Jamaican Ital Stew + V/VG

So remember that one blog post where I said I was going to turn over a new leaf and get back to eating healthier? Yeah...I lied. I LIED! I have been on a downward spiral of eating bull****. Unhealthy snacking, chips, pizza, mozzarella sticks, mozzarella sticks and more mozzarella sticks. I prefer to say I was eating to go along with my mood. It's been an interesting start to the year BUT I'm back! Well...everything but the diet. I'm still working on that. Baby steps. At least that's what I tell myself. It has been rough. I've been sleepy every day and my mood has been awful. I've been trying to make excuses for it. I just couldn't figure out what the issue was. But if I was really being honest with myself, all signs were pointing to my diet. I don't have the energy I used to have. My face is breaking out. My mood sucks and I feel heavy and bloated ALL THE TIME. Whhhhhhy is it so hard getting back on the wagon?! It's time to make some changes ASAP.

I figured I would make this Ital stew because 1) We finally got a little bit of snow so i thought it was appropriate and, 2)maybe this Ital stew will ground me and get me on the right track. Fingers crossed! 

Jamaican Ital Stew

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 scallion, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 10 cups of vegetable stock or water
  • 2 cups pumpkin or acorn squash, cubed
  • 2 chayote squash, cubed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme (2 tsp dried)
  • 8 pimento seeds
  • 2 tsp Jamaican curry powder
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 ears of corn, cut into wheels
  • 1 yucca, cubed
  • 2 potatoes, cubed
  • pepper sauce (optional)


  1. Sautee onion, scallion and garlic in oil over medium heat until onions are translucent
  2. Add coconut milk, vegetable stock, pumpkin, thyme, bay leaves, pimento seeds, curry powder, and chayote to the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.Reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes
  3. Add carrots, corn, yucca, and potatoes to the pot and simmer until the potatoes and yucca are cooked through
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. At this point you can add a few dashes of pepper sauce to your liking. 
  5. Simmer for 10 more minutes to allow the flavors to come together
  6. This stew is great on its own or with rice and peas




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