I learned about stamppot from an old Canadian cookbook, but it’s originally a Dutch recipe.

You cook a vegetable like kale or savoy cabbage with a bunch of potatoes in a big pot, then add some (plant-based) sausage or, in this case, tempeh.

Mash it all up with a bit of olive oil and salt, and you have a delicious and comforting dinner.


  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 6 yellow potatoes, diced
  • 2 zucchinis, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Plant-based sausage or balsamic maple tempeh


In a large pot, add the cabbage, potatoes, water, and salt. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes

When everything is nicely wilted and soft, add the olive oil and seasonings to taste. You can mash it all up if you like, or leave it chunky as we did.

Mix in the plant-based sausage or serve the tempeh on top. Enjoy hot from the pot for a warm winter meal. Leftovers freeze well too.


Today I am grateful to my meditation teacher.

This morning, she guided us in a meditation focused on dealing with loss.

She instructed us to turn off all the ways we distract ourselves from feeling hurt, and actually feel the void for a minute – whatever loss we’ve experienced, from death or separation.

Just let it be there.

Then, send love to the feeling of emptiness. Wrap it in a loving embrace.

Send love and peace to your entire body.

It was a beautiful reminder that all feelings are ok. If we let them be there and take care of them, we can learn how to suffer much less. 🙂

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

3 responses to “Stamppot”

  1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Simple and incredibly comforting

  2. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Instagram comment from Julia: So yummy 😍

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