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West African Peanut Stew

West African Peanut Stew

$5.71 recipe | $0.95 serving
With fall right around the corner, it's a great time to make a big batch of this West African peanut stew. It's super hearty, creamy, and a little spicy to keep you warm as the days begin cooling off!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan, West African
Servings 6 servings
Calories 412 kcal

Equipment

  • Large pot
  • Chef knife
  • Grater

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil ($0.12)
  • 1 medium white onion, diced ($0.24)
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely minced ($0.20)
  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger, grated ($0.09)
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder ($0.08)
  • ½ tbsp red pepper flakes ($0.03)
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste ($0.24)
  • 700 grams ~2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed ($0.87)
  • 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas ($0.26)
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes ($0.38)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth ($0.99)
  • 2 cups water ($0.00)
  • ¾ cup natural peanut butter, smooth or crunchy ($1.32)
  • 3 cups fresh kale, chopped ($0.87)
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste ($0.02)

For Serving optional

  • Roasted peanuts, whole or chopped
  • Raisins
  • Rice, quinoa, or couscous
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Hot sauce of choice
  • Lime wedges

Instructions
 

  • To start, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium. Add in diced onions, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Next, add in the cayenne and red chili flakes. Stir to combine.
  • Once that's fragrant, add in the tomato paste, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, and water, stirring everything together.
  • Cover your pot, and reduce heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the squash is tender to pierce with a fork.
  • Then, add in the peanut butter and chopped kale. Stir well to incorporate the peanut butter.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, making sure to add in sea salt and pepper. If you like more spice, add in extra cayenne, red chili flakes, fresh spicy pepper, or sambal oelek sauce if you have some.
  • If you want to thicken the stew even more, you can mash some of the sweet potatoes against the side of your pot with a spoon or spatula.
  • Serve this stew over your choice of grain (we prefer ours with rice), and top it with roasted peanuts, cilantro, raisins, hot sauce, or lime wedges.

Notes

  • Optional ingredients are not reflected in the price or calories of the recipe.
  • We always prefer cooking our chickpeas from dry, but canned work well in this recipe too.
  • For a variation in this stew, try using butternut squash or pumpkin in place of the sweet potatoes.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
West African Peanut Stew
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
412
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20.3
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
3.8
g
24
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
606.8
mg
26
%
Potassium
 
946
mg
27
%
Carbohydrates
 
48.6
g
16
%
Fiber
 
9.3
g
39
%
Sugar
 
14.3
g
16
%
Protein
 
13.7
g
27
%
Vitamin A
 
17550
IU
351
%
Vitamin C
 
17.1
mg
21
%
Calcium
 
110
mg
11
%
Iron
 
2.24
mg
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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