|This delicious soup is sure to be a hit in your home. Not only is it super easy to make, but it is highly nutritious. This is a variation of a traditional dish that originates from Africa, where yams were a major component of the indigenous diet. Yams are high in B vitamins, fiber and Beta Carotene. They are a much healthier alternative to the regular white potato. If you cannot eat peanuts, just substitute the peanut butter with almond butter like I did.|
Yam vs. Sweet Potato
This recipe can also be made with Sweet Potatoes. In North America the terms yam and sweet potato are used interchangeably, for a tuberous root vegetable that has pale to dark orange flesh. But the actual yam plant originates in Africa and is from a completely different family. A true yam has a thick, dark brown skin, white flesh inside, and can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh up to 150 pounds!
African Yam and Peanut Soup Recipe
What you need:
|3 large yams (or sweet potatoes), peeled and chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 tsp ginger, peeled, chopped fine
1 cup of vegetable broth
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
¼ tsp cayenne
1/3 cup of 100% natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
What you do:
1. Chop the yams, onions and ginger and place in a medium pot.
2. Add 1 ½ cups of water, broth, sea salt and cayenne. Heat over Medium-high heat to bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until yams are soft.
3. Remove pot from stove and allow it to cool slightly. Use a hand blender or food processor to puree the mixture. Make sure mixture is not too hot.
4. Add peanut butter to soup mixture and reheat. Sprinkle cilantro on top.
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