Healthy Stew Recipes

Find healthy, delicious stew recipes including beef, chicken and fish stew. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Hearty Chickpea & Spinach Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
This satisfying stew comes together in a snap. Mashed chickpeas add body to the broth, and tomato paste adds a savory note without piling on the sodium in this healthy recipe for weight loss.
Patsy Jamieson
By Patsy Jamieson

Slow-Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew

Rating: 4 stars 19
This load-and-go slow-cooker chicken recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve this Tuscan-inspired dish with crusty bread, a glass of Chianti and a salad.
By Adam Dolge

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Diet Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
With a focus on vegetables, fiber-rich legumes and healthy fats, this slow-cooker stew fits the bill for those following the Mediterranean diet. Swap out the chickpeas for white beans for a different twist, or try collards or spinach in place of the kale. A drizzle of olive oil to finish pulls together the flavors of this easy vegan crock-pot stew.
By Sarah Epperson

Three Sisters Stew

This Three Sisters Stew recipe is easy to make, nutritious and delicious. The Three Sisters are corn, beans and squash, which have been planted together for centuries by Native peoples and have spiritual significance for some. In New Mexico, it is often said that a healthy environment means a healthy culture, which leads to healthy people, and the way these vegetables grow in the garden exemplifies this notion of interconnectedness. The beans climb the cornstalks, the squash leaves shade the soil, limiting weed growth, and the beans fix nitrogen into the soil as well as help stabilize the cornstalks. This stew is perfect for a cold winter day, and wonderful as an encore the next day if you have any leftovers. This recipe is part of our spotlight, There's a Movement to Revitalize Indigenous Cuisines and Knowledge—Here's Why That Matters.
By Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

Leftover Turkey Stew

Rating: 5 stars 1
This hearty and healthy turkey stew recipe is just about the best use of Thanksgiving leftovers we can think of. And we don't just mean the turkey. The stew is packed with leftover roasted vegetables--use whatever vegetables you have on hand, such as Brussels sprouts, parsnips, sweet potatoes and green beans. And leftover gravy is used to add depth of flavor and body. Possibly the best part of this stew recipe? It comes together really quickly--because don't we all need a 20-minute dinner after the craziness of Thanksgiving? Add some leftover bread or rolls and dinner is done. This recipe is equally delicious with leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, and we've included instructions for making a quick gravy in case you don't have leftovers, so you can serve this Thanksgiving-in-a-pot year-round.
By Robin Bashinsky

Clean-Out-the-Fridge Vegetable Stew

Rating: 3.5 stars 2
Full of flavor and plenty of veggies, this easy vegetable soup is a great way to clear out some space in your produce drawer. The recipe is flexible enough that you can make ingredient changes based on what you have on hand. You could also very easily make this a vegan stew by swapping out the butter for oil. Be sure to defrost the frozen items and drain off any liquid that accumulates during defrosting so you don't water down the stew. Because this recipe makes a large amount of stew, consider freezing half for later.
By Adam Hickman

Cumin Chicken & Chickpea Stew

Rating: 4 stars 29
This quick, protein-rich chicken stew recipe draws flavor inspiration from shawarma with spices like cumin, paprika and pepper. Make a double batch and freeze it for a quick healthy dinner. Serve the stew with couscous and steamed broccoli.
Carolyn Malcoun
By Carolyn Malcoun

Slow-Cooker White Bean, Spinach & Sausage Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
Reach for this recipe on a chilly morning when you know you'll want a steaming bowl of slow-cooker sausage stew for supper. To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten-free sausage.
By Cooking Light

Curried Chickpea Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Who says a meatless meal isn't filling? Packed with fiber-rich vegetables and chickpeas, this fragrant stew satisfies.
Joyce Hendley, M.S.
By Joyce Hendley, M.S.

Low-Carb Beef Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Turnips lend an earthy flavor and a texture that is similar to potatoes--but with fewer carbs--to this rich and flavorful beef stew.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Shrimp & Fish Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
This hearty shrimp and fish stew is inspired by cioppino, an Italian-American dish that originated in San Francisco. Serve with crusty bread to soak up every last bit of the savory broth.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Chicken & Shrimp Gumbo

Rating: 5 stars 12
Chock-full of shrimp, chicken, sausage, okra and tomatoes, this flavorful stew is a staple in Louisiana. Make it a meal and serve with Real Cornbread (see associated recipe).
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Inspiration and Ideas

21 Cozy Stews That Are Perfect for Fall
As the air cools and foliage turns, we're making these deliciously hearty stews for a cozy dinner.
24 One-Pot Hearty Stews to Keep You Cozy All Fall
You need just one pot to make these hearty stew recipes. These stews are packed with hearty proteins and vegetables like chickpeas, potatoes and beans. You could easily make a big batch of these stews and freeze the leftovers to enjoy at a later date. Recipes like Irish Beef Stew and Curried Chickpea Stew are healthy, flavorful and comforting.
Lentil Stew with Salsa Verde
Rating: 4.5 stars 3

This healthy vegetarian recipe is hearty and satisfying. Don't skip the parsley relish (salsa verde)—it's easy to make and lends a tangy accent that balances the flavors of the lentil stew. We prefer French green lentils for this stew, as they don't fall apart while cooking; however, regular brown lentils (found in most supermarkets) will also work.