Hearty Vegetable Stew – Plant Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Think tender carrots, potatoes, and a medley of seasoned vegetables, lovingly simmering in a potful of flavorful broth with aromatic herbs. And the true beauty of it? You can prepare it in advance, tuck it into the freezer, and have a homemade meal whenever you please.

Fellow super parents and plant-based food-loving friends, you’re in for a treat! Introducing our Hearty Vegetable Stew, which is not only plant-based and Whole 30, it’s also a make-ahead freezer meal. In the midst of life’s crazy, this recipe is here to ensure you still enjoy a nourishing, homemade dinner without the hassle. Not only is this Hearty stew  a convenient, easy prep, but it also tastes so delicious, it is almost too good to be true.  

Think tender carrots, potatoes, and a medley of seasonal vegetables, lovingly simmering in a potful of flavorful broth with aromatic herbs. And the true beauty of it? You can prepare it in advance, tuck it into the freezer, and have a homemade meal whenever you please.

Let’s dive into this culinary adventure, and I’ll show you how a cozy bowl of Hearty Vegetable Stew doubles as your weeknight hero.

Why You’ll Love this Easy Hearty Vegetable Stew Recipe

  • No Hidden Ingredients: With you in the driver seat, you have full control over the ingredients which means ensuring no hidden additives or preservatives.
  • Family-Friendly: Who doesn’t love a good, hearty stew? Kids and adults alike will look forward to this simple-yet-satisfying dinner.
  • Nutrient-Packed: Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, our Hearty Vegetable Stew provides optimal nutrition without sacrificing flavor.
  • Easy Prep: With common pantry ingredients, this stew will make for a great empty the pantry meal
Hearty Vegetable Stew – Plant Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe
Think tender carrots, potatoes, and a medley of seasoned vegetables, lovingly simmering in a potful of flavorful broth with aromatic herbs. And the true beauty of it? You can prepare it in advance, tuck it into the freezer, and have a homemade meal whenever you please.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Equipment
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 1 Slow Cooker
Ingredients
  
  • 1 1/2 cup Frozen Green pepper diced
  • 1 Zucchini diced
  • 1 1/2 cup Frozen onion diced
  • 14.5 oz Diced tomatoes can
  • 4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 2 Whole carrots peeled/diced
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes peeled/diced
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried parsley
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
Day of Cooking:
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice juice of 1 lime
Instructions
 
Prep/Freezer Directions:
  • Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method. 
  • Add all ingredients, except the broth and lime juice, to the freezer bag. 
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for up to three months.
Slow Cooker | Cooking Directions
  • Dump the contents of the freezer bag, plus 4 cups vegetable broth, into a slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 7-9 hours.
  •  Stir in lime juice. Serve and enjoy!
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Equipment Needed to Make Quick Vegetable Stew

  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 1 Slow Cooker

Ingredients for your Hearty Vegetable Stew Plant Based Whole 30 Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cup Frozen Green pepper, diced
  • 1 Zucchini, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup Frozen onion, diced
  • 14.5 oz Diced tomatoes, can
  • 4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 2 Whole carrots, peeled/diced
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, peeled/diced
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried parsley
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • Day of Cooking:
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice, juice of 1 lime

How to make a Hearty Vegetable Stew Plant Based Whole 30 Recipe

Prep/Freezer Directions:

  1. Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method. 
  2. Add all ingredients, except the broth and lime juice, to the freezer bag. 
  3. Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for up to three months.

Slow Cooker | Cooking Directions

  1. Dump the contents of the freezer bag, plus 4 cups vegetable broth, into a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 7-9 hours.
  3.  Stir in lime juice. Serve and enjoy!

What to Pair with your Convenient Plant Based Vegetable Stew

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

Popular Substitutions and Additions:

Substitutions:

  • Tomatoes: For added flavor, swap the canned diced tomatoes for fire-roasted.
  • Potatoes: We absolutely love the flavor of sweet potatoes in this recipe, you can swap them for Yukon Gold, yellow, or red potatoes.

Additions:

  • More Vegetables: Stir in some peas or colored bell peppers for added nutrition and color.
  • Plant-Based Parmesan: What stew isn’t enhanced by some parm? Sprinkle homemade or store bought parmesan atop a boil of steaming stew, just be sure it is Whole 30-compliant.

How to Reheat and Store Hearty Vegetable Stew Plant Based Recipe

Best way to store Easy Whole 30 Plant Based Stew leftovers?

This recipe is best stored in the refrigerator. Make sure to allow the stew leftovers to cool before storing in an airtight container. Cooling the recipe before storing, reduces the amount of moisture in your containers, which ultimately changes the texture and flavor of the dish.

How long will Hearty Vegetable Stew Plant Based Whole 30 Recipe last in the fridge?

Generally, if stored properly and allowed to cool before storing, this leftover stew will remain fresh in the fridge for three to five days.

Can I freeze Make Ahead Vegetable Stew after cooking?

We recommend freezing before cooking and consuming leftovers in the recommended time frame. You’re able to freeze leftovers, but the second go will not be as delicious as the first nor will it have the same texture.

To prepare this as a raw freezer meal, simply label your gallon freezer bag according to your preferred labeling method, then add all ingredients, except day of cooking ingredients, into that labeled gallon bag. Then remove excess air, seal, and store for up to three months.

How to Reheat Delicious Hearty Vegetable Stew?

This is reheatable on the stovetop, in the oven, or in the microwave. We recommend using a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until your leftover stew is heated all the way through.

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