Course 2: African Peanut Stew with Quinoa


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A lot of people would much rather skip the mains and go straight to dessert. If you’re health conscious, you’re probably counting all the calories you’ve consumed at this point and stressing. Don’t.

 

This three-course meal is well balanced between good taste, low calories and ingredients you would have no guilt in consuming! Besides, you’ve already relished the taste of a refreshing Almond Butter Satay entrée, now it’s time to take the tastes up a notch. Presenting, the African Peanut Stew with Quinoa.

 

Exotic, rich in protein, full of lentils and good health; this is something you’ll be scraping off your plates and screaming for fourth helpings.

 

You will need:

 

• 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
• 1/2 medium onion, chopped
• 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
• 3 diced tomatoes
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon crushed red chilli
• 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root
• Salt and pepper
• 1 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
• 1 1/2 cup lentils, cooked
• 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
• Cooked Quinoa
Garnishes: Roasted peanuts, pickled peppers, and steamed baby spinach

 

Directions:

 

Get your slow cooker together and stir together the potatoes, onion, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, red chilli, ginger root and the salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 cups of water to the slow cooker. This is your broth. Stir in the lentils and corn, and let it heat with the cover off.

 

The ideal way to cook it is for 5-6 hours on high with a slow cooker. However if your preferred method is a pressure cooker or oven, you can proceed to stew it using a method you are comfortable with. The results are more or less the same.

 

Right when you’re ready to serve the dish, stir the peanut butter into the stew.

 

Take a main course plate, create a bed of cooked Quinoa, pour the stew on top and garnish it with peanuts, pickled hot peppers and some steamed baby spinach.

 

This main course is sure to become an instant favourite! The spices are balanced, flavours are rich, there is sufficient crunch and it is all super healthy. If Quinoa isn’t a texture you’re accustomed to, the same can be substituted with brown rice.

 

We know you’re craving another helping, but hold your horses and loosen that belt. We’ve got a delicious dessert awaiting you to make sure you end that meal satisfied and with a broad smile.