There is just something about the winter months that has me craving warming bowls of delicious spicy steaming vegetables that goes beyond just lusting after the warmth. There’s something almost nostalgic about prepping, cooking and ingesting big honking bowls of spiced ingredients that certainly hits the spot when the weather is cold and grey. And this one does just that – it hits the spot.
I’ve been wanting to create something like this for a while and now seems the perfect time to do so. So, I introduce you all to my delicious and warming sweet potato, cauliflower and peanut stew – a wonderful combination of nourishing vegetables perfectly covered in a creamy nutty sauce, which is then topped with even more toasted nuts for extra crunch and oil that melts into the soup creating the most mouth-watering dish you will ever try.
You can eat this as it is, serve with fluffy quinoa or rice or with some quick and simple flatbreads (I have a quick step by step tutorial on how to make the best effortless flatbreads here) as they are the perfect vehicle for soaking up and scooping up all that gorgeously rich liquid.
The best part about this dish for me, is that you are able to easily adjust the level of nuttiness in the stew based on your own preferences and personal taste. For me, I like it super peanutty (is that even a word?! It should be!) so
I add in three heaped tablespoons to make it extra nutty and creamy – but you can easily add more or less depending on your desire or even swap out for almond or another nut or seed butter of your choice.
The base of the stew is velvety and rich which coats all the delicious vegetable chunks that float inside and make that belly happy and full. I wanted to create something that was a mixture between a soup and a stew, giving you the best of both worlds, something we all need when it comes to comfort food. More for less.
But this is no simple dish – even if it’s simple to make. The flavours are perfectly combined together to pack a punch of spice but be mellowed out with the nuts and creaminess of the butter, and then jazzed up with fresh herbs on the top – and not forgetting those all-important roasted and toasted nuts which are the perfect addition to a traditional crouton – same crunch, but on a completely different level.
The recipe is super simple to create and because it’s cooked all in one pan, makes the washing up a breeze! I always make sure to make extra portions when creating this recipe because the flavours are even better the next day once they have had a chance to develop and infuse all the wonderful components, plus it freezes and keeps really well making it the perfect meal-prepping dish. Just portion out and freeze in jars or individual portions and thaw overnight in the fridge – it can be kept in the freezer for a few weeks.
It’s also super adaptable meaning you can use up any leftover veggies in the fridge or swap out for your favourite ingredients.
- If you want to omit the tomatoes, just add in a little extra stock with a pinch of sugar. Or use tinned in replacement of the fresh – just reduce the amount of liquid you add to the pot later.
- Use soy or an extra 1tbsp of sea salt in replacement for tamari sauce.
- Change the cauliflower for another vegetable – broccoli, all kinds of squashes, courgette or mushroom work great. Peppers also work very well, especially if they are roasted and charred beforehand.
- Like a bit more heat in your dish? Add in extra chillies for a super spiced kick!
- Swap the peanut butter for your favourite almond or other nut or seed butter.
- Use ground cumin instead of cumin seeds if you can’t get your hands on them.
- Replace the coconut milk and/or yoghurt with your favourite plant based alternative.
- Toast some coconut instead of the added peanuts on top or combine them both together for a great alternative topping.
If you like this recipe, why not give one of my other soup recipes a try?
My Smokey Red Pepper and Lentil soup is perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons, especially if it’s a little grey outside.
This Creamy Mushroom Soup which is drizzled with Truffle Oil is made even more luxurious with the addition of Sourdough Toasts which are the perfect little accompaniments to dip and delve into the creamy velvet soup.
And finally the dish that has been awarded my all-time-favourite – my Moroccan Spiced Lentil and Chickpea Soupa favourite for multiple reasons – you seriously need to try it!
I really hope you love this delicious soup as much as I do; make sure to post and tag with @rebelrecipes #rebelrecipes if you make this dish so I can see and repost your gorgeous creations!
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