African Potato Peanut Stew
We are completely embroiled in one of the worst heat waves I have experienced in years, so for dinner I decided to stand in front of a stove for a 1/2 hour and make a hot stew. I am so smart! S-M-R-T.
But first: Afternoon snacks!
Kashi Granola bar:
Apricots and almonds. I am really coming to appreciate my decision to bring two afternoon snacks. I know myself well. Really, I know my appetite well!
This afternoon, the thought did cross my mind to just pick up subs for dinner. Cool, refreshing, and requiring no source of heat, subs would have made a fine meal. For the two of us to eat, it would have cost about $12 which is not bad at all.
But then I got to thinking.
That is about 12% of our weekly grocery bill, just for one meal. We have a kitchen stocked full of delicious food. We are going out for TWO meals on Saturday. I could make dinner for $5 or less that would come with leftovers. Plus? Cooking is therapeutic. I think Oprah said that once and I’m sure Martha Stewart has said it many times (I always take advice from high-powered media moguls).
I decided to cook African Potato Peanut Stew for dinner tonight. I have made this recipe many times before and love it. I have no idea who first thought to combine tomatoes and peanut butter, but they are so smart! S-M-A-R-T.
I love everything about this dish: It’s simple and only uses one pot, has a great combination of ingredients, it’s very healthy, has great spiciness (so many spices!), and a wonderful texture. Much of this can be attributed to the addition of peanut butter. Like sweet potatoes, peanut butter makes everything better. This recipe also requires a jalapeno. The delicious, but malicious, jalapeno!
True story: Once I sliced a jalapeno and then scratched my nose. Words to the wise: Do not do this.
The spiciness that transferred to my nostril was so horrific that I had husband quickly Google remedies for a jalapeno burn. Apparently, citrus does the trick, so what then followed was me bending over the kitchen sink with husband shoving half an orange up my nose. I really kind of wish this wasn’t a true story.
I have learned my lesson and know to completely wash my hands immediately after slicing a jalapeno!
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped (WASH YOUR HANDS AFTERWARDS!)
- 2 tsps minced fresh ginger
- 1 tsp minced french garlic
- 2 tsps ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground coriander
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1 can of navy beans or chickpeas
- 1 pound green beans (I was out, so I used half a diced zucchini and some frozen peas)
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
1. Cook 1/3 cup water, onion, jalapeno, ginger and garlic in large pot for 5 minutes. Add cumin, coriander, red pepper and coriander and cook for 1 more minute.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
This is sooooo good. One of the best recipes I have posted on here yet! Now that’s my F ‘n’ F word of honour (lame).
While this was simmering, I made me and husband some Green Monsters!
This turned out really thick and frothy, and was actually an appealing shade of blue (and not it’s usual shade of death!). I love when it’s so thick I have to eat it with a spoon!
- 1 cup 1% milk
- 1/2 sliced banana, frozen
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach
Now we are watching TMZ (omg Lindsay Lohan!) and eating cookies. 4 for only 130 calories. Schwing!
Finally, token pictures of my cats. It’s just a nice way to conclude things 😉
He is still in his “center piece” phase
“Now where is the Fancy Feast, beeotch?!”