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Seitan, Kale & Butternut Squash Stew

Seitan Kale and Butternut Squash Stew

Are you suffering from post-holiday food hangover? This Christmas, I didn’t eat as much junk food as I usually do, but I’m still feeling fairly sickened at the mere thought of anything chocolatey or cheesy.

I just can’t with rich foods right now. Just! Can’t! All I want are vegetables and greens and grains.

And this stew? Has plenty of these things. It’s the perfect antidote to post-holiday food hangover.

Seitan, Kale & Butternut Squash Stew

This was inspired by a recipe in Whole Living, which I planned on making without any substitutions aside from omitting the chicken. But as I went through the grocery store, slowly I started making more adjustments in my head.

Butternut squash is lower in calories than sweet potatoes–into the cart it went! I like kale more than collard greens–that went into the cart too.

Instead of leaving the chicken out, what about replacing it with seitan? That sounded like a good idea, so I grabbed a package of that.

And because I didn’t have brown rice in the pantry, I decided that rather than buying more, I’d use bulgur.

The result is a stew that is both super healthy and, shock-of-shocks(!) substantive too. This is the kind of meal that keeps you full for a few hours. Not an icky full, mind you.

A good, satisfied kind of full. Which is the kind of full you need when you’re trying to detox from Christmas.

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Seitan, Kale & Butternut Squash Stew

A hearty vegan stew with seitan, kale, butternut squash and bulgur. Adapted from Chicken, Collard Greens & Sweet Potato Stew (Whole Living).
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 oz. seitan torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 lbs. butternut squash peeled and diced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small bunch kale stems removed and chopped
  • 1 c. bulgur wheat
  • salt + pepper to taste


  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven. Add seitan and cook until browned. Set aside.
  • Add onion and celery to pot; cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar and deglaze.
  • Add butternut squash and broth to pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in kale and bulgur wheat; cook until kale is wilted. Add seitan, salt and pepper.
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  • Reply
    Canadian Mom Blogger
    December 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    That sounds good!

  • Reply
    Virginia from That Bald Chick
    December 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I love recipes with Kale in them.

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      December 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

      Me too–it’s definitely my favorite green. It’s not bitter & it doesn’t get slimy when you cook it!

  • Reply
    December 28, 2011 at 11:13 am

    mmm I love kale!

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    December 29, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Yum this looks so colorful and hearty! Our bodies definitely let us know what we need so if you’re craving healthy foods – go with it. I think far too often we succumb to temptation and our body isn’t asking for (or needing) those things.

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      The Type A Housewife
      December 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      I always seem to crave fruits and vegetables after holidays and other times when I eat a lot of junk. And I weighed myself this morning & haven’t gained any weight since last week, so I guess it was good to go with this urge to eat healthy. 🙂

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    December 29, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I think I need an entire bath full of kale right now!! We were so unhealthy over the holidays and are now onto a 30 day Paleo challenge. Its been a few days without cheese and I’m getting the shakes! Glad you are feeling better after the highlighting fiasco!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      December 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Yeah, I don’t think I could do that paleo thing. I try to stick to 90% clean cooking & 10% not-so-clean. Because without brownies… well, I don’t even want to think of being without brownies. So I need my bad 10%.

      Good luck with the challenge!

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