Two popular vegetarian soups of Central Africa were the inspiration for this stew. In this region, sweet potatoes, beans, chili peppers, onions, ginger, garlic and peanuts are common ingredients. The peanut butter makes this a creamy stew, but there is only a small amount per serving. To decrease the richness serve over a whole grain or use only ¼ cup of peanut butter. Feel free to kick up the heat by using jalapeno pepper or more red pepper flakes.
• ½ cup water
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1-2 tablespoon(s) Anaheim or jalapeno pepper, minced
• 1 tablespoon ginger, ground
• 1 tablespoon garlic granules
• 2 teaspoons cumin, ground
• 2 teaspoons coriander, ground
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• 6 yams, peeled and chopped
• 2 cups vegetable broth
• 24 ounces tomatoes, chopped
• 14 ounces garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
• 14 ounces black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
• 1/2 cup almond or peanut butter, unsweetened
• 1½ cup corn
• 6 cups collards, chopped
In a large pot, sauté onion and pepper with water for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally
Add ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander and red pepper.
Cook and stir for 1 minute.
Mix in yams, vegetable broth, tomatoes, beans and nut butter.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Stir in corn and collards and cook for about 10 more minutes, until yams and greens are tender.
Serve over brown rice or other whole grain.