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What to make with groundnuts and peanut butter

There are many different versions of peanut butter stew in Africa

Make three easy recipes with the African Gourmet today, Chicken Peanut Butter Stew, Vegetarian Groundnut Soup and Homemade Groundnut Butter Recipes. If you are concerned about the taste of peanuts overpowering your dish, do not worry as peanuts absorb the flavor of ingredients it is surrounded by.


Chicken Peanut Butter Stew

Chicken Peanut Butter Stew
Chicken Peanut Butter Stew


African groundnut stew recipe with chicken, the peanut butter adds richness and complexity this delicious African food recipe.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

Ingredients
2 large chicken breasts, chopped
1 medium sliced onion
1 medium chopped green pepper2 cups whole kernel corn
1 cup smooth peanut butter
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups baby carrots
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flake
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Salt to taste

Directions
Boil chicken in 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth in a large pot for 10 minutes. Add onion, chopped pepper, carrots, tomato paste, salt, and cayenne pepper to chicken broth. Cook for 10 minutes. Add remaining broth to peanut butter and mix well. Add peanut butter to remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over rice or with Injera bread.

What are groundnuts?

Groundnut is rich in oil and protein and has a high-energy value. The largest producers are China, India, Nigeria and the United States of America, but many other African and South American countries have sizeable production. Groundnut provides high-quality cooking oil and is an important source of protein for both human and animal diets.

Known as a complete food, groundnuts contain on average 63% carbohydrate, 19% protein, and 6.5% fat, making it a very important source of dietary protein. The color of the seeds varies from black, dark brown, red, white, cream or a combination of these colors. Groundnuts are among the most important crops for small farmers in Africa, providing both food and income for households.
 
There are so many great health benefits from groundnuts. First, they have lots of fiber and are very filling. Yes it is true they do have a high-fat content but it's lots of good fat and they are very heart-healthy because they contain omega-3 fatty acids. 

Groundnuts s fat is very easily absorbed and they give us some fast energy, have lots of fiber that helps to keep us regular and helps us to feel so also all the way around nuts are good for you.
 
Vegetarian Groundnut Soup Recipe
Vegetarian Groundnut Soup Recipe

Here is another recipe to enjoy with groundnuts and peanut butter vegetarian style.

Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 40 min

Vegetarian Groundnut Peanut Butter Soup Recipe

Ingredients
2 medium onions, diced
1 sweet bell pepper, diced
1 cup groundnuts
½ cup whole milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 cups vegetable broth
Salt to taste

Directions
Grind nuts to a smooth paste. Peel, wash, slice and fry the onion in butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Heat stock and mix a little at a time with groundnut paste to a pouring consistency. Place paste, onion, salt, stock, and pepper in a saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Skim off any fat and add milk. Heat and serve with toasted bread of your choice.

Ethiopian bread and stew
Injera bread

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter

Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 40 min

Did you know that in the United States peanut butter by Law must contain at least 90% peanut in natural peanut butter the remaining weight is composed of peanut oil and salt and added sugar stabilizers and various additives to enhance shelf life and creaminess?

Well homemade peanut butter is much more natural and healthier to make.

Place 2 cups of shelled and skinned roasted peanuts and 1/2 teaspoons of honey 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Clamp-on the lid processing for one minute, now that is not going to become completely smooth but clumpy. now add in 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of peanut oil and mix for about 1 and 1/2 to 2 minutes or until it is nice and smooth. Since your homemade peanut butter does not contain any preservatives you want to keep your a homemade peanut butter in the refrigerator slightly sealed.

While you already know that you can eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon or pair it with jelly on bread for a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the options don’t stop there. Making peanut butter smoothies takes about 5 minutes to make just add ripe bananas blended together with creamy peanut butter to form this tasty mixture. Also, add peanut butter with tomato sauce and cinnamon and serve over chicken for the perfect tomato sauce.

Try peanut butter coconut sauce by adding cilantro, jalapenos and lime juice mixed with smooth peanut butter and coconut milk this recipe will become a family favorite. Do not let that jar of peanut butter fit in your cabinet or only come out to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches think outside the box by using peanut butter on more than just bread.

In Africa using peanut butter as the main ingredient in soups and stews has been a long traditional history in African cooking. Peanuts are a thickener, it is great for use in soups, and stews of all types instead of using flour or cornstarch try using peanut butter in your favorite soup or stew recipe the next time you make your favorite dish. If you are concerned about the taste of peanuts overpowering your dish, do not worry as peanuts absorb the flavor of ingredients it is surrounded by.

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter
How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter

Did you know?
Groundnuts and peanuts are used interchangeably but are not the same. The groundnut taste like chickpeas with a very mild flavor. Arachis hypogaea are the scientific name for groundnuts and peanuts are legume crops grown mainly for its edible seeds.

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