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Food for thought, June 2022

Jun 6, 2022

(Home-grown) Fava Beans Stew


Yesterday was World Environment Day.

The 2022 World Environment Day campaign #OnlyOneEarth calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet.

That is what we are all about at the Global Tree Initiative: “Together we can create a conscious, wise, warm-hearted world of peace, where people respect and live in harmony with animals and the environment.”

That is what we are all about with Food for Thought, as well.

Food is power. The food we choose to eat has an impact on our world and its inhabitants, present and future.

Shifting to a more plant-based diet has a high potential for reducing carbon footprints and mitigating climate change, as well as improving human health,

Of course, we will not see the results overnight. That is why we must act now!

The recipe I am sharing today uses homegrown fava beans. I did not grow them myself, although that is my dream. I did  harvest and prepare them!

Another name for fava beans is broad beans. They have a slightly nutty flavour and creamy texture that is spectacular in so many dishes.

Mashed, grilled, or sauteed, fava beans are sensational. This recipe will prove it.

So, let’s get cooking!

Fava beans in Tomato Sauce


  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil (optional)
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • ½ cup of chopped green bell pepper
  • ¼ cup + ½ cup plant-based chorizo (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups fava beans
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (or water)
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Once your pan is hot, sauté the onion and bell pepper for a couple of minutes. Season with salt.
  • Add ¼ cup of chopped vegan chorizo. This is optional. I have included it for the taste it adds. Cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Add the fava beans and the tomato sauce.
  • Mix well.
  • Let the tomato sauce cook for a few minutes before adding the water.
  • Add the vegetable stock/water.
  • Add salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
  • Let it come to a boil.
  • Reduce it to a simmer.
  • Let it bubble away for around 20 minutes or until the fava beans are cooked.
  • Add the cilantro, the remaining ½ cup of chorizo, and lemon juice.
  • Give it a final taste test.
  • Remove it from the heat.
  • ENJOY!

This dish goes perfectly well with some rice or other grain. You can see from my picture that I have enjoyed it with some boiled kale, too.

I hope you love this recipe and that you are  inspired to continue investigating the value and ease of a plant-based diet.

If you have any tips and tricks regarding fava beans, please, share in the comment section. That way, we can learn from each other.

Thank you for sharing this time with me!

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