Feeding 5000…

© Daniel W. Erlander (www.danielerlander.com)

Okay, maybe not 5000, but more like 20?

I try to strive and continually struggle to live a compassionate life like Jesus did, but last night I wasn’t by any means trying to feed 5000 like he did (or even 20!).

It’s my turn to bring soup for our bi-weekly Life Group meet up with some wonderful ladies. (There are about 9 of us.)

Last time I accidentally burned the bottom of the soup when I was reheating it. So this time I have to redeem myself. We’ll see how much the ladies like it (or not like it) tonight!

My lovely friend and coworker (but not for too long :( ), Lindsey always has some great recipes up her sleeve. So I knew I had to go to her for something spectacular!

As I was walking out of the grocery store with my heavy reusable bag over my shoulder, I realized that I forgot to ask how much the recipe made.

I only bought what was written.

I gave Ms. Lindsey a ring. She told me that I should probably double it.

You’d think I would have been suspicious about the amount of ingredients I was buying all together. I don’t know what I was thinking! I think I might have been a walking zombie.

This is what I bought (and what you should NOT buy unless you want to feed a family of 20):

  • 4 lb sweet potatoes
  • 2 lb green beans
  • 4 cans of garbanzo beans
  • 2 large cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 sweet onions (and these were not tiny)

Uhhh… yeah. You’d think that the 4 lb of sweet potatoes would give me a clue!

(Well my excuse is that I only had about 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep the night before so I was definitely not with it.)

Fortunately, the soup tastes delicious so at least I have that going for me. Right?! :)

African Peanut Stew

 (Serves 8 ) <— I thought this might be helpful to you :P

  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 lb sweet potatoes
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lb fresh green beans, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 2 (14 oz) cans vegetable broth
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (you can use up to ¾ cup depending on how much you like peanut butter)

Place ½ cup water, onion, ginger and garlic in a large pot. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 min.

Add cinnamon, cumin, salt, crushed red pepper, and stir in, for 1 min.

Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, green beans, veggie broth and last but not least the peanut butter.

Bring to a boil and let the stew simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are cooked thoroughly.

Eat and enjoy!

I like peanut butter but I was a bit hesitant since this soup called for it. Don’t be fooled! Cause it’s Ahhh-May-Zing!!

Good thing my roommate likes peanut butter cause she took some for lunch today. Maybe I should start giving away food again. :P

As you can tell I created quite a mess in the kitchen when I was cooking. Usually I’m pretty good about cleaning as I cook but it looked like a tornado whizzed by!

Do you clean as you cook or create a big ol’ mess and then clean at the end?


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  1. This soup looks delicious! Even if I look at the recipe, I still manage to make too much. Since I am usually cooking just for me, you think I would halve most recipes. Nope. :) But I don’t mind eating the same thing for days.
    And yes, I make a HUGE mess in the kitchen. Your kitchen looks just like mine!
    Kristen (swanky dietitian) recently posted..Reading and Eating

    • I had to freeze a good amount of it. Hopefully I won’t forget that I did that. I’m notorious for leaving things in the freezer and totally forgetting about it!

  2. Looks yummy and healthy. Big fan of peanut butter so would definitely increase the amount.
    Nic@daydreaboutfood recently posted..Oreo and Pecan Roulade


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