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Mediterranean Meatball Stew

Disclaimer: Thank you to The Little Potato Company for sponsoring this blog post. All recipes, wording and opinions are my own.

When I come home from a long afternoon of running errands, cheeks cold from the nipping wind and recovering from the slight breathlessness of snowbank climbing and slush maneuvering, I have an insurmountable hunger that comes a-knocking. Perhaps you know him- his name is Winter Hunger.

We’ve all been there: it’s the mid-afternoon slump and the we-aren’t-getting-quite-enough-sunshine grumbles, so we lean over for a snack. Or two.

The cold weather always whets my appetite, whether its to stave off the chills or simply provide comfort. We all crave that steaming dish of boeuf bourguignon or the bowl of creamy pasta; but believe it or not, eating more fruits and vegetables in the winter can make a world of a difference in your mood.

This Mediterranean Meatball Stew offers all the comforting morsels we love in our cold-weather dishes like flavourful broth and tender meatballs; but it’s also jam-packed with all those healthy bits we need like fresh herbs, leafy greens and nutrient-dense vegetables. Not only is it tasty, it’s healthy too! This dish reminds me of the sunnier weather soon to come, and may just raise your spirits as well as your satiation.

The creamer potatoes from the Little Potato Company are not only my favourite potatoes, they’re actually really healthy and make fabulous additions to stews. I’ve got a giveaway for you so you can try them for yourself!

How to enter the giveaway for a month’s supply of Creamer Potatoes from The Little Potato Company:

  1. Leave a comment below sharing your favourite healthy winter dish
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Open to all Canadian residents. Winner will be selected at random and contacted via email or in the comments section. Contest closes March 2nd 2017 12:00pm EST. Happy cooking! πŸ™‚

Congratulations to our contest winner, Jo! Enjoy your month’s supply of potatoes Jo πŸ™‚

Mediterranean Meatball Stew
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Ingredients

    meatballs
  • ΒΌ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup panko or other bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 lb uncooked Italian sausages, casings removed
  • stew
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • ΒΌ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup of baby boomer varietal potatoes from The Little Potato Company
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • Β½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tbsp black olives, pitted
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

    For the meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together the milk and panko, and let sit for about 2-3 minutes. Whisk in the egg with a fork and then add the sausage. Using your hands is the quickest way to mix everything together!
  2. Form each meatball, about 2 tbsp in size, and place them on a lined baking sheet. Bake them for about 20 minutes or until cooked trough, flipping over gently halfway through. Keep warm while you assemble the rest of the stew.
  3. For the stew
  4. Add the oil to a large pot over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add the onions and sautΓ© for about 3 minutes or until translucent, then add the garlic and thyme. Stir frequently until aromatic then add the white wine and broth, following by the potatoes, chickpeas and canned tomatoes. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes have softened.
  5. Add in the sun-dried tomatoes, olives and baby spinach. Cover and allow it to simmer again for about two minutes or until the spinach has wilted.
  6. To serve, ladle the stew into bowls and top with 3-4 meatballs per person. Garnish with fresh basil just before serving.
6.8
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  • Sherry moffitt

    My favourite is homemade beef stew.

  • I love lasagna as a healthy option. It has a bad reputation but it can be very satisfying and healthy too. I make mine with ricotta and spinach and tomato sauce

  • Jo and Sue

    Hmmm…. my favorite winter dish would have to be cabbage rolls!! πŸ™‚

  • ShannonD

    I love roast chicken! It’s so versatile and the leftovers are great for salads toppings and sandwiches

  • urbnspice

    I love a slow cooked shoulder pork roast with roasted potatoes

  • Yvonne Callaway

    Portuguese Caldo Verde, a rich soup with kale, chorizo, chickpeas , potatoes – many similar ingredients to your stew, but with different flavourings such as chilies and vinegar.

  • Angie

    I turn to soups and stews. Obviously potatoes are always included πŸ™‚

  • Aimee Mars

    I am loving stew right now and have been craving meatballs so this meets all my current food requirements of the moment. I can’t wait to try it.

  • I love split pea soup in the winter.

    • Thanks Brenda! I’ve always found that to be a great staple during winter months too πŸ™‚

  • Oh gosh, I can’t name one favourite dish! I love soups and hearty stews in the colder months and usually just use what is available in the farmer’s market.

    • I’m with you, it’s always so hard to choose! πŸ™‚ And a big thumbs up for going with what’s “in season” during winter (or whatever stores well during winter!)

  • THIS GIRL lovessssss herself some meat balls!

  • Kim Copithorne

    Just a really nice roast beef with mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and Yorkshire Puddings has got to be my absolute favorite for winter meals.

  • I love oxtail soup with potatoes in it for winter. We make it Chinese style with tonic herbs: http://yangsnourishingkitchen.com/2017/02/22/chinese-herbal-healing-oxtail-soup/

  • kortneykh

    It’s so true that more veggies make the greyest of winter days brighter! My fav winter dish is soup, probably potato soup garnished with chorizo and croutons.

  • Nathalie Seguin

    This sounds really delicious and full of Β«sunΒ» for these long drabby winter days! I love big pots of fragrant stews on the stove at this time of year.

  • Looking great! Perfect for to warm up on a cold day like today! Comfort food at its best!

  • Ayngelina

    So many good healthy winter dishes but I always love a stew with lots of great vegetables.

  • A nice hearty soup… that being said, your stew looks amazing! Thanks for sharingβ™₯

  • Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli

    Any -vegetarian- soups that Loreto makes, they’re all soooo good! This dish is comfort in a bowl. I would make it vegetarian just for me, and let Loreto enjoy those wonderful meatballs!

  • Oooh sounds delicious!