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 19
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. To simplify the prep, look for chopped fresh onion and shredded carrot or a soup starter mix in the produce section.
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By Patsy Jamieson

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Diet Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
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

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.

Slow-Cooker Jambalaya

Rating: 4 stars 2
This hearty jambalaya is bursting with chicken, smoked turkey sausage, and shrimp. It takes just 25 minutes to prep in the morning and then your slow cooker will work its magic and deliver a tasty meal at the end of the day.

Middle Eastern Chicken & Chickpea Stew

Rating: 4 stars 28
This quick, protein-rich chicken stew recipe gets great flavor from cumin, lemon juice and garlic. Make a double batch and freeze it for a quick healthy dinner. Serve the stew with couscous and steamed broccoli.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Pozole

Rating: 5 stars 2
This healthy vegetarian take on the Mexican stew pozole gets tons of flavor from poblano peppers, ancho chile powder and dried herbs and spices, while cannellini beans provide substance, protein and fiber. Chewy hominy--corn that has been treated with lime to remove the tough hull and germ--is integral to the stew. Look for it in cans in the Latin section of your supermarket. Serve the stew with shredded cabbage, radishes, fresh cilantro and sour cream.

Shrimp & Fish Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
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.

Vegan Lentil Stew

Rating: 5 stars 1
This comforting vegan lentil stew is incredibly satisfying thanks to hearty lentils and sweet potato. The leeks provide a savory allium note while the tomato paste, miso and cumin add bold flavor.
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By Ali Ramee

Slow-Cooker Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Stew

Rating: 5 stars 2
The chicken, sweet potato and chickpeas all contribute to the nice textured bite of this slow-cooker stew. And the tomato broth takes it to the next level. When eating, you'll want to have a toasted baguette at the ready to soak it all up.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

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).
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Fisherman's Stew with Roasted Garlic Crostini

Rating: 5 stars 2
This Fisherman's stew recipe is loaded with cod, shrimp, and mussels and will warm you right up on cold winter days. The crostini served alongside are made with homemade roasted garlic, and perfect for soaking up every last morsel of the stew.

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.
By EatingWell Member
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Inspiration and Ideas

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.
21 Cozy Stews That Are Perfect for Fall
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Slow-Cooker White Bean, Spinach & Sausage Stew
Rating: 4.5 stars 14

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.