconut & Butternut Squash Stew

Chickpea, Coconut & Butternut Squash Stew | In Jennie's Kitchen

I know it doesn’t look like much, but this Chickpea, Coconut & Butternut Squash Stew is quite an amazing dish, and for a few reasons. For starters, it costs about $10 to make, and only takes 20 minutes to cook. Also, it’s quite filling, without being heavy. It’s also vegan, which is a bonus if that matters to you, but shouldn’t be a deterrent if you have preconceived notions about vegan recipes.

I was kind of hesitant to share the recipe now, with all the summer produce coming into season. I mean, who thinks of eating stew when July 4th is a holler away? It’s just too good a recipe to hold onto until fall or winter (and who really wants to think about snow or cold weather when we just ditched our down jackets a month ago).

So, about this stew. It came about as part of project I worked on during the interview process for a job. The job didn’t work out, but creating this stew reinvigorated me in a way. Honestly, I can’t find the words to say how I’m feeling about work, and this ridiculously crowded field in which I chose to make a career. I’m of just the right age to think “get off my lawn” every time I watch a kids’ cooking competition on Food Network (Virginia’s latest obsession), but then remind myself those thoughts will only weigh me down. How does one stay relevant, while also sticking to their true self in this on-demand, instaperfect world? Continue reading…

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