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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BBQ Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Keeping things comforting, but healthy with these BBQ Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Chickpeas are roasted until crispy and tossed in BBQ sauce. Plus, anything you put inside a sweet potato gets a yes from my dawg!

People ask me all the time what my favorite comfort foods are. The answer I give more often than not is potatoes in all of their forms. When I was a kid, comfort was going through the Wendy’s drive through to get a baked potato with broccoli and cheese. I never like burgers or meat as a kid, and this, to me, was heaven. Now, in these difficult times more than ever, I am leaning on some of my favorite comfort foods. And nothing says comfort like stuffing a sweet potato with all sorts of goodies.

Or maybe that is just me!

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Lemon Ginger Infused Veggie Soup with Orzo

This post was sponsored by Yogi Tea.

Feeling under the weather? This lemon ginger infused veggie soup has all of the ingredients you need to get you feeling in tip top shape. It is perfect for those cold winter months when all you want is to be nice and warm.

It’s soup season y’all! Let’s get at it!

I honestly could eat soup all day every day. It’s just one of those foods that is so cozy comforting during these cold winter months. My dad used to make one soup a week as a kid. That was as close to comfort food as you can get.

At least my version of it!

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Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto Hummus

Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto Hummus might be a side dish, an appetizer, or an entree, but it is definitely a home run if you ask me! Once you try hummus on pasta (especially this hummus!) you might not go back!

Quite honestly, now that we are in the throws of December, I am looking for all the cold weather goodness that I can cozy up to a fire to. Well, not exactly if I am honest. More like I’m streaming a yule log on a television set!

Yeah, that is probably more like 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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My Go-To Vegetarian Chili (With or Without an Instant Pot!)

This chili has been a lifesaver this week. Seriously.

It is 75 degrees in my apartment, but all I can think about is how good this chili is. Yeah, that is the craziest thing I have said all day. It is 75 degrees in February and, guys, it is DANG HOT. This time of year, I am usually all about blankets and sweaters and bowls of hot steamy goodness, but here I am, in shorts.

And yet, I am still craving this chili. This whole situation makes no sense.

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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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Yellow Split Pea Soup with Spiced Coconut

We all need a bowl of soup after this week. Who’s with me?!

It is the last Friday of 2017, which, thank goodness 2017 is OVER! And just like that the holidays are over. Hoping each and every one you had an amazing holiday season with your family. And, regardless if you celebrate or not, I hope you had a relaxing day off! 2017 was definitely a rebuilding year for me. I was taking classes, transitioning to a new job in a new city, and learning about this crazy blogging life while balancing my social life.

Balance is one way to put it.

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