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“Special Occasion” Sweet Potato-Peanut Stew with Coconut Rice
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“Special Occasion” Sweet Potato-Peanut Stew with Coconut Rice

If you're like me, you might wonder how to create delectable "special" holiday or celebration food that is appropriate for a vegan table. Well, this dish fits the bill! It's incredibly creamy and satisfying and features a symphony of amazingly subtle flavors. It's my absolute favorite for the winter holidays, but you can whip it up for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. It's not as hard to make as it sounds...give it a try!


  • 2 large red garnet sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 Tbs. cooking oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • Optional: Peanuts for garnish
  1. Pour oil into a stew pot and add the prepared sweet potatoes, turn on medium heat.
  2. Add cumin salt, cayenne, and cinnamon. Let sizzle gently for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add garbanzo beans, broth, tomatoes, and peanut butter. Stir until blended and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low-medium and cover, stirring occasionally.
  5. While stew cooks, prepare rice

Coconut Rice:

  • 1 tsp. margarine
  • 1 tsp. peanut oil (can be omitted for another tsp. of margarine)
  • 1 tsp. prepared lemon grass herb blend from a tube OR 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup jasmine or basmati rice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp. white pepper
  • Optional: shredded coconut for garnish
  1. Add margarine and olive oil to a saucepan
  2. Add lemon grass blend OR ginger, cinnamon stick and rice to pan.
  3. Sautee two minutes on medium-low heat
  4. Add coconut milk, sugar, salt, lime juice, white pepper
  5. Bring to a simmer and stir
  6. Cover, lower heat to low and simmer 15 minutes until done. Fluff.
  7. Garnish if you like.

Serve the stew over the rice and garnish with peanuts or lime wedges. Goes exceptionally well with light white wines or Belgian style beers! Enjoy!



*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    This sounds delicious and I love coconut. Vote#1. Check out my tasted radish recipe and vote if u like. Don't forget to vote for yourself.
    1. Kristin Barton
      Kristin Barton
      Thank you, I will!
  2. Veganara
    Voted. Mmmm, this sounds absolutely dee-lish!
    1. Kristin Barton
      Kristin Barton
      Thank you! Yes, it's completely delish...I made it tonight for dinner and my omnivore hubby even loved it! And his nickname around here is "Meat Man." I just love vegan dishes that are so rich that even meat eaters love them.
  3. garima mahendru
    yum!... can aslo try my recipe creamy mushroom and crispy corn pasta...and vote if u like!
    1. Kristin Barton
      Kristin Barton
      Thank you....I don't see the vote, but appreciate the sentiment!
  4. evalovesbend
    Sounds great! I love coconut and am always looking for recipes with it. Voted. Check out my post Vegan Churro Chips and dip and vote if you like it :)


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