Nutty Spinach and Sweet Potato Stew

Everything’s better with peanut butter! I came across this recipe for a Spinach Peanut Stew from The Lotus and The Artichoke. I modified it slightly. It turned out alright. I wasn’t blown away by it, but it was a nice medley of flavors. I’d be curious to hear what others think!


  • oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled, chopped
  • 3-4 Tbls peanut butter
  • 1 Tbls tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c water
  • 12 oz frozen spinach
  • 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes
  1. Heat oil in large pot on medium

2. Add onion, garlic, pepper. Saute for a few minutes

3. Pour in 1/4 cup water and sweet potatoes. Cook 5 minutes, stirring regularly

4. Add tomatoes, reduce heat. Cook partially covered, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes

5. Mix peanut butter, tomato paste, salt, remaining 1/2 cup water in bowl. Add to the pot. Bring to a simmer

6. Add spinach. Cover and steam 5-7 min, stirring occasionally. Add slightly more water as needed

7. Sprinkle in 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes

8. When the spinach is done, stir a few times and turn off heat











2 responses

  1. Thanks for the link! I agree, it’s not the world’s most exciting dish, but it is quick and simple and tasty. You could also experiment with adding the red pepper flakes along with the garlic and onion at the start to infuse the cooking oil and overall flavors with more consistent intensity of the spice and heat.

    • No problem, thank you for writing! Well, add peanut butter to anything and I’m pretty much a fan. I did add a bunch of red pepper flakes (I love heat) and that gave it a little zip. I also omitted the broth powder, which may have contributed to a lesser flavor profile.
      I considered adding vegetable broth then blending to make a soup consistency; adding the spinach after. Maybe I’ll play with that next time. I love your blog!!

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