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West African Peanut Stew

Vegan, Oil-free, Gluten-free

West African Peanut Stew in a pot with rice
West African Peanut Stew

I never knew sweet potatoes can be this delicious until I tried this recipe!

I believe I first heard of African Peanut Stew in The China Study by dr. T. Colin Campbell. A must-read for everyone, by the way.

Prior to that I only tried sweet potatoes once and really hated them. Why? They came in the form of incredibly greasy fries and that really didn't appeal to me, even before I started eating an oil-free diet.

I am not sure why but after reading about this stew I decided to give it a try. And I'm glad I did. This has become one of our favorite recipes.

Sweet potato, cut up
Sweet potato

West African Peanut Stew


  • 1 medium onion

  • 2 Tbsps fresh ginger

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 3/4 cup unsalted peanut butter OR use powdered peanut butter such Pure PB2 and add water to adjust consistency

  • 1/2 cup tomato paste

  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth

  • 4 cups sweet potato, peeled and cubed

  • 3 -4 cups leafy greens such as kale (about 1 bunch, ribs removed, chopped); *green cabbage (roughly chopped) OR spinach leaves

  • Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce

  • Lemon juice, to taste (optional)

  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped peanuts, for garnish (optional)

  • cooked brown rice


  1. Put the onion, ginger, garlic, peanut butter, tomato paste and the veggie broth in your Vitamix blender and process until smooth. (If you have a smaller blender, use enough of the veggie stock to get things moving and add the rest of the broth to the pot).

  2. Pour the mixture into a pot, add the potatoes, and bring to a boil. Cook on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are done.

  3. Stir in the kale or cabbage* and simmer for a few more minutes until it is soft. If you are using spinach, no need to continue cooking, just throw the leaves in, give them a stir and a minute to soften.

  4. Season with hot sauce to taste. Add lemon juice if you wish.

  5. Serve over brown rice, and top with a few chopped peanuts if you wish.

Note: *If you are using cabbage instead of kale it will take a few minutes longer to cook.

No animals were harmed during the creation of this recipe!

Blue-eyed black kitty
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