Monday, January 21, 2008

African Sweet Potato Stew

Some aromas are indescribable. This stew at full simmer was incredible. I took this photo about 2 hours into the 8 hour slow cook on low. I let it simmer all night and then added the peanut butter right at the end. I did play around with some of the ingredients as I had more of some items and less of another. Since I love garlic, I used more.

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (I used 5)
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed sweet potato (1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained (I wanted red beans but didn't have any) and any legume you like will work as long as they are fully cooked.
  • 1 cup baby carrots cut in half
  • 1 cup frozen full green beans cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated (use less if dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • fresh ground cinnamon to taste-I used 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 can diced tomatoes drained
  • a few chopped chili peppers (depends on the heat you want)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • chopped peanuts
  • one lime-wedged

Heat oil in skillet and add onion and garlic. Sweat these for 5 minutes over medium heat. Place onion mixture in slow cooker adding sweet potato and other ingredients. Cover and cook on slow for 8 hours or until tender.

Spoon out 1 cup of liquid into a small bowl and add 3 tablespoons of peanut butter,using whisk to blend out any lumps. Stir into hot stew evenly. Top each serving with chopped peanuts and a lime wedge squeezed over the top.

6-8 servings

Serve with spinach salad and crusty bread. Protein 11 grams, fiber 10 grams and 220 mg sodium based on 6 servings.


  1. This look deeeelish, I am going to have to try it this weekend...although I don't have a slow cooker. Peanut butter at the end...really that is different.

  2. Oh my goodness, the aroma filling my house!!! This not only smells great but it tastes incredible! I stopper eating meat only about a year it is so nice to try something completely different! I love the peanuts and peanut butter flavor in there with the spices!!! It is so you create this recipe?

  3. This is my own recipe culled from 3-4 recipes I sorta liked that had ingredients I did not use (animal products) or have. So I played around with them and made my own recipe with my own likes and now my own name for it.

  4. Jan, I'm printing this recipe as I type this. It looks wonderful (can't wait to have the aroma in my house). Thanks for sharing this; perfect for this snowy day.


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