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African Sweet Potato Stew

September 5, 2011

This recipe wass adapted from the cookbook, The Vegan Planet. I love love love this cookbook, and I’m not even vegan.

What You’ll Need:

– 3 cloves of garlic, diced

– 1 small onion, diced

– 1 bell pepper, or 3-4 small peppers, chopped

– 1 carrot, chopped

– 1 lb. of sweet potatoes (I used purple), cut into bite-size pieces

– 1 1/2 cups of broth (or water)

– 1 can of crushed tomatoes

– 1 can of garbanzo beans

– 1 teaspoon cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon cumin

– 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

– 2 teaspoons brown sugar

– 2 tablespoons peanut butter


1) Saute the onions and garlic for 5 minutes, add the peppers and carrots, sauteing for another 7 minutes.

2) Add the cumin, cayenne, and cinnamon, stirring for 30 seconds.

3) Add the sweet potatoes, coating them in the spices.

4) Add the broth/water and can of crushed tomatoes.

5) Bring the stew to a boil and then reduce to simmer for about 20 minutes.

6) Add the drained can of chickpeas.

7) Add the brown sugar, stir, and salt and pepper to taste.

8) I realized the stew didn’t have any green, so I threw in some chopped collard greens at the end, kale or spinach would work too!

9) Stir in the peanut butter, taking care to mix it in thoroughly.

10) Remove from heat and serve!

I garnished with some peanuts and sunflower seeds, and paired the stew with a salad for more green 🙂

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 5, 2011 10:02 pm

    Thanks for posting this recipe. I’ll have to check out that book as well! I’m also not vegan but I really enjoy vegan and vegetarian recipes. Love your blog 🙂

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