Fall is in the air and it’s time to break out the slow cooker/crock pot and make some tasty soups and stews. Why not break away from the old tried and true recipes and make a new recipe to spice things up a bit? This recipe for African Quinoa Peanut Stew is over the top delicious and probably one of the easiest recipes I have made in a long time! My parents shared it with us and they loved it as much as we did. Like most soups and stews it is even better the second day.
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.
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.
My parents went home this week and that has left me feeling sad and lonely. (I’ve resorted to some retail therapy to get past it!) I got used to having my buddies here and had so much fun cooking for them and going for little daily adventures! They both loved all the vegan dishes I made and mom even had me order her the Engine 2 My Beef With Meat Cookbook so she can continue the healthy cooking when they get home. I also made a couple of chicken and fish meals for them to mix it up. Mom made her fabulous Runza’s for the family and although they do contain ground beef I will admit that I had to have one but only one. Delicious! Then it was right back to eating plant strong.
I tried out several new recipes while mom and dad were here as well as making them some of our plant strong favorites. Speaking of favorite recipes I recently read that most people have about 10 -12 recipes or meals that they continue to make over and over. When you switch to a healthier diet it upsets the apple cart and at first you wonder what on earth you are going to fix to eat. Remember that you have to give yourself time to discover what those new 10 -12 favorite meals will be. As the seasons change so does the menu and the list of favorites keeps changing and growing. We found what plant strong foods and recipes worked for us over the summer. I will have a nice list of recipes to draw from next year. Now with fall upon us new soup, stew and casserole recipes will be added to the menu.
Once again I have a back log of recipes to post about – there are so many amazing plant based foods to eat and enjoy. I love eating plant strong.
To your health!
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