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Vegetarian African Peanut Stew

Last week I was in D.C. and had the most delicious Ghanaian vegetarian peanut stew. I was so psyched about it that I decided to recreate my own Vegetarian African Peanut Stew. African peanut stews are usually stick and creamy, thanks in part to the peanut butter used. It can be bulked up with vegetables and/or meats, and tastes great topped with fresh herbs, peanuts, or spices. Although peanuts are usually incorporated as nuts, did you know that they are actually considered legumes? They grow underground and provide a good source of vitamin E, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and fiber. They’re loaded with healthy unsaturated fats, which may reduce risk for heart disease. They also have more protein than any other nut, which is great news for vegetarians!

African Peanut Stew

Now to our recipe! We’ll start by creating a creamy base to our stew, and then adding in some carrots and collards for bulk. The collards are cut into a chiffonade, which can be done by stacking the leaves, rolling them tightly, and then slicing the leaves finely. The results are beautiful and thin strips of collards.

African Peanut Stew

Let’s get started! Start by heating olive oil in a large pot, and then add the onion, pepper, and garlic cloves. Sauté for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic. Now add the carrots, tomatoes, tomato paste, and peanut butter, and sauté for another couple of minutes. Once that’s done, add the vegetable broth, mix well together using a large spoon, and cook over medium heat with the lid on for 20 minutes.

When the cooking is done, allow the mix to cool and add to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Now add the puree back to the pot, add the collards and sweet potato, and cook with the lid on for an additional 20 minutes over low-medium heat. Finish off by squeezing the juice of 1/2 lemon, and adding salt to taste. You can garnish the stew with chopped peanuts and enjoy with a side of brown rice. Hope you enjoy!

Have you ever whipped up African Peanut Stew? What special ingredients do you include in yours? Let us know in the comments below!

Vegetarian African Peanut Stew
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
  4. 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  5. 1 medium carrots, chopped
  6. 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  7. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  8. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  9. 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  10. 3 cups collards, chiffonade
  11. 1 medium sweet potato, chopped
  12. 1/2 lemon
  13. Salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by heating olive oil in a large pot, and then add the onion, pepper, and garlic cloves
  2. Sauté for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic
  3. Now add the carrots, tomatoes, tomato paste, and peanut butter, and sauté for another couple of minutes
  4. Add the vegetable broth, mix well together using a large spoon, and cook over medium heat with the lid on for 20 minutes once that is all done cooking.
  5. When the cooking is done, allow the mix to cool and add to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth
  6. Now add the puree back to the pot, add the collards and sweet potato, and cook with the lid on for an additional 20 minutes over low-medium heat
  7. Finish off by squeezing the juice of 1/2 lemon, and adding salt to taste. Enjoy!
  8. Optional: Garnish the stew with chopped peanuts and enjoy with a side of brown rice!
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7 Comments on Vegetarian African Peanut Stew

  1. Maria
    February 22, 2017 at 3:07 am (7 months ago)

    Looks delicious! Where in DC did you have this?

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    • Wendy
      Wendy
      February 22, 2017 at 8:59 pm (7 months ago)

      Thanks! I went to Roger Miller restaurant in Silver Spring!

      Reply
  2. Lori Geurin
    February 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm (7 months ago)

    This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! Anything with peanut butter added is a winner in my book. 😉

    I’m guessing it’s fairly spicy with the jalapeno pepper. And I’ll definitely add the chopped peanuts! Do you put the brown rice in the stew or simply eat it along with it?

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    • Wendy
      Wendy
      February 23, 2017 at 3:20 pm (7 months ago)

      Yesss it’s so good! The brown rice is paired with the stew- so it goes on the side. xoxo

      Reply
  3. D.E.
    February 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm (7 months ago)

    Yes, I’ve had Peanut when I was in London as a student and I can testify that it is indeed delicious! Honestly, I never thought of making it myself but this recipe certainly makes me want to try!

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    • Wendy
      Wendy
      February 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm (7 months ago)

      yess it’s so good! hope you give it a try!

      Reply
  4. D.E.
    February 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm (7 months ago)

    Haha, I meant Peanut Stew -don’t know how the last bit got lost :/

    Reply

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