Sustenance Stew from The Perfect Blend by Tess Masters

[You’ll adore this subtly spiced, nourishing Sustenance Stew from The Perfect Blend. With its cauliflower rice accompaniment, it’s vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.]

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Apparently, Canadians like to complain about the weather. Well, if your town was the subject of a riddle that went like this (and that was actually TRUE), what would you do?

The Question: What is the only place in North America where you need a parka in the morning, the air conditioner in the afternoon, and earmuffs in the evening?

Yep, you got it: Toronto. (Okay, so the ear muffs might not be necessary for everyone. I just happen to have very sensitive ears. My husband says it’s one of my many “dog-like qualities.”).

When we’re in the throes of winter here in The Six, it’s -23C (-10F) outside and there’s not even the temporary reprieve of air conditioning midday, all you really want to do is don your flannel PJs, curl up in a tight little ball with fuzzy slippers on your feet, a crocheted blanket draped over your shoulders, a roaring fireplace in front of you. . . and a bowl of hearty, fragrant, comforting stew on your lap to help ease the pain of Mother Nature’s inexplicable punishment.

I can’t think of a better candidate for that stew than this Sustenance Stew from my friend Tess’s latest cookbook!

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[Photo credit: Anson Smart]

In case you’ve been living in a deserted town in Tasmania somewhere, you already know Tess (oh, wait, that won’t work–she’s even more famous Down Under!). Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl, is the author of three cookbooks, a smoothies app and a gorgeous blog, among other things. She’s also the face of numerous food and lifestyle brands and an expert on all things blender, raw, alkalizing and natural health-oriented.

Tess’s latest tome, The Perfect Blend, is organized by the recipes’ function, whether to increase energy, boost immunity, detox, provide protein, aid in weight loss, decrease inflammation, furnish healthy fats, nourish with low carbs, alkalize the body, promote probiotics, follow proper food combining or feed the soul–it’s all there!

This recipe for Sustenance Stew comes from the chapter on alkaline-forming foods, and it’s a perfect example of how “healthful” can also be delectable.

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Apart from its comfort-food characteristics, the rich and subtly spiced sauce and inclusion of sweet potato (huge fan over here), the stew also enlists an accompaniment of cauliflower “rice” (which I’ve been playing with and loving lately). This is a truly winning combination of ingredients, textures and flavors–one that will have you coming back for seconds.

Big steaming bowls of this stew got the HH and me through some pretty cold and dreary nights last week. I can’t wait to have it again when the weather brightens–it will be a perfect reflection of my mood this spring.

I also can’t wait to try the Nosh-on-‘Em Nachos, Carrot Cake Crush, Can’t Beet This Dip, Gentle Lentils with Basil Is The Bomb Sauce, Kale! Caesar, Sweet Potato and Macadamia Magic, Pineapple Cucumber Gazpacho, Sexy Celeriac Slaw with Lime & Poppy Seeds, Avocado Avenger, Detox Chocs, Mock Tuna Swooner, Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Punched-Up Potato and Leek Soup, and so many more!

If you’re looking for more whole-foods recipes with innovative and delicious flavor combinations, be sure to grab a copy of Tess’s The Perfect Blend

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  1. This recipe was one of the “top” ones that jumped out at me from Tess’s book. Everything about it says comfort, nourish, flavor! Must try it too!

  2. This looks so amazing! I have been such a cauliflower rice addict lately – I just can’t get enough. I can’t wait to get my copy of this book.

  3. I have this book, but I haven’t tried any recipes yet. I need to fix that ASAP and make this!

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