Or..National Novel Writing Month starts November 1st. The Challenge: Write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. As a writer, it is cathartic to let loose and write free of that inner critique that says, "No you can't have a goat with red hair and a zebra with pink stripes in this story!" In Nano...you can have all that and more! If you are a writer struggling with writer's block, or just someone who has always wondered if they can write a novel...this is a great challenge.
If you are signed up or planning on signing up please comment or send me a message. I love to chat with fellow Nano-ers and cheer everyone on!
Of course, writing contest aside, (and no you don't win anything tangible for completing Nano. Just the prize of saying you actually did it. Which is pretty awesome!) November and December are FILLED with busy-ness! Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Holiday Shopping, Holiday Parties, Holidays....
I rely on batch cooking to keep us fed through it all. Usually making a few big pots of stuff on Saturday or Sunday, I freeze some and have some left over for the week. Soups, stews, and stir-frys are good for batch cooking. And you can always add fresh veggies when reheating to liven the dish up.
I made a big batch of this Bean Stew with Pumpkin & Tempeh (I promise honey...no more pumpkin after this!) and even my non-vegan, Nano-ing, step-daughter loved it! She actually said, "Oh I like this tempeh!"
I served it over a simple couscous! This makes 6-8 servings, great for batch cooking or tailgate!
Bean Stew with Pumpkin & Tempeh
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 cups Black Beans, cooked
1 cup Kidney Beans, cooked
2 cups Chickpeas, cooked
1 tbsp Olive Oil
3 Onions, diced
5 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 cup Poblano Pepper, diced
1 cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
2 cups Pumpkin Puree
1 28oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
2 cups Frozen Corn
2 cups Vegetable Stock (a little more if needed)
8 Oz Tempeh, cut into 1/2" cubes
1. Combine first six ingredients (paprika through black pepper) in a small bowl and mix until combined.
2. Combine all the beans in a large bowl and mix in spice mixture and stir to coat everything.
3. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and add onion, cooking until translucent and fragrant, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add peppers and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring.
4. Add beans and stir so that everything is combined and incorporated well. Add pumpkin puree and tomatoes and mix together.
5. Add corn and stock, mixing well. Add tempeh. Bring to a boil then turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add stock as needed. I like mine on the chunkier side but you do you and add as much as you want.
Serve over couscous or rice.
Wine Suggestion: Riesling or Fume Blanc