Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Winter's Hearty Bean Stew

1 lb. assorted dry beans
2 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup apple juice
1/3 cup tamari sauce
1/3 cup pineapple juice or water
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup potatoes, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
1 onion, diced
1 tsp. parsley, dried
1 bay leaf
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. pepper, ground (optional)
1 cup rice or pasta, cooked
salt to taste 

Sort and rinse beans, then soak overnight in water. Drain beans and place in crock pot. Add tomato juice, apple juice, tamari sauce, and pineapple juice.

Cover with vegetable stock or water.  The juice adds sweetness and the soy sauce adds depth and flavor.  Cook on high for 2 hours.

Add the vegetables, herbs, and spices.  Cook for 5-6 hours at low until carrots and potatoes are tender. When tender, add rice or pasta and cook for one hour more.

Serve with crusty bread or your favorite crackers.


  1. Hmmmmm, sounds like a very interesting recipe La Tea Dah. The pineapple juice must be like a secret ingredient. Thanks for sharing. Now could you please send some over for taste testing? Ha! Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

  2. Oh that sounds perfect for this cold night in Washington! Blessings...

  3. Yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to put on my list of things to cook up. :)

  4. That sounds really yummy and unusual. We've been eating a lot of soups and stews around here so this could add some much needed variety. Thanks.

    Oh, LaTeaDah, I remembered you right away and got you back very quickly. ;D

  5. Sounds very good, especially during soup season.

    Warm wishes,


  6. This sounds delicious! Maybe I'll try it, I love soups in the winter time.

    What is the tamari sauce?



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