Fresh papaya, in addition to tasting like a tropical dream, contains the digestive enzyme papain. This makes it a wonderful complement to richer dishes that contain legumes and animal proteins. It is also in season during our colder months, bringing a bit of sun to our shorter days up north. This stew also uses cheese and avocado in balanced amounts to add rich flavor and texture, as well as, nutrition (calcium from cheese and mono-unsaturated fat from avocado). In a consistent, long-term therapeutic lifestyle focuses on how to add favorites vs. restrict them.
This recipe has been a program favorite since the original Perfectly Produce Seasonal e-Recipe Books. My dear friend, Amy, didn’t have all the vegetables to make my fall chili so she emailed me what she used instead. I loved that she kept it simple and just used what was in her crisper! I published her version and it continues to be a favorite of CARE members. It’s perfect for weekend make-ahead cooking and left-overs beg to be frozen for grab-and-go meals later in the month!