African Quinoa Peanut Stew

 African Quinoa Peanut Stew

When tossing the ingredients together in the slow cooker I decided to add some uncooked quinoa to it. Our favorite vegan restaurant adds quinoa to many of their soups and I love the texture it adds as well as the extra protein. It also makes the soup thick and we like it that way. This dish is flavorful but not too spicy, the light coconut milk and peanut butter mellow it out, yet you can detect the ginger, garlic and curry flavors. The sweet potato adds just a touch of sweetness and the red lentils practically melt into the broth. We garnished it with chopped nuts and fresh cilantro but I was too busy eating to get a shot of the garnished dish! That’s how good this is – you’ll forget about everything else and get lost in this bowl of goodness. I doubled the recipe and I must say this is the perfect recipe for serving company since you can assemble it earlier in the day and let it simmer in the slow cooker. Guess what’s on my menu again this week?

 African Quinoa Peanut Stew

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed (about 1 c. total)
  • 1 1/2 t. curry powder
  • 1/2-3/4 t. garam masala (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 T. minced ginger
  • 2 t. minced garlic
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes, in juice
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 c. vegetable stock
  • 2 T. natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. red lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained

Optional garnishes: cilantro, chopped peanuts, plain soy yogurt

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and turn to high for about an hour, then switch it to low for the next several hours.

Serves: 4

Notes: Go ahead and double the recipe so you’ll have plenty of leftovers as it just keeps getting better on day two and three. I don’t have the nutritional information calculated for this yet but it’s so good I wanted you to have the recipe right away.

Recipe adapted from Mama Pea’s Spicy African Stew. Recipe recommended to me by Wendy atHealthy Girls Kitchen.

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