African Peanut Butter Stew

Growing up, I absolutely hated the taste of peanut butter. Crazy right? I blame school lunches for this. You see, my parents would not allow me to buy lunch from school (and with good reason). Instead, I had to bring a peanut butter sandwich everyday. Now, in the mind of an elementary student, bringing lunch from home was considered “uncool,” especially when it was the same thing day after day. The fact that the peanut butter stuck to the roof of my mouth did not help either. Eventually, I just refused to eat sandwiches. This started a brutal war with the class lunch aid who would watch over me and threaten to send me to the nurse if I did’t eat. In retaliation, I used to stick the sandwich in my friend’s empty potato chip bag and have her throw it away for me. I even looked up in the constitution if I had “the right” to not eat a sandwich.

Now, I very much regret the fact that I threw away those sandwiches because I hate it when people throw out their food. Unfortunately, my bad experience with peanut butter made me avoid it for years. The good part of this story is that I tried it again a few years ago and now I love it! I believe my tastes buds are now trying to make up for lost time 🙂

In the summer, I made Zimbabwe Greens. I was so in love with the idea of adding peanut butter to a main dish, that I tried it again in this stew:

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African Peanut Butter Stew

Ingredients: 

1 cup arborio rice

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 green bell pepper, chopped

2 tbsp jalapeño pepper, chopped

1 tbsp pickled ginger

2 tbsp curry powder

2 cups chicken broth

1 28oz can whole plum tomatoes with juice

1/2 cup organic peanut butter

1 sweet potato, cooked

salt and pepper, to taste

Garnish: cilantro

Directions:

Cook rice according to box instructions. Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat olive oil. Add in onions and garlic cloves and sauté for 10 minutes. Add and mix in bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, ginger, and curry powder. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add in broth, tomatoes, and peanut butter. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and crush the tomatoes slightly with the side of a spoon. Cook for 10 minutes. Add in sweet potato and cook for 5 more minutes. Add in salt and pepper. In separate bowls, pour in rice and ladle peanut butter mixture on top. Top with cilantro.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. This recipe looks fantastic – I love peanut butter!
    That’s a really funny story about bringing your lunch, though – it definitely was cooler to get lunch at school when I was little! In middle school and high school I always brought a lunch to school, though – sooo much tastier and healthier than public school options! (Unless it was turkey and gravy day… I would put my lunch back in my locker. That lunch was the BEST)

    Reply

    • Thanks 🙂
      Haha- exactly! I was always jealous of the kids who got to buy lunch (especially on pizza and taco salad day) even though the food was junk and a lot of the times I didn’t even like the taste of the it!

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  2. Looks delicious! I love all your posts and recipes, so I nominated you for a Liebster Award: http://danaartinyan.com/2013/01/18/liebster-award-and-recognition/

    Keep up the amazing work!

    Reply

  3. Posted by nataggart on January 25, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Looks so great! I love peanut butter in everything 🙂 and thanks for liking my blog!

    Reply

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