Lately I’ve been trying to think outside the box when creating recipes. I’ve used grape juice to marinate carrots and have topped zucchini pasta with a white wine sauce and the results were incredible. This creation is another notch on the creativity belt.
Since March 1st in National Peanut Butter Lovers Day, this recipes feature my all-time favorite food in a unique way. This Spicy Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew is a riff on an African stew, but I was short on time this weekend, so I threw all the ingredients in the crock-pot and hoped for the best. The result is an easy-to-make stew that cooks while you are out and punches you in the mouth with flavor. Plus, the combination of sweet potatoes and peanut butter creates a stew that is rich in healthy carbs, fats and protein for a one-bowl meal that will leave you feeling satisfied.
Makes 3-4 servings (a serving is about 2 cups)
3 cups sweet potato, roughly chopped (no need to peel)
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter
4 cups water
fresh herbs (such as cilantro or parsley)
In a crockpot, combine the sweet potato, garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, sea salt, ginger, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, peanut butter and water. Heat on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours. Once cooked (the potatoes should be very tender), blend with an immersion blender. Top with chopped peanuts and fresh herbs.