Last Nights Dinner 03.31.11

African Sweet Potato Stew with Red Beans
This is by far one of my favorite meals I have ever made. The first time I made it was probably a year or so ago and it has been my favorite ever since. It has such an amazing flavor. The left overs are even better. Mmmm I could eat this everyday. The peanut butter in it just puts it over the top for me. So delicious!

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups or so cubed peeled sweet potato
1 can, drained small red beans
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted peanuts
6 lime wedges

1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cover and cook 5 minutes or until tender.
2. Add sweet potato and next 10 ingredients (through chiles). Cover and cook on medium until sweet potatoes are tender. Maybe 30 mins.
3. Take a potato masher and mash up your stew so it becomes thick and chunky.
4. Spoon 1 cup cooking liquid into a small bowl. Add peanut butter; stir well with a whisk. Stir peanut butter mixture into stew.
5. Stir in handfuls of peanuts (how many is up to you)
6. Serve with lime wedges (and maybe some homemade cornbread)

I found this recipe from Cooking Light

  1. This looks so yummy! I love sweet potatoes so I am definitely going to try this recipe.

  2. i just made something similar to this! i love cooking with peanut butter!

    <3 steffy
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  3. That sounds amazing (and amazingly easy)! Can’t wait to try it. I still love making the vegetarian shepherd’s pie recipe that you shared a while back.

  4. I LOVE food with African flavors! I think I’m going to try this next week!

  5. Chrissy •

    Awesome! I actually was just looking in my fridge at the pile of sweet potatoes and wondering what I was going to make with them so thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  6. I’ve never heard of anything like this before, but it sounds delicious!!!

  7. sounds delicious, i love having more vegetarian options that have so much flavor.

  8. I wonder if you could use a different kind of nut butter?
    My boyfriend hates peanut butter (sad but true)

  9. will you write a cookbook? pretty please with sprinkles on top! and then come to my house and cook everything in the book? thanks, you’re a peach

    but seriously. you could call it Jen Loves Veg: A Vegetarian Cook Book and then be on Oprah and eventually get your own tv show on the cooking network and produce a line of freezer meals and canned soups. or you can just sell it on here. i’d go for either.

  10. That looks delish! I need to get in gear and make some before soup season is over.


  11. That sounds so good and I would have never thought to put peanut butter and sweet potatoes together…but I love them both. I can’t wait to try this!

  12. I cooked this tonight, and it came out quite tasty. Thanks for sharing!

    I did not have any peanuts on hand, so I omitted them. I did add a chicken breast and some cilantro though. Even my husband, who is not a fan of yams, liked it! 🙂

  13. On my way to the store – must make this right now!

  14. Wow – Jen, this looks so tasty! Since the cold is sticking around for the weekend, a chunky stew like this sounds perfect. I love sneaking PB into anything…and I bet the lime adds great flavor! Love the yellow plate and curvy white bowl, too. Food props make me swoon! 🙂

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  16. wow, this looks and sounds gorgeous! I will definitely be making this next week!!

    Charlotte xxx

  17. I’ve never cooked with sweet potatos but have been meaning to try them. I hate regular potatos :s. This stew looks like a nice starting point, I’d like to try it with cashews.

  18. yummy! i will have to try this! i just wrote about a great vegan cook book today that you must try! it’s so funny to be eating things that look like mush but taste amazing!


  19. I tried it out this week….LOVE it!! Such a tasty dish. A mix of all my favorite flavors! Thanks for the recipe!!

  20. Mary Beth •

    I finally got around to making this last week and it was seriously AWESOME! Thank you so much for sharing. I have a standard lentil soup recipe that I make several times a year, and I think this soup might have just become its replacement!!

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