Harvest Salsa-Root Vegetable Stew
























It’s soup and stew season! I purchased some root vegetables with a recipe in mind from my Simmering Solutions slow-cooker cookbook but when I got ready to make it, I realized that I didn’t have the can of diced tomatoes it called for. What to do? What can I use to substitute for the tomatoes?  I  looked in my pantry and spied Trader Joe’s Fall Harvest Salsa and thought it would make a great addition to this stew – and it did! Winter Vegetable Stew became Harvest Salsa-Root Vegetable Stew. It is delicious!

Trader Joe’s carries this wonderful salsa seasonally so check your local Trader Joe’s to see if they have any left – and if they do, but a few jars to last until next October! What’s in the salsa? The main ingredients are pumpkin, tomatoes, tomatillo, onions, apples and butternut squash.

The flavorful recipe is very easy to make – just peel and chop some vegetables, add the salsa, garlic and other ingredients to the crock pot and forget it for a few hours. What could be easier?











Here is the recipe using Trader Joe’s Fall Harvest Salsa:

Harvest Salsa-Root Vegetable Stew

The recipe serves 6

Vegan, Plant-based, Gluten-free


2 medium onions, thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, minced, or 1 1/3 teaspoons Trader Joe’s Minced Garlic

2 15-ounce cans Trader Joe’s Diced and Fire Roasted Tomatoes

1 jar Trader Joe’s Fall Harvest Salsa

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 medium rutabagas (1 1/2 pounds), chopped into small pieces

1 small celery root (1 pound), chopped into small pieces

2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered

2-3 parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced

4-5 medium carrots (12 ounces), thinly sliced

1-2 15-ounce can(s) Trader Joe’s Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped fresh cilantro

Combine all ingredients in a 4-to-5-quart slow cooker (large) and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or until vegetables are tender. (The smaller the vegetable pieces, the shorter the cooking time.)

To serve, spoon the stew into serving bowls and top with cilantro. The recipe has just enough kick to it but if you would like more, add some red pepper flakes along with the cilantro. I also added some fresh small tomatoes.


©Jamie Davidson, M.S. 2018


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Jamie holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and has been working in the health promotion and disease prevention fields for over 30 years. Her Quick and Healthy Meals from Costco and Trader Joe’s classes have been extremely popular as more and more people discover the benefits of healthy shortcut cooking. She also helps those who are overweight get back into their smaller-size clothes as a Weight Management Coach. Having lost 50 pounds herself, she imparts the tools and practices she used to lose weight and keep it off with her clients.Learn more about her “What Works” Weight Loss program.






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