Peanutty African Stew

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size 1 cup
Nutrition Facts: View Label(s)


1 cup
instant brown rice
2 cups
chicken broth, reduced sodium (see notes)
1 teaspoon
dehydrated minced onion
1 teaspoon
garlic powder or 4 cloves garlic
1⁄2 teaspoon
ground ginger
1⁄8 teaspoon
red pepper (optional)
2 cups
medium diced peeled sweet potato or yam
1 can
(14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid
1⁄2 teaspoon
1⁄2 cup
creamy peanut butter
1 1⁄4 cups
non-fat or 1% milk
3 cups
baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
1⁄4 cup
chopped dry roasted peanuts (optional)
green onion, thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a soup pot. Bring to a boil, then turn down to medium low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in peanut butter and milk. Return to a gentle simmer and cook uncovered for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Top with peanuts and green onion, if desired.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Broth can be canned or made using bouillon. For each cup of broth use 1 cup very hot water and 1 teaspoon or 1 cube bouillon.
  • Substitute a 10 ounce package of frozen spinach for the fresh spinach.
  • Flavor boosters: chopped cilantro, red and green peppers, raisins.
  • To avoid peanuts or peanut butter, try sunflower seeds or sunflower seed butter.


Last updated: 11/10/15

3 Comments for "Peanutty African Stew"

Made the recipe with no changes or modifications.  Made the soup with 10 kids and we all loved it!  We were all surprised at how good it was since there are tomatoes and peanut butter in the same pot.  Everyone went for seconds.

Wonderful super quick dinner!  Made this with the spring green salad recipe as they both have spinach in them so I used up all the spinach I bought.  Made some changes: used some spinach leaves for the garnish, used veggie broth versus chicken broth, added extra red pepper to give it more of a kick.  Oh, and bought one large yam and that was 2 cups.  Will make again -- family loved it!

Great! I loved everything about this recipe! Creamy with lots of flavor! The best peanut stew I have had.

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