- You find a recipe online. Let’s say it’s a recipe for a yam & peanut stew
- You think “ooh that sounds interesting, I’ll make it someday”
- One night soon after: 6pm arrives, there’s nothing prepared for dinner so you end up making a hearty winter stew on a warm summer’s evening.
And that’s the story of why we’re eating a yam and peanut stew in the middle of May.
Actually, it’s a tasty one-pot meal. The main flavours that come through are the sweetness of the yams and tomatoes, and a little background heat from the cayenne pepper. You can add a handful of salted peanuts on the top as well, for a crunchy texture.
You could serve this stew with rice or couscous to make into a very filling meal.
It freezes well too. If you’ve got any leftovers, just divide it into portions and freeze them for another day. Now you’ve got home-made ready meals!
Ingredients (serves 2-3)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 large white onion, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 85g tomato puree
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup vegetable stock or bouillion
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 heaped teaspoon of mixed herbs
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 2 small-to-medium yams or sweet potatoes, chopped into smallish chunks or cubes
- 100g cabbage, shredded or chopped
- To serve: 2-3 tablespoons (a large handful) of salted peanuts; parsley leaves
- In a large pan, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil for 5-10 minutes.
- Add the tin of tomatoes, the tomato puree, peanut butter, vegetable stock, cayenne pepper and herbs. Stir to combine.
- Add the chopped yams/sweet potatoes, the can of chickpeas and one can of water. Bring to a simmer, and add the cabbage. Cover and let simmer for 25-30 minutes until the yams are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Once the yams are soft, turn off the heat and let the stew sit for 10-15 minutes.
- To serve, ladle into a bowl, sprinkle with peanuts and garnish with some parsley leaves.
- Strictly speaking, yams and sweet potatoes aren’t the same thing – http://www.ncsweetpotatoes.com/sweet-potatoes-101/difference-between-yam-and-sweet-potato/
- Adapted from this recipe – thank you!
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