Oldways Senegalese Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew

About recipe

In partnership with Oldways, our dietitians recently led class participants on a culinary journey through African foods in our “A Taste of African Heritage” nutrition education class. Attendees learned how to prepare spices and herbs, leafy greens, whole grains, beans, tubers, fruits, and vegetables that have sustained Africans and their descendants for generations. A popular recipe featured in class was Senegalese Sweet Potato Peanut Stew.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped into medium-sized cubes
  • 1 large carrots, cut into thin half-rounds
  • 2 green zucchini, cut into thin half-rounds
  • 1 (15-once) can of diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

African heritage spice:

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 6 tablepsoons peanut butter
  • 3 springs fresh thyme, minced, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • Salt to taste



  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot on medium heat and saute the onion and garlic until translucent (3 to 4 minutes).
  2. While the onions and garlic cook, chop up the sweet potato, carrots, and zucchini.
  3. Add sweet potato and vegetables to the pot; saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, and curry poweder, and bring to a boil. Simmer for another 10 minutes or so.
  5. After 10 minutes, add peanut butter and thyme to the stew. Let it cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Salt to taste, serve and enjoy!

Nutritional information

This information is per serving.

  • Calories240
  • Calories from fat11
  • Saturated fat1.5 g
  • Protein7 g
  • Sodium280 mg
  • Fiber7 g
  • Sugars11 g
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