vegetarian mafe (recipe)

Ok, so  this post is mostly so I can remember how to make this again, but also because it is awesome and you should try it.  A week or so ago my friend posted a link to this Sengalese Mafe recipe on Facebook and here’s how I made it last night with Ariel’s suggestions/substitutions.

Ingredients:

2 cups boiling water

1 tsp vegetable “Better than Bullion”

1/2 C peanut butter

2 Tbsp oil

1 large yam (cubed)

1 large green bell pepper (chopped)

2 medium sized carrots (chopped)

1 medium white onion (diced)

4 garlic cloves (grated)

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes (w/liquid)

1 can chickpeas (drained, rinsed)

2 Tbsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne

salt and pepper to taste

1 bay leaf

1 sprig thyme

1) Mix “Better than Bullion” into boiling water, whisk in peanut butter, set aside

2) Heat oil on medium-high, add chopped vegetables, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper and sauté until spices are absorbed and onions are translucent

3) Add broth/peanut butter mixture, chickpeas, tomatoes, bay leaf, and thyme to pan and heat to boiling

4) Reduce heat and simmer (stirring frequently) until vegetables are tender (the original recipe said 1 hr, I believe mine took 35-40 minutes)

5) Serve over rice

The results are this awesome, sweet/spicy, super flavorful vegetarian stew that even my carnivorous husband enjoyed.

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