Jade and I have been at it again! This time, we put together a thick vegetable stew in celebration of Mabon and the autumn equinox. This is just one way that a couple of kitchen witches give thanks for the earth’s bounty by “brewing up” a luscious stew made from fresh seasonal vegetables. This stew cooks quickly and can be easily prepared over a festive fire or on the stove. If you serve this with a thick, crusty bread, it’s a celebration on any cool autumn or winter day!
When Jade and I cook together, we tend to use whichever fresh vegetables that are in season. This stew is no expection to that. I am allergic to the acid in tomato seeds so we use bell peppers in this stew but the original recipe that was given to me about 25 years ago called for 3 large, diced tomatoes. Feel free to use the bell peppers interchangably or use them both if that makes you happy.
Autumn Equinox Stew
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small eggplant, cubed
1 large acorn squash, peeled, cubed
1 large zucchini, peeled and cubed
2 yellow squash, cubed
1 tsp. salt
black pepper to taste
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 1/2 cups of water
1 cup dried lentils
1 24 oz can of Hunt’s Traditional or Mushroom Pasta Sauce
Put olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until highly aromatic. Add eggplant and squash and zucchini. Saute until edges show signs of cooking. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
You can make your own sauce if you like. The original recipe that is the base for this stew had the directions for the sauce but I didn’t keep those instructions. Because of my allergy, I have to be careful with tomatoes and tomato products. Hunt’s products are processed in such a way that they don’t bother me. I can’t make my own sauce from fresh tomatos but I can eat Hunt’s. Odd, I know. I wish I knew what the difference is!
If you are a meat eater, you can add chunks of your favorite meat such as beef stew meat, boneless chicken, and/or bacon. I add chicken and bacon when I make it at times other than Mabon.