On a whim I decided to do that thing where you give up something for a month and a half to prove how awesome you are. I decided that I was going to quit eating sugary snacks. A few nights a week, after my run, I’d decide to chow down on some Girl Scout Cookies, Butterscotch Krimpets, or Peanut Butter Eggs (or hearts or trees or pumpkins depending on the season). Not anymore. For the past few weeks anytime I have wanted a post run snack I’ve reached for fruits and peanut butter or a trail mix consisting peanuts and raisins. Instead of granola for breakfast it has been peanut butter sandwiches topped with bananas or raisins. I can safely say that it is like the second coming of George Washington Carver in my apartment.
On Monday I decided to skip the peanut after dinner thing and just make it a part of the meal itself. This meant sweet potato and peanut stew from the Naturally Ella Blog.
-1 Tbs. olive oil
-1 onion, diced
-1 clove of garlic, pressed
-1/2 Tbs. ginger
-red pepper flakes
-1/2 tsp. cumin
-1 carrot, diced
-2 sweet potatoes, washed and cubed
-2 1/2 cups veggie broth
-1 Tbs. Agave Nectar
-2 Tbs. Peanut Butter
-4 cups spinach
1. Heat the olive oil in a stock pot. Add the onions and saute until they are fragrant. Add the garlic and ginger and cook a few minutes more.
2. Stir in the salt, cayenne, red pepper flakes and cumin. Cook until the spices are fragrant.
3. Drop in the sweet potatoes and carrots. Pour in the veggie broth and Agave Nectar. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for ten minutes. Add the peanut butter and cook for an additional ten minutes.
4. Use an immersion blender to smooth out the stew. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from the heat and stir in toasted peanuts. Top with hot sauce. Eat.
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