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Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew

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This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It’s also gluten-free and vegan!

This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!

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Let’s say hello to my most favourite new dinner recipe – one that’s perfect for the transition from winter to spring, and basically cooks all day while you’re at work for one low-maintenance weeknight dinner!

This new obsession of mine? Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew.

I don’t know about you but stew gets a bad rap in my household. Whenever my parents think of the word stew they automatically go to their parents’ old school stew recipes with overcooked chunks of beef and little in the way of nutritional value save for some iron, and maybeeeee some vitamin A from the few carrots that were in there. Okay, so my grandmas weren’t good cooks. I’m glad the bad cooking gene stopped with them.

So even though this is technically a recipe for peanut stew, I guess stew is kind of bad word for it – it’s mostly a curry. You can mop it up with some delicious naan bread, or serve it alongside basmati rice for a hearty, super-filling vegan meal.

This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!

Or if you feel like you need a little bit of extra protein of course, you can always add in some diced chicken. I’ve definitely done that before. In fact, in the three weeks since I initially made and photographed this recipe, I’ve already made it again for my weekly lunch prep last week. It really is that good.

It even got my mom’s seal of approval after I convinced her that this was not in fact her interpretation of what stew is.

Aside from my own personal feelings about the flavours, this Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew really is a one-pot wonder. It’s packed with veggies – sweet potato, onions, garlic, red pepper, spinach and cilantro – but what really makes it taste so unique is the curried, tomato sauce. Yes, it’s got peanut butter!

This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!

Peanut butter is my new favourite for curries – and not just those of the coconut milk variety. If you ever make a green curry from home, or even order one at a restaurant, you’ll know that it’s the spicest Thai curry on the menu. If you love the flavours but can’t quite handle the spice, peanut butter is my secret weapon. It undercuts the spice in a way that doesn’t dull the flavour, and it blends so beautifully to turn any curry into a creamy, savoury sauce.

While I eat peanut butter almost everyday, it’s usually in combination with some other kind of sweet thing, like on an English muffin or in a cookie, or with sliced apples. Well, peanut butter is also fantastic in savoury, salty recipes too, and if you’re not a big fan of it with sweet things, you likely will be with a recipe like this because the flavour is so different.

This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!

While traditional African-Inspired Peanut Stew recipes call for just sweet potatoes or a combo of sweet potato and chicken, I’ve added in some extra veggies like red peppers, spinach and cilantro to boost this recipe’s nutritional value. That way, you don’t have to cook or create anything else on the side. Who’s got time for salad or side vegetables? My mantra for quick and easy weeknight meals? Just add in some extra veggies – whatever you’ve got on hand really will work.

The key though is to stir the red peppers and spinach in near the end of the cooking time. So let’s say you go to work and leave this cooking for the day. I would recommend adding the red pepper in maybe 20 minutes before you’re about to serve it and then stir in the spinach and cilantro immediately before eating to ensure the veggies don’t break down too much.

This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!

Top these bowls with a little extra cilantro and some chopped peanuts for a crunchy garnish and voila, your next weeknight win. Or weekday lunch prep while you’re out running Sunday errands or, you know, while you’re out and about having fun on a weekend.

This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!

Will you be making this Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew? 

I am seriously in love with this internationally-inspired recipe. You really can’t go wrong with a cheap and easy weeknight dinner that cooks all day in the crock pot while you’re at work. You don’t have any excuse for why dinner isn’t ready on time from now on!

And as usual, if you try any of my recipes be sure to let me know on InstagramTwitterFacebook or in the comments – I’d love to see what you come up with!🤗🤗🤗

This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!

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Slow Cooker African Peanut Curry Yum
This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!
This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!
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Rating: 4.67
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Course Curry
Cuisine International
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6-8 hours
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This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!
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Rating: 4.67
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Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker except for chickpeas, red pepper, spinach, cilantro, peanuts and rice. Cook on high for 6 hours, or low for 8 hours.
  2. Within the last half hour of cooking time, add chickpeas and red pepper. When ready to serve, stir in spinach and cilantro, reserving a bit of cilantro or serving more for garnish. Top each bowl with peanuts and serve with basmati rice.

This Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew is a hearty, savoury chickpea and sweet potato curry, served with basmati rice and topped with cilantro. It's also gluten-free and vegan!

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4 Comments

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    Danielle
    April 10, 2017 at 11:28

    I saw curry and slow cooker and thought “this recipe is for me.” This looks delicious and so easy to make! Chickpeas and sweet potatoes are wonderful. I can’t wait to give this a try.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      April 10, 2017 at 11:57

      Thank you so much Danielle!!! This really is one of my favourites – let me know if you end up trying it 🙂

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    Sarah
    May 3, 2017 at 06:53

    This looks delicious! What kind of curry do you use? Also, have you ever tried using dried chickpeas and just leaving them in for a longer period of time?

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      Taylor Stinson
      May 3, 2017 at 08:24

      Hey Sarah! I just use plain dried curry powder. And no, I haven’t tried using dried chickpeas! Usually I just have cans of them kicking around the house. You could try that method though if you have experience using dried legumes. I don’t unfortunately so I can’t recommend going that route just because I’m unsure of how it would turn out! Hope that helps 🙂

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