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African Yam Stew

1/2 cup black riceAfrican Ya Stew

1 onion, chopped

2 cups chopped mushrooms

2 T fresh minced ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 4 oz can diced green chilis

1 small bunch of kale, finely chopped

2 pounds sweet potato, cut in 1/4 inch cubes

5 cups water or broth

1 T cumin powder

1/2 t ground cinnamon

1/2 t ground coriander

1 14 oz can chopped tomatoes

1 6 oz can tomato paste

3 cups cooked garbanzo beans

1/2 cup no salt natural peanut butter

1/4 cup chopped cilantro


Boil 1 cup water, add rice, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook until tender, 25 – 30 minutes.

Saute onion in a large soup pot until it starts to brown. Add ginger and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add green chilies, 2 cups water, kale and sweet potato.* Cook until kale and sweet potato are tender. Add spices, tomato products and beans. Cook until heated though. Stir in peanut butter (cashew butter can be substituted), cilantro and cooked rice. 

*Since sweet potato takes longer to cook than kale, I like to cook it ahead of time and add it at the end of cooking. I often keep sweet potatoes on hand in the refrigerator to have for a snack. They are one of the highest nutrient foods and most economical. 

Spring Asparagus Soup

Spring Asparagus Soup

This Spring Asparagus Soup is wonderfully fresh and lite. It would go great with one of my patties or sandwiches found here.

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites






1 pound fresh asparagus
1 small onion, chopped
4 white button mushrooms, sliced
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 tablespoon tahini
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Sea salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Snip off tough ends of asparagus, then cut stalks in half.

Place in a saucepan with the onion, mushrooms, and cup water. Steam until tender.

Blend cashews with 1 cup water until smooth. Add cooked vegetables to the blender jar with remaining ingredients and blend. Leave a little bit chunky or blend smooth. Salt to taste.

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