This one is definitely a "throw it all in a pot" sort of recipe, most of the effort is in the prep. I don't like the term "dump dinners" because it seems a little strange. Hopefully for obvious reasons. Hopefully I'm not alone. But in the context of easy recipes, I suppose that's what this one is. 

The recipe is inspired by a dish my mom made a lot growing up, it consisted mainly of ground beef and diced potatoes, in a sort of tomato stew. This is my plant-based take on that. Anyway, enjoy!


- 1 medium russet potato 
- 1 medium sweet potato 
- 2 large carrots
- 1 zucchini 
- 2 medium (or 3 small) Roma tomatoes 
- 1 clove of garlic 
- 1/4 cup of onion 
- 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro 
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lime for serving 

- A pinch of cayenne  
- Rice to serve 


1. Start off by congratulating yourself for cooking dinner, and mentally prepare yourself for washing   some veggies. 

2. Now you can peel and cut your potatoes into even, bite-sized cubes and transfer into a large pot.

3. Slice your carrots and zucchini and add to the pot as well. 

4. Add just enough water to the pot for the veggies to steam on medium heat for a few minutes while you do the next step. 

5. Add tomatoes, garlic, onion, salt and pepper (and cayenne if using) to a blender and after the veggies have softened a teensy bit, add the resulting tomato sauce into the pot with them and stir.

6. Make sure to leave the pot uncovered until the tomato sauce has reached a boil and settled down. 

7. Once the foam has subsided from the sauce, (this takes about 10 minutes) lower the heat, stir, and partially cover the pot. 

8. This is the walk away part. So go check some e-mails or paint your toe nails (but make sure the sauce doesn't boil over and make a mess, the low heat setting is crucial).

9. After about 20 minutes your stew should be thickening up. Stir, cover completely and leave for another 5-10 minutes.

10. Once your stew is thick and reduced enough to serve on a plate, make your life easier and serve it in a bowl. Top with lime and cilantro. 

Note: I generally don't make a side dish for this and polish the whole portion on my own. If you're serving this with rice however, these amounts will be enough for two people. Even solo, this portion is enough to fill two regular sized soup bowls. 

So there ya' go. Dinner solved.

- a.