Sweet and Smokey Red Bean Stew

By Rona Berg / February 4, 2017

A hefty helping of kidney beans can help regulate blood sugar after your meal, giving you sustained energy. Beans are good for diabetics, and their cholesterol-lowering fiber makes them a friend of your ticker, too.

If you’re serving this stew to a crowd, get a little fancy and top with a dollop of vegan sour cream and sliced radishes.


Serves 4 to 6

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes


1 tablespoon neutral-tasting oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 orange or red bell pepper, finely diced

1 carrot, finely diced

4 strips tempeh bacon, diced

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped, for garnish

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth

1. Heat a 6-quart saucepan and add oil. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper and carrot. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft. Add tempeh bacon, oregano, thyme, sea salt and pepper. Stir to incorporate.

2. Add beans, hot sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, tomato paste and broth. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until most liquid is absorbed, or desired thickness is reached. Serve warm, garnished with chives.

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, longtime journalist and best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty: 1000 Quick Fixes (Workman Publishing), Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine. She has been cited as an industry expert by Huffington Post, Fox News and New York Magazine and contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. Berg co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.
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