African Peanut Soup
I would like to introduce you to one of, if not, the best soup to beat the chill in the air that comes with fall. It's hearty, it's spicy, it's savory, it's everything you didn't know you needed in a fall soup. Move over pumpkin!
So, full disclaimer: I have absolutely no clue why we call this the "african peanut soup", but we (my mom and I) have this cookbook. It's a book filled with recipes we've acquired over the years that we absolutely love, and the book has it named as such. I am not in the business of jinxing a recipe by changing the name, so here we have it. I feel like the first day of fall hit, and so did my allergies. Until my allergies get the memo that they are not welcomed, I will be using the spicy peppers in this soup to clear out these sinuses.
Any who, back to the soup. This soup does the job of getting in so many different flavors, and being a hearty meal without giving you a stomach ache afterwards... or in my case, cause any unwanted sinus issues. It also can be heat adjusted, but I like it a lil' spicy. The soup went a little something like this:
African Peanut Soup
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp olive oil 2 yellow onions, diced 4 red and green bell peppers, diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies (20oz)
1 tsp black pepper and red pepper flakes
4 C stock, chicken or vegetable 4 C water 1 C brown rice, cooked*
2 cups shredded chicken (sub with beans/lentils if making #plantbased)
2/3 C peanut butter, crunchy
1. Sauté onions and bell peppers in sesame and olive oil until soft. Add garlic and stir until aromatic.
2. Heat remaining ingredients (minus peanut butter and rice) in a pot or crock-pot until hot.
3. Take a small amount of warm liquid and mix in with peanut butter to dissolve. Once combined, pour peanut mixture into the soup and stir until blended.
4. Add rice and serve.
*rice should be cooked, and slightly al -dente (with a chew), so that heating it in the soup doesn't make it fall apart. If it's completely cooked, add immediately at the end.
You can adjust the pepper to your liking, and also sub the diced tomatoes for a can without chilies to tone it down a little bit.
I'm a bit of a peanut butter fanatic, so I will often add a little spoonful more when I re-heat it. Shh.
Pro-tip: look for "natural peanut butter", that has ingredients of peanuts... and that's it. Why? Many nut butters on the market are guilty of adding things like sugar, salt, and extra oils that can be not so heart healthy and not necessary! Do yourself a favor and take a few extra seconds reading those labels next time you're at the store!
Try this out to get those cozy fall vibes going!! Tag me @ATBNutrition and use #DiningWithDiva on Instagram to be featured!! Who else loves this weather?!