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Tough Times Food - Potato Stew

Updated on February 2, 2014
Potato Stew
Potato Stew | Source


Food for a nickel.
Food for a nickel. | Source
Potatoes as the main ingrediens.
Potatoes as the main ingrediens. | Source
Fresh Cut Red Pepper
Fresh Cut Red Pepper | Source
Ready to cook?
Ready to cook? | Source

Food For A Nickel

Times are tough. Eating out might not be part of your budget - for the time being. Well look at it from a positive side; if you stay home, and cook food for a nickel, you save money, and you can even enjoy a cigarette with your coffee after your meal.

Have a look at the ingredients to your right. Would you believe that a few sandy potatoes, an onion, a big tomato, garlic, green peas, red pepper and green pepper corn could turn into a mouthwatering delicious meal?

Well you better believe it!

Potatoes As The Main Ingredients

Besides from being tasty theres is a lot of good things to be said about the potato. A few I can mention on the go is that it is cheap and healthy. (Read more in the link capsule below).

To think that you become fat by eating potatoes is a misconception. You become fat from eating high-in-fat-and-cholesterol French fries. So dont blame the potato; blame the frying fat.

Ready To Cook?

This is what you need:

  • Potatoes (6 big ones)
  • Onions (1-2)
  • Tomatoes (1 Big one)
  • Garlic (4 cloves)
  • Green Peas
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • Green Pepper Corn (2spoons)
  • A handful or two of flour


  1. Peel potatoes and cut into slices (not too thin and not too thick). Boil for approx. 15 minutes
  2. Pour the potato slices in a colander and let the potato water drip into a pot (Save the potato water - it is both healthy and useful)
  3. Peel onions and chop them into small pieces
  4. Peel the garlic cloves
  5. Cut red pepper and tomatoes into smal pieces

You don’t need to prepare the green peas and the green pepper corn - they are ready to go, when it’s their turn.

Grab yourself a suiteable sized pot - a cast iron pot is a lovely tool for cooking a stew, and I guess this is a meatless potato-stew .

Let’s Get Cooking!

Green Peppercorn are known for adding sumptuous aroma to the dish being cooked, and this meal is no exception. Decide on whether to fry the onions and the crushed garlic cloves in butter or oliveoil, and when you get that going, add a couple of spoonfulls of green peppercorn and and be prepared to have your sense of smell seduced. (If you happen to have a little cream in the fridge - a few spoonfuls do wonders for the flavor.).

When the onions are soft, but still white, sprinkle the sliced potatoes with black pepper and add to the pan little by little so they are all easily done.

Once the potatoes have been turned over a few times, add tomatoes and red pepper and finally the peas. Turn it all together and sprinkle a few handfuls of flour over the mixture.

By now you need to add the boiled water from the potatoes - little by little. Stir it so everything is mixed well and does not burn.

Simmer until potatoes are easy to poke with a fork.

Bon appetit!


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      Dorte Holm Jensen 4 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Thanks for dropping by, Au fait. It's an honour to have a HOTD visiting. If we weren't that far apart geographically, I would cook you a Tough Times Potato Stews myself. You deserve to be pampered and to get all the credit, you can get for your Hub "Poverty Kills ​More People Every Ye​ar Than Either Of th​e Top Killers -- Hea​rt Disease or Cancer"! Very well done! When I get a little more time, I am going to have a look at your other Hubs.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This looks so yummy! I haven't had breakfast yet and I'm hungry. I love potato soup and I need to be making some yesterday. I have the ingredients and potatoes don't last forever just sitting around. I usually make mine with potatoes, onions, bacon bits, broccoli, and once in a while some carrots. I like your recipe. It never occurred to me to add tomatoes or garlic, which I love.

      Love your 'handle' A Dan in Spain.

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      Dorte Holm Jensen 5 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Thanks Rajan Jolly - glad you liked it!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Great easy meal and cheaper too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dorte Holm Jensen 6 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Thanks quester. I loved your "Apple Blossoms".

    • profile image 6 years ago

      Thanks for a great idea. I have used tomatoes as the main ingredient for a 'poor man's stew' guess I never thought about doing it with more potatoes.

      I'll be back - vote up

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      Dorte Holm Jensen 7 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Thanks Gigi...Thats great.

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      Gigi Thibodeau 7 years ago

      Just wanted to let you know that I'm making this for dinner tonight, and it's fantastic! Thanks.

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      Dorte Holm Jensen 7 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Thank for dropping by. I am so glad you like it.

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      Gigi Thibodeau 7 years ago

      This looks like a great meal, and I love finding good recipes that let me save money. Thanks!

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      Jill Spencer 7 years ago from United States

      Love your writing style and look forward to reading more. DF

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      lilibees 7 years ago

      Great information, times are tough all over, now food prices are becoming outragous!