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Winter Harvest Turkey Sausage, Bean, and Cider Stew

Serves 4


    This is basically a warm hug in a bowl—a simple stew that celebrates the flavours of the season. With nourishing ingredients and minimal effort in the kitchen, this meal tastes best with a big hunk of sourdough for dunking and good company to share it with. If desired, you can swap out the turkey sausage for a plant-based version and the sage for fresh rosemary.


    Simmering = flavour

    When making stews, it’s best to gently simmer the contents instead of letting them go at a roaring boil. If you want to concentrate the flavours of the dish, you want a slow simmer.


    Winter Harvest Turkey Sausage, Bean, and Cider Stew


      • 2 tsp (10 mL) grapeseed oil or avocado oil
      • 1 lb (450 g) turkey sausage, roughly chopped
      • 1 onion, chopped
      • 2 medium parsnips, chopped
      • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
      • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) grainy Dijon-style mustard
      • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh sage
      • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) fresh thyme
      • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper
      • 3 cups (750 mL) peeled and cubed butternut squash
      • 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) hard apple cider
      • 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) hard apple cider
      • 3 cups (750 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth
      • 19 oz (540 mL) can navy beans, drained and rinsed
      • 1 large Granny Smith apple, cubed


      Per serving:

      • calories325
      • protein17 g
      • total fat4 g
        • sat. fat1 g
      • total carbohydrates65 g
        • sugars22 g
        • fibre16 g
      • sodium488 mg



      In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until browned. Remove sausage from pan and set aside.


      Place onion, parsnips, and salt in pan; heat for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened. Add mustard, sage, thyme, and black pepper to pan and heat for 1 minute. Place squash and cider in saucepan and simmer for 2 minutes. Pour in broth and gently simmer for 15 minutes. Add beans and apple; simmer for 10 minutes before ladling out into 4 separate bowls for serving.



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