Healthy African Peanut Stew – Sweet Potato Stew

Let me tell you about my FAVORITE little healthy dish. I have an obsession with sweet potatoes that is borderline unhealthy, and that’s saying something considered these little orange gems are chocked full of healthy macronutrients.

Grab your stew pot and prepare your tastebuds for an adventure with this spicy, savory, soul-saving stew that will convert you into a sweet spud believer. Here’s what you’ll need:

sweet potato stew ingredients

Ingredients :

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes

1 lb ground chicken, beef or turkey (optional) I’ve also added shredded chicken!

1 can of diced tomatoes (I like the garlic, onion and green pepper seasoned tomatoes)

~2 cups of chicken broth

1/2 cup of chopped peanuts (I buy regular peanuts and pop them in my mini blender. You can also buy chopped peanuts or cut them up by hand, but BE CAREFUL!)

1 can of black beans (optional)

a pepper (I used about a cup of mini sweet peppers)

1/4 cup of onion (not shown in this version)

a pinch of minced or chopped garlic

tsp of crushed red pepper

ground chicken

Brown your meat separately and set aside. Then cut your peppers and onions into small slices and sauté in your stew pot with a little olive oil.

mini pepperssalute peppers

While your peppers and onions are sautéing, peel and cut your sweet potatoes.sweet peppers & sweet potatoes

Next combine the sweet potatoes, diced tomatoes, black beans, and chicken broth in the stew pot with onions and peppers.
black beans

Blend your peanuts and sprinkle those crazies in along with the garlic and crushed red pepper. If you like your stew to have a nice bite with a bit of a burn, simply increase the red pepper.

blend peanuts

After the stew starts to boil, bring it down to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid.

african peanut stew

Now for the boring part, as you can see from Duncan’s adorable yawn. Let that stew simmer for about 45 minutes until the sweet potato cubes are soft and fall apart. The sweet potato will eventually turn to liquid gold if you stew it long enough. At least food gold that’s good for your gut and tantalizing to your tongue. Try not to drool.

duncan the pomeranian

45 minutes later, combine your meat with the mashed up masterpiece of sweet potato and flavors and voila! You know you want some. Now get cooking, good-lookin’ and this delish dish could be partying on your palate in no time.
easy sweet potato stewIf you’re feeling fancy you can top it off with some cilantro, for a clean finishing touch. What’s your favorite stew recipe?


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