African Peanut Stew with Quinoa – The Recipe ReDux

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African Peanut Stew with Quinoa |

Ironically, our recent move from the city to the country has made me surprisingly aware of how food trends predicted for 2013 are already impacting on our lives! (Ironic because, of course, most Americans aren’t moving to the country – but more on that in a minute.) This month’s Recipe ReDux theme was to take just one of the many 2013 food trends and apply it to a one-dish meal. This version of African Peanut Stew incorporates at least four trends – but in the end it’s all about how it tastes. And when I served it to dinner guests (yes, it’s that good!) it got rave reviews!

My friend and colleague Janet Helm has a great recap of several of the 2013 food trend predictions here. And when I go down Phil Lembert’s list here, I see how the following are already becoming part of our new routine here in the country:

Sustainability — Stop Wasting Food – We now live about 10 miles from the nearest supermarket. So it’s not like I’m going to throw four kids in the car and drive 20 miles round trip to pick up some spice or a can of beans or a veggie I don’t have on hand. I improvise with what’s in my pantry. Or I cook up the dried beans that are always in the pantry; quick soaking beans takes only an hour and then another 30 minutes to cook.

Men in the Supermarket and Kitchen – My husband drives around a lot for his job, so I’m always sending him to the grocery store since he’s already out and about. Sometimes he comes home with a $7 toothbrush that wasn’t on the list. (Yes the $7 toothbrush is still operated by your own hand – but is is very shiny and silver and made to appeal to men!) But usually my guy sticks to a list better than I do.

Smart Home, Smartphone – Who doesn’t text their husband the grocery list?

The Story Behind Our Food – We can walk to our neighbor’s house a quarter of a mile away to pick up a dozen eggs for $1. Last time we were there, my 5 year old, found a few eggs in the hen house and carried them home in her pocket. (Luckily they didn’t break.) OK, I know this scenario isn’t the norm – at all – but I do know farms are becoming much more welcoming to consumers. Organizations like Local Harvest – where you can find locally produced food near you are popping up everywhere.

The Economy — New Proteins – I wasn’t really surprised when the family we invited over for dinner mentioned they were vegetarian. Our family eats a few meatless meals a week, but truth be told, I did want to ‘impress’ our new friends and was at a bit of a loss as to a vegetarian entree that would be ‘special’ enough to entertain guests, yet tasty enough for kids and a meat-loving husband. But this African Peanut stew is packed with ‘new proteins’ found in recipes all over the web. This recipe is a compilation of about 20 internet recipes with ingredients like protein-rich quinioa, lentils, and nut butters.

Which brings us full circle…are any of these “new” trends actually new? If you ask me, most of these ‘trends’ encompass a style of eating my great grandmother would’ve recognized (minus the smartphone!) Hey, even men shoppers aren’t totally new – remember in Little House on the Prairie how Pa and the rest of the menfolk used to to all the shopping when they went to town once a season? (However, they likely didn’t bring home the ingredients for African Peanut Stew!)

African Peanut Stew with Quinoa |

African Peanut Stew with Quinoa – The Recipe ReDux


  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, diced in 1/2-inch
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled, diced in 1/2-inch
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili, or to taste
  • 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 or crunchy peanut butter
  • Cooked quinoa or brown rice
  • Garnishes: Roasted peanuts, pickled peppers, and steamed baby spinach or kale (another trendy ingredient!)


  1. Stir together all ingredients through salt/pepper and 2 cups water in a slow cooker until thoroughly combined. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours on high. Stir in corn and lentils, and let heat with cover off.
  2. Just before serving stew, stir in peanut butter. Serve over quinoa or rice with peanuts and pickled hot peppers, if desired

Have you found any “new” food trends that are really rather ‘old?’
Check out my fellow Recipe ReDuxer’s trend tracking posts:

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  1. says

    Loved reading your blog! Very funny and so very true. My husband always comes home with at least one extra item that was not on the list… The recipe sounds awesome, I’m a huge bean fan (as you can tell by my recipe post this week!) so gotta try this one.

    • Serena says

      Funny! Good luck with the hubby…I’ve had OK luck with mixing brown rice and quinoa…and getting my hubs and kids to eat quinoa!

  2. says

    This looks wonderful, and I have wanted to do an African Peanut Stew for sometime now. I imagine even without the white potatoes (for us Diabetics) it wouldn’t miss a beat. I happen to have a few sweet potatoes I need to use and I love the addition of lentils. Great recipe.

  3. Jo Marie says

    Serena, I really enjoy reading your blog. I love quinoa, but will pass on this recipe as I am allergic to peanuts. But if I wasn’t I would make this dish!

  4. says

    i totally hear you about guys bringing home things not on the list- such as a big tub of ice cream and extra fancy flavored water! on a side note- this peanut stew looks like something I need to make today. I love the peanut flavor in anything and with a side of quinoa- YUM!!!

  5. Ball Husband says

    First, the toothbrush was $5 not $7, I have a bad habit of not looking at how much things cost when I purchase them – only to pay the real price when I get home.

    Second, until I read this, I didn’t know I had ever eaten quinoa. I must say it was very good. So Kat, just cook it up and don’t tell him what he is eating. It works very well around here.

    Serena’s Husband and the owner of a fancy toothbrush

  6. says

    This sounds really cozy and delicious, and I love peanut butter in all forms! I don’t have a slow cooker but would love to get one now. This months theme is wonderful, I’ll have to take my time going over all the great recipes. :)

  7. says

    This is such a informative yet hilarious post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, Serena..and your husband’s comment above! “the owner of a fancy toothbrush” haha!!
    I’m so amazed and jealous that you can get your hands on the freshest eggs for just $1 a dozen!! Can I move into your neighborhood?
    This recipe sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to try it!! I actually have all the ingredients in my pantry right now!

    • Serena says

      Thanks Min. My husband was quite proud you thought his comment was funny. (:
      You are welcome in my country ‘neighborhood’ any time…I would adore having you as a neighbor!

  8. Concerned says

    Hi, a little confused here…. While this stew looks and sounds quite tasty, what exactly about it makes it “African”? I (and many like me) find the use of broad “ethnic” descriptors extremely offensive. (Other examples include Asian, Latin, South American, etc.) Africa is a large continent filled with many different groups of peoples and their own distinct cuisines.

    Please think more carefully about this in the future.

  9. Martha Smith says

    Thanks for putting this on here. One of the first real dates that my husband and I had we attempted to make chicken peanut stew (because of our love for Africa). It turned out like chicken with peanut paste, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. I will give this one a try and see what he thinks. Love your blog. Keep it up, friend! Oh, and I always laugh about what Eric ends up bringing home from the supermarket :)

  10. says

    Love the way you wrote about trends – great take on them! Especially texting the grocery list to my husband. Do that all the time, even if it’s just two things, and then he still calls me from the store! :) Love it. Your recipe looks delicious!


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