Husband’s Healing Stew



Thank you for your comments in yesterday’s post! It really cheered me up when I read them this morning after another rough night of little sleep.

Lately, my eats have looked like this…

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Blah. Those two pictures look about as exciting as I feel right now.

I think Eric got sick of watching me eat oatmeal, Coconut Bliss, and chia seed pudding all weekend, so he took matters into his own hands and made a kick-butt stew for dinner.

He grabbed every veggie he could find and he announced that a HEALING stew would be made for our unconventional Easter dinner.


With a little guidance from a recipe on Whole Foods, healing magic happened.



Husband’s Healing Stew

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Adapted from Whole Foods.

Yield: Over 10 cups


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 small sweet onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground corriander
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper + 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups organic vegetable broth (not low sodium), or more as needed
  • 1, 28-oz can diced organic tomatoes (no added salt)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked raw buckwheat groats, rinsed (or grain of choice)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked pearled barley, rinsed (or grain of choice)
  • 1/2 cup frozen Edamame (or bean of choice)
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 5-10 shakes red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt + Black pepper, to taste



1. In a large pot over low heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and the chopped sweet onion, green onion, and minced garlic. Heat over low until translucent, about 5-8 minutes.

2. Stir in coriander, cinnamon, and two bay leaves and heat an additional minute or two. Now, add in the chopped vegetables (zucchini, peppers, carrots) and cook for about 5 more minutes. Add a bit more oil if necessary.

3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, rinsed buckwheat and pearled barley (or grains of choice). Simmer on low-medium heat (dial 3-4) for 20 minutes, checking often to make sure it doesn’t burn or thin out too much. Add a bit more broth or water if necessary and reduce heat when needed.

4. After 20 minutes, add in the lemon juice and additional seasonings- all to taste (minced parsley, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper).  Cook for another few minutes, remove bay leaves, and serve with fresh bread. Makes over 10 cups. Freeze leftovers or store in the fridge.

Helpful hints:

  • You can have success using a wide range of vegetables, seasonings, and grains of your choice.
  • Always adjust the seasonings to taste and add them gradually. My taste buds are quite muted right now, so we made it spicy. :)



Every good healing stew begins with garlic!


We used pearled barley and raw buckwheat, but you could use any kind of grains you want.

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Oh and some frozen Edamame was thrown in at the last minute for extra protein.



Like most soups, there is a lot of chopping to do, but other than that, it is fool-proof.


After simmering for 20 minutes the grains cooked up and the stew got nice and thick.


Eric asked me to add more seasonings, and I think I went a bit crazy with the red pepper flakes! He said it was quite spicy, but I didn’t really taste it. ;) Oops.


Served with fresh bread and Earth was the perfect, healing meal.



Even though I can’t taste or smell that well right now, I know this was a good stew! There was a lot of love in it.

The best part about this stew was that my sinuses were clear after eating it. ;)


For dessert, we had a piece of Carrot Cake Loaf with Lemon Glaze– which defrosted wonderfully by the way- and was SUPER fresh! We are in love with it. I will be making this loaf again and again.


There are a lot of healing leftovers for me this week! Take that flu. I’ll squash you like an ant.


Before you go, I have a little assignment for you…

Quite a few of you expressed interest that you would love a follow-up after my Lessons in Self-Love post. Intuitive and mindful eating seemed to be a topic that you wanted to explore more.

I thought it would be cool to see if you have any questions pertaining to the following areas:

  • Intuitive & mindful eating
  • Binge eating
  • Calorie counting
  • Weight maintenance
  • Happy weight
  • Disordered eating
  • Body image/Self-confidence
  • Hunger signals


I will be happy to provide my own experiences if you have anything on your mind that you would like explored more. Just leave your question (or questions) below and I will pick some of them to answer in a follow-up post, Q & A format.

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{ 195 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley April 25, 2011

Such a pretty stew!!! Such a sweet husband!! Feel better soon please!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 25, 2011

Way to go Eric!! What a delicious looking meal. I would love to see some posts on intuitive eating Ange, as it’s something I’m constantly trying to improve on. Can’t wait to learn from a pro! :)


Amy H April 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

I’m currently in therapy/recovering from anorexia (again). My current struggles are with binge eating. If I don’t find I have full control over calorie counting (ie I try to take a day of measuring/counting everything) I go into a “binge”. I know it’s because my body has been so deprived. Anyways, any tips, advice on how to control binges and not count calories all the time?




Hannah April 25, 2011

I second this question/concern!! As I am in recovery too, an obstacle I’m facing is bingeing/eating beyond fullness. I think it is a matter of trusting oneself around food, too. Ange, how did you start eating mindfully, and were you afraid that once you started you would gain “too much”weight? I don’t really need to gain weight now, but I’m afraid that if I let go of the restrict/binge mindset and eat intuitively, I’ll gain more weight than I’m comfortable with. This is similar to my comment on your post a few days ago :D

Feel better!!!



Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) April 25, 2011

My question would be: How do you learn to start loving yourself, just as you are?

What a yummy looking dinner! Way to go Eric! I hope you get over your cold sooner rather then later… lots of garlic & spicy food will help!


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 25, 2011

I second that question. I’m interested in more talk about self-confidence/body image. Can’t wait!! Thank you :)


Dani April 25, 2011


I would love to see some information regarding how long it took for your binges to take a backboard to intuitive eating, what methods did you use to overcome the binges, do you believe whats your opinion on things like OA (overeater’s annoymous) ? Did you ever see a nutritionist? Do you follow more of the intuitive eating approach on when to eat (Hunger) or another approach like (3 meals, 1 snack)?

Thanks so much!


Lauren April 25, 2011

Looks so delicious! What a wonderful husband!


Angel7 April 25, 2011

How sweet of your husband to make such a yummy stew for you! It looked delicious! I love stews!

I would like to hear more about weight management.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011

Do you have any specific questions about it? That will help me.


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 25, 2011

Aw, feel better soon! You will, no doubt, after such a healthy meal :) Soup and a sweet husband will definitely help things along!


Moni'sMeals April 25, 2011

Husband to the rescue! Yes, that meal should work wonders, I always make a stew of “everything but the kitchen sink” when I need to feel better. I hope it has worked. :)
I look forward to the follow up on your Self Love posts with your readers questions. :)


Amy April 25, 2011

I have a question!! What strategies did/do you use to combat binge eating? I do it sometimes and feel incredibly guilty afterward. It’s a vicious cycle that I’d like to put in my past- it’s so time consuming!


Ellen @ Cinnamonalicious April 25, 2011

What a sweet hubby you have!
I’d love to hear more on intuitive eating, weight maintenance and disordered eating, as these are definitely things I have and still do struggle with… just want to let you know you’re a huge inspiration! <3


Shanna, Like Banana April 25, 2011

Awww, so sweet of the hubby to make such a delicious and fabulous looking stew! I’m a firm believer in cranking up the spice to clear up the airways!


Tara @ trulysimplebits April 25, 2011

That soup looks yummy! I am going to keep it in mind when making supper tonight.

I love all your lessons in love posts. Anything you write about is always interesting to me, looking forward to all the new topics :)

Feel better!


Meredith April 25, 2011

Great post! So nice of Eric to make you that awesome stew :).

My question would be how do you eat healthfully and mindfully without becoming obsessed with calorie counting? Thanks! I look forward to the follow up post!


Lindsay April 25, 2011

I would love to hear your thoughts/experience with happy weight and gaining self worth and confidence. I’ve been at my goal weight for over a year, and I still struggle with feeling comfortable in my new body. I still feel like the old chubby me. How can I move on from this?
Hope you start feeling better soon!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 25, 2011

Mmm, that healing stew sure does sound like it could cure anything!! You have a nice husband there to take care of you like that :D

Hope you feel better soon!! Sounds like this thing has been dragging on.


Hilary April 25, 2011

Angela I hope you are feeling better! That stew looks delicious.

My question is: How do you stop yourself from eating when you are not hungry? (bored, cravings etc.)? I have heard distracting yourself is a good technique, but I can’t always manage to take my mind off the food I am craving.


Ana Maria April 25, 2011

I second this one!


Katrina April 25, 2011

I would love to see some posts on Happy Weight, Weight Maintance, Body Image, and Calorie Counting!


Cam April 25, 2011

That looks tasty!
My question would be regarding how you manage to stay positive when an injury or illness prevents you from training and being active. I’ve been injured and unable to run for about a month now and I cannot train or playing my usual sports, and I’m down right depressed about it.


Lindsey April 25, 2011

Awwwww…. I wish my hubby would make me soup when i get sick…or whenever for that matter. It looks really yummy. And the Carrot cake loaf looks DIVINE!!! I love carrot cake so i shall have to make it.

I love all of your lessons in self love.. but since you ask, i would like to read what you have to say about binge eating….


FoodFeud April 25, 2011

That’s sweet of him and it looks like a great soup. Hope you’re feeling better soon.


Kelsey April 25, 2011

I’ve recently realized I have a problem with calorie restriction combined with too much exercise. After getting sick in Februaury, I’m learning how to eat more balanced again and not feel a slave to the gym – which is a good thing – but as far as eating goes, everything is still measured, planned out, and counted to help me meet my daily calorie goal.
My question is, will there come a day when I don’t “have to” measure everything to make me feel better about eating what I’m supposed to eat?

And then on a side note – when I go out to a restaurant or to a family function, how do I prevent over indulging so I don’t beat myself at the gym the next day? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day April 25, 2011

I feel comforted just looking at that stew. Major husband points.

I was wondering if you had any trigger foods in relation to binge eating (foods that started the binge). I know that for myself, I simply cannot have anything super salty around or I’ll get a bit crazy with it (pretzels, chips, tortilla chips, etc.). When I bake, I immediately have to pack some of it up and put it in the freezer or take it to work.


MK April 25, 2011

Oh man, that looks way too good. My stomach is growling. You are one lucky girl.

Thanks for the comment on my website, by the way. First comment! WOO.

I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning and I haven’t gotten that far but I am enjoying it. It’s like a book. :D

As I mentioned in my blog, I want to train for the half marathon….I don’t even know WHERE to begin. If you have any tips and training programs…that’d be awesome.


Christina April 25, 2011

I love soups! I think it’s something that reheats well and is super easy to make. It’s also very budget conscious ;)

Hope it’s knocking that flu right outa town!

I think when I reached my “happy weight” I self sabotage. I start to say “oh I can have some extra snacks, I deserve it” then at the sign of weight gain I go into the whole “you’re terrible for eating that, might as well just have more then” mind frame. I’d be interested to hear how people deal with that. :)


Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh April 25, 2011

oh my gosh! You have the cutest husband in the world!! I love that he did that for you! I love my hubby, but I don’t think he could cook/follow a recipe for the life of him :)
Looks delcious!!


Charlie April 25, 2011

This stew looks so good! I was just thinking of making chili or stew next weekend with some homemade bread. I think I just found what I’m going to make!


Susan April 25, 2011

Is that bread one of your recipes? It looks wonderful!

Also, have you tried Oscillococcinum for the flu? I tried it when feeling the beginning stages of a flu coming on, and it knocked it out of me! Homeopathic, too!

Hope you feel better soon!


Susan April 25, 2011

I do have another question:

Are you going to do another challenge this spring/summer? Maybe once your feeling better. Here in Florida, we’re already into bikini season! But I still have 8 lbs. to lose, fast!! Looking for a challenge to help! Thanks, -Susan


Meredith April 25, 2011

Hi Angela- I made the carrot cake loaf this weekend and it was fantastic! I made a couple tweeks by using 1/3 c. smart balance instead of oil and added 1/2 c applesauce. I also reduced the maple syrup to 1/4 c. and added a TBSP or so of molasses. I also used 1/2 tsp of allspice and only 1.5 tsp of the cinnamon. One last trick, I used a skewer to poke holes in the top of the loaf before drizziling the glaze, which allowed it to be soaked up and absorbed into the whole loaf, making it extra moist and delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be making it again and again.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011

mm great idea!


Erinn April 25, 2011

Hello, well first off I am a big fan of your blog, I have made several of your recipes and they have all worked fantastically!
I have a question for you!
How have you over come negative self-talk, in both regards to self image as well as other aspects of life.


Julie (A Case of the Runs) April 25, 2011

Get well soon! That stew photographed amazingly! Go husband!

If you’re taking questions, I have one: do you ever crave convenience foods, especially if you are out and about/busy? I’d say cutting way down on these is one of the biggest changes for me over the past few years.


Gillian April 25, 2011

What a gorgeous stew — I’m loving all the colors! Feel better!


Becca April 25, 2011

Here are my specific self-love questions:

1) How did you find peace with your “trigger foods”?
2) How do you make up for a “bad day” (overeating-wise) without restricting food intake or overexercising?
3) How did you learn to not count calories even though you already knew the calorie content of most foods?

Thanks OSG! P.S. Is the bread homemade?


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011

Yes it was homemade, but we werent happy with the outcome so I didnt share the recipe!


Marit April 26, 2011

I can send you a recipe for a no-knead rye and wholegrain bread with grated carrots if you want… success every time and 100% vegan…
let me know..


Anna May 1, 2011

Can I get that recipe too???


Marit May 3, 2011

Sure e-mail me… I’ll send it to you.


Marit May 3, 2011

DUH… might help to add my e-mail addy…


Nora April 25, 2011

Hello! I’ve been following your site for a while now but I’ve never commented. But I saw this post calling for questions and thought I’d take the opportunity to ask away. I always look forward to your posts on self-love and having a positive attitude.

How did you initially begin to deal with your issues of binge eating? Did you have to cut out certain foods from your diet for some time? If you ever slipped up, were you able to stay positive? And if so, how?

Thanks :) And I hope you feel better soon!


Lauren April 25, 2011

Aw, what a wonderful healing recipe and thoughtful husband! Looks divine. I will definitely be trying this soon with all the rainy weather New England has been experiencing…get well soon!


Lisa Fine April 25, 2011

How did you friends and family react to your disordered eating, and when did they realize that you needed help?

Love that Eric cooked for you…I love when my honey cooks for me. :)


Liz April 25, 2011

I suffered from disordered eating for a long time and feel lucky that now I don’t base my entire self worth on how many calories I consume in a day. But the one thing I do still struggle with is hunger signals. I eat at roughly the same times each day – 3 medium size meals and 2 – 3 snacks. But I don’t really recognize feeling hungry until I am ravenous – there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground for me, which makes it hard to eat intuitively. Any advice??


Ashley April 25, 2011

I feel the same way! I never notice feeling hungry until I feel like I’m about to drop! It’s extremely frustrating, so I would also love some advice about it too!


Kellie April 25, 2011

I’m recovering from anorexia and one thing my nutritionist tells me is that at this stage intuitive eating is not really possible for me. I need to stick with a schedule (3 meals, 3 snacks) because I have a hard time feeling hunger and fullness still. She said eventually I will be able to IE but that is a long way off.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011

It took me almost a year to really recognize my hunger signals, so I can really relate to those questions. The best thing you can do is stick with it and be patient. :) I think a schedule may work well in those instances. generally I like to eat every 3-4 hours to keep my energy up.


Estela @ Weekly Bite April 25, 2011

That stew looks delicious! So pretty & colorful!

Feel better soon :)


Dawn April 25, 2011

Hey Angela,

I love your website and find so much nourishing and comforting information on it. What i’m wondering is two things regarding binge eating.
One, when you are away from your home either traveling or eating out, are you triggered to binge by certain foods, since it is often hard to find healthful nourishing vegan foods in the average restaurant. (for me especially, living in rural Alberta). I cook very clean meals at home and dont bring processed food in that will trigger me, but i really struggle with traveling, which i have to do a lot of for work.
My other question is if you have found help with behavioral therapy or through any other professional supporting you, or instead have strictly improved from the work done through your own self help?
Thank you again for such an inspiring and beautiful website!


Char April 25, 2011

This stew looks awesome – I just made a soup last week putting all the veggies in I could find, too! I think my biggest struggle is punishment. Any suggestions on how to not punish yourself for eating something that your mind thinks is “bad” – I think this also goes along with how to eat in moderation or understanding the consequences if you do decide to eat something that’s not healthy. Thanks Angela! Feel better!


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