Yam and Peanut Stew with Kale

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Author Notes: Rich, nutrient dense, sweet, savory, and spicy, this stew is the ideal winter comfort food. Garnish with green onions and crushed roasted and salted peanuts for an extra kick!Gena Hamshaw

Serves 4

  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 Yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Ginger, minced
  • 2 pounds Yams (about two large), chopped into 1 inch chunks (or a little larger)
  • 1/2 cup Dry red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3 Ripe vine tomatoes, peeled and chopped (if you cannot access fresh tomatoes at this time of year, use 1 can of homemade or store-bought diced tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric, ground
  • dashes Cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea salt (or to taste)
  • 4-5 cups Vegetable stock + extra as needed
  • 1/4 cup Creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups Curly kale, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup Green onion, tops only, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Roasted and salted peanuts, chopped
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot set on medium heat. Add the onion and begin sauteeing till onion is getting translucent (about 3 minutes). Add the garlic and ginger, and continue to sautee for another 3 minutes, till garlic is fragrant. Add the yams, the red lentils, the tomatoes, the cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne and give it all a quick stir to combine.
  2. Add 4 cups vegetable stock and bring mixture to a boil. If there isn't enough broth to cover everything but at least 1 inch, add another cup of stock. When soup boils, reduce to a simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes, or until sweet potatoes and lentils are very tender. If you need more broth as the mixture cooks, add it.
  3. Add peanut butter and stir well. Using an immersion blender, blend soup till about half of it is pureed and the other half still has texture. The soup should appear creamy, but chunks of sweet potato should be visible.
  4. Stir in the kale and let it wilt. Season to taste, adding more salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Serve, topped with a tablespoon each of green onion and crushed peanuts.
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about 1 month ago Kira B

Do the yams get peeled?

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about 1 month ago Mookie

Kira, I didn't peel the yams, just gave them a good scrub. While scrubbing some of the skin sloughed off (the skins are pretty thin) but I didn't notice the peel in the end result as it cooks for a good amt of time & there's so many flavors/textures.

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about 1 month ago Mookie

Wow - sooo good! I bought these two rather large yams, having never actually cooked with them before. When I searched around for recipes I mostly found the usual yams baked in some sort of sweet sauce - honey, molasses etc. I'm not a fan of sweet vegetables so no go for me. I was so happy to find your recipe, I used cashew butter & crushed cashew topping and instead of the spices (cumin, turmeric etc) I actually used Patak's Vinaloo paste; it has all of the same spices plus a few others, just put a tablespoon or two in while sweating the onions/garlic & it was amazing. Blending half of the soup is key - it really develops such a creamy consistency when added back in. I have to say I was really blown away by how well all of the flavors were distinct but also were so harmonious with each other. Another thanks for a great recipe!

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10 months ago Shalea

Has anyone tried this without the tomatoes? What could I sub instead

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10 months ago Ken

Did you peel the Yam or leave the skin on?

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10 months ago Renee Klang

How do you think coconut milk would taste in this dish? Like maybe half veg broth and the rest coconut milk?

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10 months ago Maria Reina

This is fantastic. I ended up using only 1.5 lb. of yams, just because that was all I had in huge house, and it seemed like enough. I also added the zest and juice of 1/2 lime right at the end for a little citrus note. Really really delicious!

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10 months ago Maria Reina

sorry … what I meat to say was: I only used 1.5 lbs because that was all I had in the house!

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11 months ago Pamela Anthony

This Yam and Peanut Stew with Kale is one of the best stews I have ever made. I am looking forward to making this stew again. Thank you for the delicious recipe.

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12 months ago Marie Weber

This recipe is great. I keep making recipes with such a similar flavor profile and this has been one of the best. I've been making this with butternut squash instead of yams. Comes out delicious. I imagine it would be a little heartier with the potatoes.
Tonight I plan to get this ready to go in the slow cooker for tomorrow. First time to try it this way and perhaps with some yams in addition to the squash.

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12 months ago veganfrk

This is a great version of Senegalese peanut soup! I prepared it this evening, making just a few tweaks and it was wonderfully rich and satisfying. I added a few teaspoons of ground coriander seed, subbed about a third PB2 for some of the peanut butter (to lighten it up a bit), and added the juice of half a lime. I served it over short-grain brown rice....yum! Thanks for the lovely recipe!

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12 months ago Layla Corcoran

How large is the can of tomatoes you use? 16oz? 28 oz?

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12 months ago plainhomecook

I use a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes, with the juice - I just throw the whole thing in.

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almost 2 years ago Jaime Surgil

Sounds amazing!

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almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

I made this tonight and we really loved it! I have to admit that there was a point during the cooking that both the smell and look had me a little worried, but after the immersion blender went in and I tasted the stew, I realized that it had cooked itself into a delicious flavor!

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almost 2 years ago Claire Dorsey

Thanks Sheryl and plainhomecook! I appreciate your responses and am ready to take a stab at this recipe.

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almost 2 years ago plainhomecook

Good luck! It really is wonderful - I doubled this and served it as the vegan option at a community dinner not too long ago, and everyone wanted the recipe - Gema's given us a gift.

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almost 2 years ago Claire Dorsey

Can this be made with other nut butters (for those of us with peanut allergies)?

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almost 2 years ago Sheryl Esparza

Claire, having made it, I would not see why you could not use another nut butter and garnish with the same nut for some crunch. Also I like to add cilantro vs green onions as my garnish. Maybe cashew butter would work for you or almond butter. I even think you could add coconut milk to this dish. Bon Appetit! Sheryl

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almost 2 years ago plainhomecook

I had no peanut butter one time and ground up some cashews in my food processor and used those instead, plus some chopped cashews for garnish. It was still really good.

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over 1 year ago With The Grains

After discovering my peanut butter was too old, I substituted almond butter, and it tasted great! I like the coconut milk idea as well. So many options, and then you have dinner for a few nights! Here was my rendition- http://withthegrains.com...

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almost 2 years ago Dan Hanley

Thank you Sheryl!

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almost 2 years ago Sheryl Esparza

You are welcome Dan, so glad you had such a wonderful celebration dinner!

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almost 2 years ago Dan Hanley

Hi everyone! It turned out AMAZING! No flavor stronger than another, I guess it just smelled that way. We both loved it! I am so excited!

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almost 2 years ago Dan Hanley

I am making this right now. It is at the simmering part. I am a bit nervous as I smell cumin strongly. But from what I have read here I have a lot to look forward to! And I hope it's OK to use my Vitamix for the blending???

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almost 2 years ago Sheryl Esparza

Hi Dan, I am a friends with you on yours on facebook page! I halved the cumin. Do make it again and try it with less if it is too much for you, I usually tweak every recipe that I come across. You will love this stew it is rock star! Sheryl

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almost 2 years ago Sheryl Esparza

Oh and Dan, just pulse your Stew in the Vitamix

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almost 2 years ago adele93

if canned lentils are being used, when should they be added?

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almost 2 years ago idocmeg

Has anyone tried this in a crock pot?

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almost 2 years ago Charlotte Everett

Yes, I have. Worked well.

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almost 2 years ago Kim Potter

How did you do? Throw it all in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs?

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almost 2 years ago Charlotte Everett

Pretty much, yeah. And used less liquid. Also left the kale out until about 30-40min before the end.

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almost 2 years ago tracey shafroth

I have made this twice and it is so good...rich and so so good Just made six quarts for next weeks soup swap!