Lately, I’ve been craving soup. Last week, it was cloudy in San Diego, and I wanted something hot that would warm me up. I have always loved the vegan recipes that come from the Oh She Glows blog. So you can imagine how excited I was when I received the newly released The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out as a gift (thank you Jennifer!). Angela Liddon has outdone herself with this group of recipes. Another plus? There are beautiful, photography award worthy pictures of the dishes along side the recipes.
[caption id="attachment_2428" align="alignnone" width="640"] Aerial View of Soup[/caption]
Gather up the African Peanut Stew ingredients.
[caption id="attachment_2429" align="alignnone" width="640"] Ingredients for African Peanut Stew[/caption]
And peel the sweet potato. Unfortunately, my peeler recently disappeared. Luckily, its possible to do a passable peeling job with a knife.
[caption id="attachment_2430" align="alignnone" width="640"] Peeled Sweet Potato[/caption]
Then dice the onion and garlic and throw it into a saucepan with the olive oil.
[caption id="attachment_2432" align="alignnone" width="640"] Sauteed Onion and Garlic[/caption]
Then it’s time to chop up the sweet potato, red bell pepper, and jalapeno. One of my favorite things about this recipe is that the sweet potatoes cook while they’re in the soup and don’t have to be prepared in the oven separately.
[caption id="attachment_2433" align="alignnone" width="640"] Chopped Sweet Potato, Red Bell Pepper, and Jalapeno Peppers[/caption]
Then its time to add the tomatoes — with the juices!
[caption id="attachment_2434" align="alignnone" width="640"] Adding Tomatoes and Simmering[/caption]
Combine the peanut butter and a cup of veggie broth. I found that putting them over heat helped dissolve the peanut butter clumps! Then add the peanut butter/veggie broth and the remaining vegetable broth to the saucepan.
[caption id="attachment_2435" align="alignnone" width="640"] Dissolving Peanut Butter into Veggie Broth[/caption]
Then fold in the spices.
[caption id="attachment_2437" align="alignnone" width="640"] Adding Spices to African Peanut Stew[/caption]
Simmer the soup until the sweet potatoes are tender. Then strain and rinse the chickpeas and add them to the saucepan.
[caption id="attachment_2438" align="alignnone" width="640"] Strained Chickpeas[/caption]
Finally, you’re ready to add the spinach or kale (I used kale).
[caption id="attachment_2439" align="alignnone" width="640"] Adding Kale to African Peanut Stew[/caption]
After a few minutes, the kale will wilt, and the soup is ready to eat!
[caption id="attachment_2440" align="alignnone" width="640"] Finished African Peanut Stew![/caption]
I love this soup, especially the creamy, rich flavor of the broth which I credit to the peanut butter. This soup is great as an appetizer or as a meal of its own. The chickpeas and sweet potatoes give it great substance. And of course, it’s an easy way to get a serving of leafy greens into your diet!
[caption id="attachment_2442" align="alignnone" width="640"] African Peanut Stew[/caption]
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium sweet onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces
- 1 can diced tomatoes, with their juices
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1.5 teaspoons chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 can (15 ounces) of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 handfuls of spinach or kale destemmed
- Salt and pepper
- Heat olive oil medium heat and saute onions and garlic in saucepan.
- Add bell pepper, jalapeno, sweet potato, and tomatoes (with juices).
- Increase heat to high and simmer for 5 minutes.
- In a bowl, combine peanut butter and 1 cup of vegetable broth until mixture is smooth and add to saucepan.
- Add remaining 3 cups of vegetable broth and chili powder and cayenne paper to saucepan.
- Cover the saucepan with a lid, reduce head to medium-low and simmer for 10-20 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender.
- Stir in the chickpeas and spinach or kale. Season with salt and pepper to taste