Angry Red Planet
Angry Red Planet could also be called beet stew (not beef stew). This stew is simple, delicious, nutritious and very satisfying. Even those who don’t like beets enjoy this meal.
The name comes from the red color that this rich, hearty, vegetable stew turns as it simmers.
Remember an average portion as a main course is 2 cups per person. For us, it is a meal unto itself.
|Cooked brown rice||2/3 Cup|
|Beets||1/2 Cup, 1/4" slices|
|Potatoes||2/3 Cup, 1/4" slices|
|Carrots||1/3 Cup, 1/4" slices|
|Onions||1/3 Cup, 1/2" cubes|
|Spanish peanuts, unsalted||1/4 Cup|
|Sharp Cheddar Cheese||1/3 Cup, diced|
Brown rice can be prepared in advance, or start cooking it right away. It will take just as long to cook as preparing and cooking the rest of the meal.
Rice:water = 1:2
To yield 2 cups, boil 2 cups water. When the water comes to a boil, add 1 cup rice.
Turn the heat to low and simmer for 45-50 min.
Then start preparing the stew. Coat a frying pan, at medium heat, with safflower oil to cook the beets.
Beets are quartered then sliced in ¼” slices and cooked on medium to medium high heat for 5-10 minutes depending on how fresh they are. (5 minutes for fresh beets, 10 for stored beets.)
While they cook you can cut up the potatoes, carrots and onions.
Potatoes are quartered and ¼” sliced.
Carrots are ¼” sliced (halved, then sliced when large).
Onions are cut into ½” cubes.
Add the potatoes, carrots and onions and brown for another 6 minutes.
Then add water until the veggies are completely covered. It’s a lot of water as this is a stew. Bring to a boil, then simmer until all veggies are soft (25-35 min.) Add water as needed until the veggies are soft and there is still plenty of thick hot liquid. It is a lot like a volcano, bubbling and boiling.
While the veggies are simmering, roast the peanuts in a frying pan with a small amount of oil. When they are a rich, golden brown, turn off the heat and add a few good dashes of tamari (soy sauce) and cover the pan with a lid to prevent splashing. This will coat the peanuts and eventually "spice" the meal.
While the veggies and peanuts are cooking (peanuts just take minutes) cut the cheese in ¼” cubes.
When the vegetables are soft and the liquid in the stew begins to thicken, add in the peanuts and serve.
Serve in a bowl with the rice portion on the bottom topped with the deep red vegetable stew. Then top-off your bowl of Angry Red Planet with the diced sharp cheddar cheese. Yummmmm!