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Vegan Mushroom Stew with Coconut

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This vegan mushroom stew is best described as a mushroom stew meets a lentil coconut curry recipe. It can be served with flatbreads or brown rice!

At just 464 calories per serving, which includes 20g protein, 14g fiber and only 13g fat, you’ve got yourself a healthy and filling meal, perfect to incorporate into a weight loss meal plan!

How to make mushroom stew

This lentil mushroom stew recipe takes only 37 minutes to make, so it would be great as a weeknight dinner.

What’s more it only uses 1 pan, which saves on washing up!

You prepare this dish with coconut milk, which is what makes it so creamy. The coconut milk stew sauce is flavoured with curry powder, paprika, cumin, ginger and garlic.

The result is a fragrant, creamy, thick lentil mushroom soup/stew, with a sweet, nutty coconut base, coating the delicious fried mushrooms and lentils.

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Light, healthy, and weight loss friendly!

We consider this to be a very healthy mushroom coconut stew, which is also good for weight loss!

We used low fat coconut milk to keep the amount of fat per serving relatively low, but not non-existent (some fat is necessary for a healthy body, we just aim for less saturated fat!).

That choice also means the calorie count is lower than if we had used full fat coconut milk, which is good for anyone trying to lose weight. If calories and/or fat intake is not a consideration, then feel free to make it with regular coconut milk for an extra boost!

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The lentils add a kick of plant based protein to this vegan mushroom stew. Protein can be hard to come by in a vegan diet if you don’t know where to look. Introducing plenty of legumes into your diet is a sure fire way to make sure you’re getting all the protein your body needs.

When a vegan lentil stew is served with brown rice, then the combo of rice and lentils provides a source of complete protein – containing all the essential amino acids, something most people only associate with animal products!

However, we did find that with this specific dish, the rice tended to suck the flavour and moisture of the stew up. So, for flavour, we recommend flatbread, but if you’re really in need of protein then that’s a fun food hack for you!

If you’re not vibing with mushrooms, you should try out our coconut lentil curry soup – all the coconut and lentil goodness, without the mushrooms.

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Vegan Mushroom Stew with Coconut
5 from 8 votes
After something light and tasty for dinner? Try our high protein coconut mushroom stew – did we mention it’s vegan too?
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, vegan
Prep Time:7 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:37 minutes
Servings:2
Calories:464kcal
Author: Abril Macías

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Slice mushrooms, onion, ginger and garlic.
    10.5 oz mushrooms, ½ onion, 1 tsp ginger, fresh, 2 cloves garlic
  • In a medium-large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms, onion and a big pinch of salt. Cook, mixing often, for about 5 minutes, until the mushrooms and onions have reduced, are jammy and very golden brown.
    2 tsp olive oil, Salt to taste
  • Turn the heat over to low and add grated ginger, chopped garlic, curry powder, turmeric, cumin and paprika. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the ingredients bloom (you can smell their aroma).
    1 tsp curry powder, ½ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp cumin, ground, ½ tsp paprika powder
  • Then add the dry lentils and water, and cook for about 18 minutes, until the lentils are cooked. If the lentils aren't cooked through and your liquid has evaporated, keep adding water until they are soft.
    ⅓ cup red lentils, dried, 1 ½ cups water
  • Add low fat coconut milk and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Then add the cornstarch dissolved in a little water and cook until the stew is thick. Add a good dash of salt and mix. Turn off the stove and stir in the spinach. Add a squeeze of lemon.
    1 cup low fat coconut milk, 1 tsp cornstarch, 4 oz baby spinach, Salt to taste, 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Serve coconut curried mushroom stew with flatbread or brown rice.
    2 flatbreads/pitas
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NOTES

Make-ahead? Yes, prep the night before. It can be reheated.
Freezable? Yes, absolutely.
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Mushroom Stew with Coconut
Amount per Serving
Calories
464
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Sodium
 
450
mg
20
%
Potassium
 
1248
mg
36
%
Carbohydrates
 
68
g
23
%
Fiber
 
14
g
58
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
Vitamin A
 
5592
IU
112
%
Vitamin C
 
24
mg
29
%
Calcium
 
154
mg
15
%
Iron
 
6
mg
33
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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8 comments
  1. 5 stars
    I made a few adjustments to the recipe simply because I don’t do low-fat anything, and I like a bit of alternatives–and I eat only two meals a day so I can afford the extra calories. I used wild oyster mushrooms that I had gathered and substituted full fat coconut milk instead of low-fat, and a blend of bitter and spicy greens instead of just spinach. Since I had a bit of white rice that I wanted to get rid of, I used that instead of the brown rice I prefer. It turned out wonderfully! Thank you for such a tasty dish.

    1. Sounds great!! Really glad you enjoyed it, Joy. I’m sure some other readers will appreciate the substitutes as well 🙂

  2. When you add the lentils and water do you keep the heat on low still? Or turn it up to simmer?

    1. Hi MJ, yes please make sure it’s simmering 🙂

  3. What type of mushrooms are best.? I’m assuming the calorie count excludes the pita bread, correct? Thank you for this! I’m really trying to meal prep so I can be sure to get the protein I need. And also actually look forward to eating what I prepped, and not have to make it complicated. Thanks again!

    1. I like to use cremini mushrooms! But the white ‘version’ works nicely too. The pita bread is included into the nutrition card!

  4. 5 stars
    My husband & I did make this delicious healthy stew today 3-12-2022!! Thanks Detroit, MI!!

    1. Glad you and your hubby liked the mushroom stew