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Peanutty Stew

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 8 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label


1 cup instant brown rice
2 cups reduced sodium broth (any type, see Notes)
1 teaspoon dehydrated minced onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder or 4 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon ground ginger
⅛ teaspoon red pepper (optional)
2 cups medium diced peeled sweet potato or yam
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 ¼ cups nonfat or 1% milk
3 cups baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
¼ 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.



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

Image removed.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!

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.

I made this for dinner tonight using a 10-oz. box of frozen chopped spinach as suggested and bulgur since that's what I had on hand. It was very easy and quite good, but we added some extra garlic, ginger and some red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit. I will definitely make this again. 

This was an amazing dish. Peanut butter being (what seems like) a major food group in my life, this stew hit the spot. 

It was so easy to throw everything in the pot and go! One thing I recommend though is that if you use sweet potato, leave the stew simmering for longer than you think. After 10ish minutes of cooking as the recipe states, the cubes of potato were still fairly hard. So I left it on low heat and went for a little 25-min walk and it was perfect after that (and the flavors were even better after soaking on the heat for longer).

PLUS my younger brother who "hates chunky vegetables" ate an entire bowl. So if you have a picky eater in the house like I do, try this on them :)

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