If you are looking for a comforting, delicious meal to warm you up from this inside out this winter season, this recipe will right up your alley! The spice from the cayenne pepper paired with the nuttiness from the peanut butter (or almond butter) and the sweetness from the tomatoes and red pepper is a combination like none other.
This would be perfect to eat curled up on the couch with a fire going and a Christmas movie or music playing in the background!
I served this over cauliflower rice because I had some in my fridge, but it can also be served over rice, quinoa or just eaten on its own; however you like it.
Ingredients you will need:
2 tbsp coconut, olive oil or water
1 white onion, diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced (deseeded and stem removed)
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato paste
2-4 tsp cayenne (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 cup natural, unsalted peanut or almond butter
2 cups coconut milk (I used light)
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
1 tsp salt
Recommendations to serve with:
1. In a large saucepan add oil (or water), onion, red pepper, garlic, and salt over medium-high heat. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently until white onions are translucent.
2. To the pot add in the tomatoes (with their juices), tomato paste, cayenne pepper, peanut butter, coconut milk, and chickpeas. Stir until evenly combined and add about a cup of water in.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower heat, cover, and continue cooking for about 20- 25 minutes.
4. Serve or cauliflower rice, quinoa or regular rice topped with cilantro or basil.
Recipe inspired by Minimalist Baker
Health Benefits from Ingredients in the Stew:
Basil supports brain function, relieves stress, anti-aging properties, strengthens bones, aids metabolism, anti-microbial properties, maintains eyes healthy, strong source of antioxidants
Bell Pepper boosts immunity, reduces inflammation, supports skin & hair health, protects eye health
Cauliflower boosts immunity, aids digestion, reduces inflammation & risk of cancer
Cayenne boosts immunity, improves circulation, helps reverse candida, promotes detoxification, aids weight loss
Garbanzo Beans supports satiety, weight loss, blood sugar regulation, aids digestion, lowers cholesterol
Garlic boosts immunity, reduces blood pressure, promotes detoxification & heart health
Olive Oil lowers cholesterol, promotes heart health, reduces inflammation
Onion boosts immunity, promotes heart health, reduces risk of cancer
Peanuts promote heart health, support neurological health, reduces inflammation
Tomato reduces inflammation, promotes heart health, may help reduce risk of stroke