African Peanut Stew

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Amazingly simple, delicious, vegan, and choked full of flavor, this dish will please a variety of palates.

Modifications: Use chicken or tofu, add red/yellow/orange peppers, spinach.

Serve alone or over rice. I added white basmati rice to it. I would not recommend quinoa with this as it would give a competing nutty flavor to the peanut but you COULD.

The Adapted Recipe- I really wish I could remember where the original came from but if you Google African Peanut Stew a wide variety will come up.

  • 4 cups broth/water-if you don’t use broth that is fine but you will want to add more spices to give more flavor to it.
  • 3 diced carrots
  • 1 red onion-diced
  • 1 sweet potato diced
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • a handful or two of spinach
  • grated fresh ginger
  • siracha
  • black pepper
  • cilantro
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14oz)
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans

Bring broth/water to a boil, while that is happening dice your vegetables, add sweet potato first, then carrots, onions. Let simmer until vegetables are tender. Then add in garbanzo beans and diced tomatoes. Add in peanut butter, and garlic. Let that simmer for about 5 minutes. While that is happening, chop your cilantro, add the ginger to your pot. The stew should start to form a consistency of soup/stew(if you want it more stew like, reduce the water). If you are going to add spinach, do it now.  I also added  a swirl of siracha at this point. You could also add in cayenne pepper or chilli powder, you just want it to have a hint of spice or a lot depending on your tolerance/like. Let the spinach get near wilting, then remove from the heat, if you are not using spinach you can remove after adding the spices.

Serve alone or over rice, garnish with cilantro. If I could have found my peanuts I would have added those as well.

It’s a delicious dish that can be made year round. If you wanted to use shrimp, tofu, chicken you easily could. If you want a more creamy sauce, I would also recommend adding a touch of coconut milk. Other recipes also recommend adding in curry, cinnamon or cumin. I didn’t use any of those and found that the sirachi, garlic and ginger were a flavorful blend with the peanut butter.

I would not recommend using a different nut butter. It will change the flavor and not in the right way. If you want to omit the peanut, use coconut milk and add in the additional spices.

Enjoy!

 

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About Minnehappilos

I am a lot of things. Dog owner, runner, traveler, worrier, feminist, rap enthusiastic, but mostly a contradiction that only a child in born in the 80's could represent. This blog is not a manual, just a funny read.
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