Spicy Peanut Stew

This ended up being even more delicious than I thought it would be! It’s a little spicy, a little tangy, and a lot of comforting.

I only used 2 sweet potatoes, but they were HUGE (image below next to a standard box grater and 6 inch (blade) knife for comparison). You may need 4 or so if they are more regular sized.


1 onion, diced
1.5 tbs ginger, grated
1 ½ tsp garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin
2 lbs or so of sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 cans tomato paste
1 cup smooth peanut butter
8 cups vegetable broth
1 bunch kale, stems removed and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Rice prepared your favorite way
Hot sauce if desired


You can use an instant pot for this, or go with a stock pot. I have directions below for both.

Sauté onions, garlic, and ginger for 2-3 minutes.

Add cumin and sweet potatoes and continue to sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Add tomato paste, vegetable broth, and peanut butter. At this point, if you are using an Instant Pot, pressure cook for 10 minutes, allow to depressurize for 10 minutes and then release if not already done. If you are using your a stock pot, bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are soft.

Once the potatoes are done, use an immersion blender or mixer to mash the potatoes to your desired level of smoothness. Add the kale and allow it to simmer another 10 minutes while you finish up your accompaniments. Salt to taste.

Serve with rice, chopped peanuts, chopped cilantro, hot sauce, and some homemade garlic sourdough bread if you happen to have it handy (ha!).

Instant Pot Spicy Black Beans

They aren’t really instant, but they are pretty fast. You can do this in any pressure cooker, though I made them in the IP today.

1 pound dried black beans
1 onion, diced
2 jalapeño, sliced
5 cups water or vegetable broth
2 TBSP cumin
2 cans Rotel tomatoes (or just diced tomatoes and add another jalapeño)
1 lime, juiced
Salt to taste

– If you would like to soak your beans for 6-8 hours ahead of time, you can cut at least 10 minutes from the time below.
– Combine all ingredients except salt in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
– Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes, wait 5 minutes and then quick release, or cook on high pressure for 30 minutes and natural release.
– Serve with tortilla chips and assorted goodies

Vegan Elote

I’ve only had elote once and it wasn’t actually on our trip to Mexico. But, I was thinking about it recently and realized I had corn coming in an Imperfect Foods order, so I decided to try to veganize it. I can’t really say that this is truly elote, so probably better to say that it is inspired by elote and the genius of whoever it was that thought, “hey, let’s put this stuff on corn!” It was quite tasty. I made my corn in the Instant Pot, but you don’t have to.

6 corns on the cob
1.5 tsp salt
1 /3 cup vegan mayo
1 /3 cup vegan parm **
Juice of 1-2 limes
2 /3 tsp chili powder
3 TBSP fresh cilantro

**Vegan parm – you can purchase it, or pulse almonds/pine nuts in a blender or food processor until a course level similar to parmesan. Mix that with some with nutritional yeast and/or garlic powder to taste.

Pressure cook corn on the cob – 1 cup water into instant pot, place corn on top of the rack/trivet. Cook at high pressure 2 minutes allow to cool 3 minutes then quick release.

Cover corn with vegan mayo, then vegan parm. Squeeze lime juice over corn, sprinkle with salt and chili powder. Add cilantro and eat while hot.