Vegan Gambian Peanut Chickpea Stew (Domoda) with Instant Pot Instructions

As the weather gets cooler (maybe not for a long time), all I keep thinking about is this Vegan Gambian Peanut Chickpea Stew. Based on a groundnut stew called Domoda, it is the perfect quick, plant-based weeknight meal especially for those fall chilly nights. Plus, the leftovers get better as they sit. We love that #thecuttingveg #eatrealfood #soup #africanfood #plantbased #vegan

As the weather gets cooler (maybe not for a long time), all I keep thinking about is this Vegan Gambian Peanut Chickpea Stew. Based on a groundnut stew called Domoda from Gambia, it is the perfect quick, plant-based weeknight meal especially for those fall chilly nights. Plus, the leftovers get better as they sit. We love that

Originally posted in January 2017. Updated with cultural context + photos

If you have been following me on Instagram or reading my recipes, I think y’all recognize that I LOVE me a good stew. Even in the summer, when everyone else just wants salad or some grilled chicken, I say bring on those roasty toasty kind of meals. Those meals that taste good sitting in fridge for a couple of days, the spices all mulling about for and playing off of each other. Those meals where you enjoy them more sitting in your leggings crossed legged on the couch with your fav blanket. Oh yeah.

It gets me tickled just THINKING about it.

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Butternut Squash, White Bean, and Green Chile Chili

Because we need a green chile chili around these parts… say that five times fast!

I have a couple of chili recipes on this blog, mostly due to the fact that I love warm bowls of beans on cold winter nights (I mean, can you blame me?). I love em also mostly because I can make a HUGE batch of goodness in my Instant Pot and have meals throughout the week. That means I don’t have to clean my kitchen so talk about a WIN WIN!

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Miso Maple Glazed Squash with Brown Rice and Brussels Slaw

Pump up your Monday and squash the competition. These colorful bowls are just perfect meal prep for the week!

Here’s the thing. This bowl is bordering between grain bowl and salad. And, right now, because I am feeling virtuous, I am going to call it a salad.  Here’s the thing, I love salad, but salad with iceberg lettuce and weird dressing? No, I do not love that kind of salad. What’s worse is a salad that is wilted before I even put the dressing on! No thank you! Whenever I make salads, I make them big, colorful, full of different veggies, and I always finish them off with cheese. Always.

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Harissa Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash

This weather lately has got me thinking about the Mediterranean lately. Specifically how I wish I was out of the cold, DC sadness.

This weather is just a roller coaster of emotions. It is cold one day, then hot the next day, then a freaking blizzard two days later. I have been feeling so stir crazy lately, which might explain all of these crazy dreams I have been having lately. I think my unconscious is definitely playing into my desire to travel this year. Except why does my brain think it is totally normal for me to roll out of bed, onto a horse, to a flight to Japan?

I really need to get some more sleep

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Buttery Roasted Cardamom Carrots with Feta and Pistachios

This post was sponsored by Brummel and Brown

 Hey you! Let me introduce you to my new favorite go to New Year salad. That really should be the alternative title of this post

To be honest, salads can often be, well, so boring. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I pretty much eat a salad every day of my existence. And I love them so much. But I find most renditions of a salad to be completely lacking in flavor and/or heartiness. Have you ever shown up to a restaurant and get a bowl of sad iceberg lettuce, two (why is it always two?!) cherry tomatoes, and maybe a sliver of red onion?

Those salads give salads a bad rap!

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My Go-To Formula for the Savory Breakfast Grain Bowl

Breakfasts for me used to always be sweet. Maybe because I am such a sweetie.

I definitely inherited my mother’s sweet tooth, because I always wanted pancakes, waffles, or that yogurt that is basically chocolate mousse in a cup. Do you know what I am talking about? Yoplait Whips were definitely breakfast food back in my 10 year old mind. That being said, I also love a good eggy meal…only I usually make them for lunch or dinner instead of breakfast. I dunno why, but it might have to do with the fact that I never really got into eggs until I was in college. Being a vegetarian and in need of some protein, I learned to get over my dislike of eggs. I still ate pancakes, but eggs were just such an easy option for a busy college student at 9 PM who had not eaten anything

So on weekend nights, I virtually inhaled omelets

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Stew-y Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Capers, and Grilled Halloumi

Oh hey, look, another chickpea recipe! 

And it’s a recipe that just screams summer, which we all need right now because Monday is not the most summer-y day of the week. Ok ok, for real though, I feel like Mondays just require fun food, you know? Just something to push us into the thralls of the week ahead. Especially after testing some pretty dicey mango recipes yesterday and feeling like I had the ultimate sugar rush.

One might say I’m part mango now.

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Roasted Eggplant “Sabich-ish” Salad

Hey yo! It’s BBQ season!

LEt’s be real, BBQ season is probably my favorite kind of season. It is the time of year when bread, cheese, grilled vegetables, and wine can come together for an acceptable sort of meal. That’s kind of why I like meals in bowls. It makes snacking feel acceptable. Plus, who doesn’t want to curl up with their snacks on the couch?

If you try dong that with a plate, I can tell you from experience it will not end well.

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Dal Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It is here! It is finally here!

I know I have been promising y’all a dal recipe for some time. And I have finally got around to posting about it. I know it makes absolutely no sense for me to be posting a warm, stew-like creature of a meal during some of the hottest days we have had thus far, but I cannot help myself! It is just so rich, so filling, and yet made of wholesome ingredients.

Plus, when warm stew-like creations ever stop me before? I’m melting and still rocking this.

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