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10-Minute Warm Vegetable Stew

Disclosure: I received free samples of Libby’s new Vegetable Pouches mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.


I was pretty stoked when, about 6 months or so ago, my sister decided to ditch her chips and salsa habit and jump on the healthy food bandwagon!

This past weekend, being in a conundrum as to her food choices, she was a tad befuddled as to why were there no healthy frozen meals for busy professionals  – like herself, and asked me for suggestions.

Ten Minute Vegetable Stew with Libbys Vegetables

Now, I, too, have the “busy” part mastered – but as for the frozen meals, I was at a loss.

I don’t often venture down the frozen food aisles – unless I need a sugar fix and venture down there to pick me up some froyo; or, unless I need a “princess fix” and wonder down the empty aisles, squealing (and embarrassing my daughter in the process) when the motion sensitive lights go off – making me feel like a VIP! BTW-the next time you find yourself in an empty frozen food aisle, I would highly recommend this – now not all stores have motion sensitive lights – but when you find one that does – you are in for a treat! 🙂

Getting back to my sister’s conundrum, I was trying to think about her options when the chance to try out Libby‘s new Vegetable Pouches presented itself through my affiliation with The Recipe Redux.

Sliced carrots, Sweet peas, Cut green beans, Mixed vegetables and Sweet corn make up the 5 available types of Libby’s new shelf-stable and microwaveable line of vegetables in ready to heat in pouches.

Notable facts about Libby’s brand new Vegetable Pouches are that they:

• Are microwavable, & cook in less than 1 minute
• Are flexible, no-sharp edges
• Won’t dent
• Stand up
• Fit nicely in kitchen cabinets, taking up less space
• Environmentally friendly: Using 75% less energy to produce pouch packaging. Waste is easily compressed which reduces space in home disposal and landfills.
• Easy-to-open, easy-to-carry
• Packaging made with BPA non-intent materials

Libby’s Vegetable Pouches will be rolling out in select Walmart stores this fall and will be available nationwide in January 2015.

Keeping in mind that these vegetable pouches are “ideal for time-constrained consumers” like my sister and I, adding “farm-fresh vegetable goodness to (our) tables in less than one minute“, I figured I would use them to make a quick stew which could also pass as a warm salad – and time myself as the contest was to come up with a recipe in 10 minutes or less!

onions garlic ginger

I started off with some olive oil heating in a pan – I roughly chopped up my favorite immune boosting trio of garlic, onion and ginger and threw them into the pan. As they cooked, I roughly chopped a green bell pepper and threw that into the pan as well.


While the green pepper was cooking, I microwaved Libby’s Sweet Corn, Sweet Peas and Green Bean pouches and poured them into the pan as well, with some black beans that were hanging out in my fridge.


Then I quickly stirred in some pumpkin puree, tomato paste, cumin, cayenne, chili and turmeric powders…

Quick and Easy Vegetable Stew

…aaannnd what do you know – I had 24 seconds to spare!


I did not use any salt or pepper as they didn’t seem necessary.


Here’s hoping the next time y’all are super time crunched, y’all pick up a pouch of Libby’s Vegetables!

Vegetable Stew in 10 Minutes!

Vegetable Stew in 10 Minutes!


  • Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 pouch Libby's Sweet Corn
  • 1 cup Libby's peas
  • 1/2 cup Libby's beans
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 cup 100% pumpkin puree
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder


  1. Saute onion, garlic and ginger in a pan with olive oil over high heat
  2. Add chopped bell pepper and stir
  3. Heat Libby's pouches for 45 seconds and add listed quantities to the pan
  4. Add black beans, pumpkin puree, tomato paste, cumin, cayenne, chili and turmeric and stir
  5. Enjoy with crusty bread or straight up!

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Monday 1st of December 2014

This is definitely my kind of game. I wonder if I can find pumplin puree here. Would love to try out the sauce!

Cindy Kerschner

Saturday 15th of November 2014

I like pumpkin and tomato together. Adding vegetables makes this an awesome stew!


Sunday 9th of November 2014

Shashi, I'm so impressed these good lookin vegetables came from those pouches.

Also, great creation. Who doesn't want a 10 minute stew recipe in their back pocket.


Sunday 9th of November 2014

I've never heard of these Vegetable Pouches but will look for them when they come out!! thanks for this post!

Jennifer Johnson

Saturday 8th of November 2014

This is a great quick winter meal!! There are so many variations possible too!

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