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Recipes Worth Sharing: Ikarian Longevity Stew

Iowa's summer abundance is in full-force. My local Farmer's Market was packed with all the vegetables needed to make this stew that more than qualifies as both a comfort and health food. I've made a few adaptations from the original recipe published in "The Blue Zones Kitchen" by Dan Buettner. Check out your own independent book store for a copy.

Ikarian Longevity Stew (revised)

Serves 4

Time: <30 minutes


2 cans (15 oz) drained beans (I used cannellini and black, but about anything in the cupboard will work)

1/2 c. olive oil

1 large red onion, chopped

4-8 fresh garlic cloves, chopped

2 fennel bulbs, chopped

2 large firm ripe tomatoes, chopped

2 tsp. dried bay leaf

1 tsp. dried dill

salt, optional

sour cream, optional


1) In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat and cook the onion, garlic and fennel until soft, about 12 minutes.

2) Stir in beans, tomato and bay leaf. Simmer on medium-low for 10 minutes.

3) Add dill and salt to taste. Remove from heat, stir, and serve. FWIW, my kids were enticed to try it with a dollop of sour cream on top.

See the original recipe here.

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