The past week has been a bit of a whirlwind at our house. I started a very exciting new job with a company called Lighter. Transitional times- whether it be changing jobs, moving, or a shift in your family- are hectic, harried, and stressful. These times call for pulling back a little in other pockets of life, extra self-care, and a lot of deep breaths. These times also call for no-fuss dinners like this Slow Cooker African Peanut Stew.
Transitional times are pretty plentiful in life (maybe even constant?). Continuous shifting, re-invention, and evolution are all part of being human, a good part of being human. If you don’t hear the constant drumbeat of change as you march through life, it might mean you aren’t growing- that you are stuck and stagnant. After all, the impermanence of everything is one thing we can rely on.
So don’t save this soup for a time of crisis. Every day is a perfect day to slow down a little bit, to care for yourself a little more, and to fuss over dinner a little less.
- 1 sweet potato (unpeeled), cut into small cubes
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 1 14.5-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 14.5-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup red lentils
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of cayenne (optional)
- 2 handfuls chopped fresh spinach leaves
- Combine all ingredients except spinach in a slow cooker.
- Cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for about 8 hours, until sweet potatoes are tender.
- Right before serving, stir in spinach until wilted.