1.07.2017

African Peanut Soup and Naan Bread

I love trying new flavors, especially at home. It's an adventure to try new recipes and ingredient combinations. Last week I made African peanut soup and Indian naan bread, and it was so delicious and flavorful I just had to share it here! 

My Grandma initially introduced me to African peanut soup with a delicious chicken soup recipe. I absolutely adore peanut butter, so anytime you can add that flavor count me in! This recipe gives a fresh twist by including kale and cilantro. This crockpot recipe is not only easy and SO flavorful, but it's also gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian. 





African Peanut Soup
ingredients:
1 Tbs canola oil
1 onion, thinly sliced

1 Tbs minced garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
6 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tsp salt
pinch of cayenne 
2 cups thinly sliced kale leaves
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/3 cup peanuts for garnish 

1. In nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 5 minutes until softened, stirring frequently. 
2. Add garlic and ginger, stir constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
3. Transfer onion mixture to a slow cooker. 
4. In a small bowl combine 1 cup broth with the peanut butter, whisk until smooth and add to slow cooker. 
5. Add remaining 5 cups broth and stir. Add tomatoes, salt, and cayenne. Cover and cook 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. 
6.  Stir in kale, cilantro, and peanuts immediately before serving. 

Daniel isn't a big fan of tomatoes, but he's fine with them blended up so I threw them in my ninja for a few seconds to make them less chunky before I added them to the soup.
For the naan I followed a recipe I found on Pinterest from Budget Bytes. This recipe had really helpful step-by-step visuals. Honestly, I am really bad at baking non-sweet breads and usually give the job to Daniel. I wanted to prove to myself I could make bread, and it worked! I made the naan on the griddle to speed things up and it worked totally fine. It takes a little time, but is definitely worth it. 
 The soup and the naan together gave us a wonderful, light dinner full of Eastern and African flavor. 
The soup recipe is based on African peanut soup with kale and cilantro from Weight Watchers Veg Power! book, a great resource for when you are trying to eat less meat and more produce. It's on Amazon at this link
What international flavors do you love to cook? If you enjoyed this recipe post check out my other dinner ideas like 2 Weeks Vegetarian, 4 Simple Stir Fry Recipes, and Make Your Own Pizza Night.

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2 comments:

Carrie said...

These are both unique recipes! I love trying new recipes, too... especially when it is a winner! I have been addicted to soups right now, I need to try this one!

Carrie
curlycraftymom.com

Midnight Cowgirl said...

That looks delicious!