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This healthy, spicy black bean coconut stew is exactly what we need during these upcoming autumn weeks! It’s full of roasted cauliflower, butternut squash, caramelized red peppers, warming spices, coconut milk, hearty black beans, and lots of lime juice. Serve it over rice for a complete, satisfying meal that will warm you up from the inside out.
I’ve shared so many delicious, flavorful recipes over the months with Spice Tribe’s unique spices (check out this decadent porcini-spiced parmesan pasta if you missed it last month), and today we are bringing a little Caribbean flare into the kitchen with their Haitian blend – Mama Manje.
These spice blends always inspire me to try something new, and they easily add so much flavor to a dish. I love how minimal I can keep the rest of the ingredients since the spices really do all of the work. And that’s exactly the case with this black bean coconut stew.
This stew is the perfect blend of fresh, vibrant flavor with a cozy autumn feel. The Mama Manje spice blend includes green bell pepper, onion, thyme, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, habanero, and star anise. The warm spices of cinnamon and star anise make this the perfect spice to use in the colder months, yet the other spices provide a really unique, fun contrast of brightness.
With all of these spices, I kept the rest of the stew really simple. It’s completely vegetable focused, using beautifully golden roasted cauliflower and seasonal butternut squash, along with some caramelized red peppers for a pop of color. The cauliflower adds heartiness, while the squash and red peppers add sweetness. You could easily mix it up and add any roasted vegetable you’d like in here – carrots, broccoli, and pumpkin would all be great.
The other ingredients included – some caramelized shallot, garlic, a little fresh chile (however, the spice blend is fairly spicy, so if you want a milder heat, I would omit the fresh chile), creamy coconut milk, stock, lime juice, and scallions – all build on each other, creating lots of layers of flavor and texture.
I like serving this stew in a big bowl over rice to complete the meal. It’s comforting and fresh at the same time, perfect for cozying up with during these colder months. It comes together pretty effortlessly, too, and is really easy to make in a big batch…so I would definitely save this one for a busy week where the leftovers will come in handy!