Turn Stew – aka Kitchen Sink Soup, Surprise Casserole, or Leftovers

Katryna Jolene

Katryna Jolene

Katryna Jolene is a mother of 4 beautiful, intelligent and playful children and she holds down 3 separate paying jobs. She is living proof that having a family to support doesn't have to come at the cost of healthy living and eating!
Katryna Jolene

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I don’t know if it’s just me, or if anyone else does this… but sometimes, a week after I grocery shop, I have a panic attack!

“Crap! I’ve been working all week and haven’t really cooked and now the produce is going to go bad! This is the worst thing ever!”

And I frantically bounce around the kitchen trying to figure out what I’m going to do about this devastating situation.

This happened to me this morning, and truthfully, at least once a month.

Now, I could be like a normal person and use Google or YouTube to find a delicious recipe, but no, there is no logical thinking when I’m in anxiety mode. And of course, the kids pick up on this and they start up.

“Mom I’m hungry! Mom there’s nothing to eat!  Mom when is lunch and what are we having for dinner?! Waah Waah screech drool!”

Oh for goodness sakes! What am I going to do?

I know!

‘Turn Stew’!!

You might call it kitchen sink soup, or surprise casserole, or left overs.
I call it Turn Stew… I use whatever I have that needs to be used today, because tomorrow it will turn bad.

Now, this delightful dish never, ever turns out beautiful, but somehow it is always delicious…well, it is to me and half my kids anyway.

I had one can of coconut milk left so I used that as my base of sorts. I love coconut milk!
Then the veggies.

  • Step one: Turn myself and most of my kitchen pink, because… beets!

Turn Stew Beets

  • Step two: Boil beets in coconut milk…So pretty!
  • Step three: chop and rinse the rest of the veggies. (And try not to cut myself as I have kittens and a baby who are constantly pulling at my pants and trying to knock me over.)
  • Step four: add veggies roughly according to cooking time.
  • Step five: Simmer, wait and enjoy the aroma!
  • Step six: Serve over rice or noodles, or toast, or by itself. Whatever suits your fancy.

To the beets and coconut milk I threw in:

Turn Stew Veggies

  • Green, red and yellow bell peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • And a teaspoon of garlic

It was amazing!

Today’s Turn Stew was a gorgeous pink color that pictures couldn’t capture just right.

Turn Stew - Mixed Reviews from Family Members

My daughter asked why her soup was pink. “It’s weird that my food is pink mom. What did you do to it?”

Land of Unicorns Hair Makeover_Katryna JoleneTo which of course I replied:

“I took a trip to the Land of Unicorns and bought lots of beautiful vegetables to make this special dinner for us. When you eat this magical stew you will have beautiful dreams about beautiful unicorns and beautiful fairies. And that’s also why my hair turned pink and purple, when you go to the Land of Unicorns, sometimes they give you a fun makeover.”

My smarty pants 9 year old girl says, “that’s a nice story, but I’m sure it’s the beets.”

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Katryna Jolene
Katryna Jolene is a mother of 4 beautiful, intelligent and playful children and she holds down 3 separate paying jobs. She is living proof that having a family to support doesn't have to come at the cost of healthy living and eating!

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