African chickpea stew

What do you eat when you have a really busy week? Do you cook simple meals like eggs and salads? Do you snack your way through the day instead of cooking? Do you rely on take out?

I often do all of these things, but one of my favourite ways to get through a hectic week is to make a big batch of soup or chili. That’s what I did last week when I was studying for my clinical nutrition midterm and needed every precious second to study (it went really well, by the way!).

I have a bunch of soup recipes that I always make, but this time I decided to try out something new because a recipe for African chickpea stew had caught my eye. I decided to make my own version using sunflower seed butter, and I came up with this wonderfully sweet and nutty stew that is perfect for the chilly fall weather!

African chickpea stew

African chickpea stew

Serves 4 | Vegan and nut free

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1-1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 sweet potatoes, chopped into cubes
4 cups vegetable broth
2 tbsp sunflower seed butter
2 cups cooked chickpeas
6 cups chopped kale
3 cups cooked brown rice

Heat up the olive oil in a large pot. Then add the onion and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes until the onion is translucent. Then add the garlic, ginger, coriander, and sweet potato. Cook for another minute, then add the vegetable broth. Increase heat and cook covered for about 20 minutes, or until the sweet potato is soft. Stir in 2 tbsp sunflower seed butter, the chickpeas, and kale, and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve over brown rice.

African chickpea stew

I’m sad all the leftovers are gone now, but I actually just made another awesome soup for dinner last night – I’m on a roll this week!

What is your favourite soup or stew recipe?


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14 Responses to African chickpea stew

  1. This stew looks amazing! Totally random side note but I had that Krause's book for college too and it is such a great resource! I still refer back to my Krause's textbook now for clients! Hang on to everything! It will be super helpful!

  2. Glad your exam went well! That stew looks tasty…I made chili last week myself. Stews and chilis are some of those dishes where I love having leftovers – they taste better!I bought a butternut squash at the market this last weekend and I'm thinking a butternut/apple soup is in order. :-)

  3. wow that looks delicious, I would love to cook with you. you would teach me so much!

  4. dang that looks sooo good!!! I need to make this.

  5. This looks awesome! I need to take a page from your book and make a stew for the week of exams I have coming up!

  6. Oh this stew looks amazing! I'm kind of ashamed to admit it, but I'm a total newbie when it comes to soups and stews. I love eating them, but hardly ever make them and I have no idea why… and then when I -do- make them, it's usually always the same kind lol. My all time favorite soup, though, would probably have to be a simple tomato soup that my mom makes. Served with rice and a dollop of sour cream, it'slike my favorite thing in the world.

  7. This looks sooooo good! I love the flavors of tagine's and such, so I bet I'd love this just as much. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Nommm this looks glorious lady! I honestly might make this TODAY, perfect for a big meal you can keep on bringing on the go

  9. Ali

    Yum! I definitely want to try making something like this in the fall or winter. I usually have small meals throughout the day and they're usually little hodgepodges of things like carrots, hummus, tomatoes, yogurt, granola bars, and then the big things like noodles, meat, fish, or soup. My mom's bean soup has been my savior for the past week–great protein and so yummy! So this recipe will probably have the same effect :)

  10. I love ginger, but have never had it in a nutty type dish. I really want to try this dish though because those combinations sounds so delicious!

  11. Black bean soup for me please! I also like broccoli cheddar :)

  12. Alison Smink

    Just made this soup, having it for dinner right now! Tastes delicious :)

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