THREE SISTERS STEW

1 c. dried lima beans (or kidney, pinto, black, or Swedish brown beans), soaked
3 c. water
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. fresh or 2 tsp. dry oregano
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil or ghee
1 med. onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 c. winter squash, cut in chunks
1 14-oz. can chopped tomatoes
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 c. fresh or frozen corn

Drain soaking water off beans. Place beans, water, and garlic in a pot; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until beans are tender (50-60 minutes) or pressure cook with 2 c. water (45 minutes). In a large pot, quickly dry toast oregano, cumin seeds, and cinnamon for about 30 seconds. Add oil, onion, salt, and minced garlic; sauté until onion is soft (5 minutes). Add squash, tomatoes, and chili powder and cook until squash is soft (about 20 minutes). Add a little water if mixture is dry. Add cooked beans and corn to squash mixture; simmer until corn is tender. Adjust seasoning to your taste.

(Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair)


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