Black Bean Butternut Squash Stew

Black bean with sweet butternut squash and collard greens make this healthy stew so hearty and comforting!

Black Bean Butternut Squash Stew

I just want to update my readers about the latest in my journey. We just moved from Ohio to Florida this past week.  I never dreamed of living in Florida but I couldn’t be happier on this move!

It is so gorgeous here, we are surrounded by beautiful lakes and lovely tropical scenery. I’m still pinching myself. I must say I really enjoy being a missionary’s wife, we get to live in some of the most beautiful countrysides.

I will be sharing photos as soon as I’m more settled. Our dog Macho did very well on the long ride and he was very calm throughout our 13-hour drive. We stopped part of the way for a night so that it wasn’t too much for my daughter who drove one of our vehicles.

We are still waiting for May Flower to deliver our belongings, but fortunately, we are staying in a fully furnished home, while our future home is being renovated. Although I miss my friends in Ohio, I’m always excited to make new friends and to see what God has in store for us.

My husband loves his new job as manager of a much larger facility for the same organization, my daughter was fortunate to get a job transfer and

My husband loves his new job as manager of a much larger facility for the same organization, my daughter was fortunate to get a job transfer and Daevyd can’t wait to meet new friends. I will have to take a little break from soap making until I’m all settled, but I will continue to share recipes with you. I’m overjoyed on being able to grow tropical fruits and vegetables here and I can’t wait to start my garden.

I’m overjoyed on being able to grow tropical fruits and vegetables here and I can’t wait to start my garden.

I bought some tender collard greens at a local health food store, they were so fresh and vibrant. I decided to add some at the end of this delicious black bean and butternut squash stew. I called it a stew but

I called it a stew but it’s slightly different from say a typical chili and the consistency is much thicker than a soup. I added coconut milk and used a pinch of allspice for a more tropical twist. The results were simply amazing, perfect blend of sweet, spicy and just full of flavor.

Black Bean Butternut Squash


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 cup butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 cans black beans drained or 3 cups cooked
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup greens, chopped (collard greens, spinach, kale, Swiss chard)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Pinch of allspice (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and bell peppers cook and cook until onions are soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in garlic and spring onion and cook for 1 minute. Add butternut squash and stir to cook for about 2 minutes. Add black beans, coconut milk, vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in greens and cook for about 4 minutes, season with pepper, allspice, and salt. Delicious served with brown rice and avocado.



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  1. Just made this tonight!! YUMMM I love the thickness of the soup. I subbed kale for Swiss chard because my trader joes didn’t have it. So easy to pull together. I did it while my 14.5 month old daughter napped!!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Stephanie I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Love Swiss chard as well, I remember those days when I try to get a lot done when my children were that age, enjoy her the time flies so fast!

  2. Nissrine @ Harmony a la Carte

    Such a gorgeous recipe. I love soups, stews and all things warm and cozy. My kind of meal.

  3. Congrats on your new adventure! This stew looks like a great balance of flavors, perfect eats for this time of year. But you’ll be spared the Ohio chiliness, lucky you!

  4. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    This looks really great, filled with lots of goodies! I love collard greens (and most all of them)! I’m a fellow Ohio transplant (in AZ). Best of luck with your new adventure!

  5. Linda @ Veganosity

    Congratulations on your move. It’s 44 and raining in Chicago so I’m a tad bit envious. :)
    Your chili looks so good, perfect for the weather here.

  6. Vanessa @

    I love hearty stews like this! Butternut squash is one of my favorite ingredients. I definitely need to try this :)

  7. Levan @ Crazy Vegan Kitchen

    STUNNING beyond measure. Love the way this stew is looking, makes me feel like I can fly (across the Internet to devour all of this in one sitting!)

  8. That looks amazing and I love the addition of the coconut milk. Also love your photography. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Jacqueline Meldrum

    That looks wonderful. I make a similar stew but I use chopped tomatoes and add some dark cocoa powder.

    • Dr. Barbara Perry

      Thanks Crystal for sending the post. Looks delicious. Will try it today; was thinking about making a different soup, but I think this is the medicine I need right now. Taking antibiotic for acute bronchial infection. Doctor’s orders: fluids and bed rest.

      Hugs an kisses

  10. Stella @ Stellicious Life

    Hi Michelle, glad you arrived safe and sound and like your new place to live :-)

    This soup looks amazing: the kind of soup I would wish I had a bowl or two in the fridge when I arrive home chilled on late fall weeknights and need something warm and filling. Sounds and looks delicious, pinning it!

    Have a great weekend! :-)


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