Senegal Maafe Stew

Senegal Maafe Stew

Based upon a traditional stew of West Africa, this dish offers a wealth of flavors, blending colorful vegetables with curry spices and peanut butter. You control the spiciness. Don’t worry about the long list of ingredients. It doesn’t take long to make; just let it simmer for about an hour. The smells in your kitchen will be wonderful!

2 Tbs. peanut oil
1 cup onion, chopped fine
2 cups chopped cabbage
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper, or to taste
2 tsp. curry powder, hot or mild
½ tsp. ground thyme
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
15-ounce can chopped tomatoes
15-ounce can vegetable broth
2 cups water
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 medium rutabagas, scrubbed and chopped
2 to 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cups fresh spinach
1 15-ounce can chickpeas
1 tsp. salt, or to taste

In a large cookpot, heat oil and add onion, cabbage, and garlic. Cook until cabbage is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in spices and peanut butter. Add tomatoes, broth, and water. Add sweet potato, rutabaga, carrots, and spinach; stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Add chickpeas and salt during the last 10 minutes.

Serve over rice.

jill’s african vegetable soup

Jill’s mom made this African Vegetable Soup for Jill’s stepfather. Now when Jill makes this soup, the aroma of the spices always makes her think of him.

1 Tbs. canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
4 cups water
1 28-oz. can tomatoes, undrained, chopped
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
1 bay leaf
1 small zucchini, diced
1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni

1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large stewpot. Add the onions, celery, and sweet potato and cook until onions are translucent.

2. Add remaining ingredients except for zucchini, garbanzo beans, and macaroni. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

3. Stir in remaining three ingredients. Cook, partially covered, over medium heat until the macaroni is tender. Serves 6.