Sunday, August 9, 2009

Vegetable Rundown

Vegetable Rundown is a Jamaican stew of coconut milk and vegetables, seasoned with thyme and allspice for that Jamaican flavor. The stew is simmered long enough for the broth to become thick and creamy. This turned out slightly sweet with a little subtle heat from the habanero. We chose the theme "Jamaican Me Hungry" for our turn to host Supper Club, and this dish made the menu. I'm still debating whether to make Jamaican Patties, BBQ Black Beans with Dark Rum, or Ital Stew for another main. Rum Punch, of course, will be the cocktail of the evening. Leave me a comment if you have a favorite Jamaican vegan recipe!

And now for something that has nothing to do with vegan food. I recently found a blog, the fbomb, after reading about it in Bust. While the target audience is teenage girls, I've enjoyed reading it for feminist-related news and topics. Today you'll find another installment of Support Women Artists Sunday. Check it out!

Before today's recipe, I leave you with this week's installment of HSMO cuteness, Bunny. She is adorable, sweet, and adoptable at the Macklind location.

Vegetable Rundown
Serves 4-6

1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
3 scallions, chopped and divided
3 large fresh thyme sprigs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 habanero chile, minced
1 14 ounce can coconut milk
14 ounces sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 large zucchini, chopped
1 1/4 cups water, divided
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups frozen corn
5 ounces baby spinach
jasmine rice

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and 2 scallions, thyme, garlic, allspice, and habanero. Saute for about 8 minutes. Add coconut milk and simmer gently about 3 minutes (reduce heat if necessary). Add sweet potato, carrots, zucchini, 1 cup water, and salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add corn and remaining water. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, for about 20 minutes. Add water if necessary. Remove cover and continue to cook down until the broth is thick. Add baby spinach and cook for a couple of minutes until wilted. Check for seasonings. Serve over jasmine rice and garnish with remaining fresh scallions.

Adapted from Epicurious


  1. Hey, I found the fbomb recently after reading about it on jezebel! So glad that feminist teens have an outlet today. I remember we had the bust forums when I was in high school (all of 5 years ago, hah), but that was it.

    I've never had Jamaican food, but wow, that picture! The Black Beans with Dark Rum sound amazing too. Can't wait to try them!

  2. yum, that sounds really good! I've never really had jamaican food, except for jerk tofu!

    "Jamaican Me Hungry" - hehehe I love a good pun.

  3. Perfect way to use some veggies from the fridge. And that little Bunny is too, too adorable. :)

  4. It is too hot in ATL for stew right now but this looks great. I will take any excuse to use coconut milk. Looks great!

  5. That sounds delicious! I love Jamaican food. The black beans with dark rum sound really, really good. You should also make that.

  6. #1. bunny = the cutest ever!
    #2. i love BUST and i'm totally gonna check out the fbomb. w00t!
    #3. oooooooh, your stew is the most colorful 'n tastiest look'n ever! we have some allspice although i can't say i've ever used it. i can't wait to use it in your recipe. coconut milk, veggies, and sweet potato! mmmmmmmmmmm! you're too awesome, Lisa! yay!

  7. ooooo bbq black beans sound awesome!!! do that!

    i need to pick me up some allspice now...never really knew what to do with that spice!

  8. Sweet potatoes and coconut milk are like heaven to me! This recipe sounds amazing. What a cool idea for a dinner party, too.

  9. hmmm..Jamaican food sound delicious and I saw your recipe it's another way on how we cook veggies. Two thumbs up to you. Try some other healthy veggies recipe from tanya's site. I know you will like it.

  10. omgosh i love your whole page set-up so clear and easy to read. just found you so i haven't read to much yet but im looking forward to it.

    michelle and duck

  11. and love the veggy dishes of course!

  12. Another amazing recipe...I wish I could hire you as my personal chef!! Sweet potatoes and coconut milk were made for one another, IMHO.

  13. It hardly looks rundown, does it? :)

  14. I am so sad that I used the last of my coconut milk last night! This sounds so good - I could just eat everything you make, it's always what I'm in the mood for.
    Off to check out fbomb. So glad things like this exist - growing up in a tiny, rural community in the 80s, feminist was what the farmers called lesbians. Sigh.

  15. I haven't had much, or really any, Jamaican food in my day. this still sounds/looks really fantastic.

  16. i don't think i've ever had jamacian food before. definitely going to try this.

    awesome website - thanks!

  17. A Jamaican dish named Vegetable Rundown has got to be fantastic. It looks wonderful.

  18. That Vegetable Rundown looks absolutely fantastic!

    And Bunny?

    Yea, she's pretty cute, too :)

  19. This looks delicious! All those amazing veggies, you know it's gotta be tasty. YUM!


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