Vegan Tomato Peanut Stew [Recipe]

I tooootally forgot I meant to post this last week. Enjoy! I sure did.

Vegan Tomato Peanut Stew Recipe

Inspired by this peanut stew.


  • 1/3 large red onion
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (or more peanut butter – I ran out)
  • 3 medium, verging on too-ripe tomatoes
  • 2 small satoimo (taro) potatoes
  • large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 can of garbanzo beans (drained)
  • salt


  1. Put onions in a pan and cook on high-ish heat.
  2. Chop the tomatoes and add them, along with the nut butters. Reduce heat to low-medium.
  3. Add the potatoes (satoimo).
  4. Add the cilantro.
  5. Add the garbanzos.
  6. Cook for about 30 minutes, covered. Add salt, to taste.
  7. Serve with homemade bread (me) or rice (Bobby).

This is what satoimo look like:

Feel free to sub in a regular potato – I just didn’t have any on hand.

Before serving, I un-veganized it by adding parmesan (duh). I had this with my own homemade bread from the new breadmaker.


Do you eat stew? What is your favorite kind?


P.S. Please check out Natalie’s Hormone Survey! I might do a hormone post in the near future as well because I finally went to the doctor (I *finally* found a good one) and figured out what my dealio is.

Weekend Link Love – 08.28.2011

It’s been a while since I did one of these… But first an update: NYC is recovering from the hurricane (Irene) that passed through last night. To be honest, not much happened in Manhattan. I think the major damage occurred in the outer boroughs (poor Staten Island) and New Jersey (my mom is without power and water). Our power didn’t even flicker. On the plus side, I did have a mini Reese’s cup yesterday that I got at the hardware store. I love these things.

Our weekend went well. We mostly hung out with our neighbors (friends) and ate good food together. A few of us like to cook and all of us like to eat. This morning I went for a run (a little over 3 miles) after not having run for ages (at least 1.5 years?). It felt great. The subways are still not running so we can only get to places on foot (…or taxi). They probably won’t be running for the morning commute tomorrow so I plan on walking.

After my run this morning (err, afternoon) I did some yoga stretching and took a nice shower. Then we ate brunch together (6 of us) – bacon, eggs with homegrown jalapeno, homemade bread, and some various pastries. (If I didn’t mention it already, we moved into a building where our friends live – so we hang out a lot. Just like college, and it’s great.)

Weekend Link Love – Health & Food

Totally Random Link Love

How was your weekend? I hope anyone who was in Irene’s path is okay!

Recipe: Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

I made this simple salad for a dinner party I had on Friday night. Thanks for the idea, Mom! Thanks for Grandma’s beautiful china as well. We are making good use out of it. And thank you Dad for bringing it up and devoting a day to helping us move. (Perfect anniversary presents.)

Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

Slice up 1 very large cucumber (~2 cups). Slice 1/2 a large red onion (< 1 cup) very finely. Mix veggies together with 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 2 teaspoons dried dill. Serve slightly chilled. Serves about 4 as a side dish.

You know, food just tastes better with some wine. Here is what I’m drinking this week:

It’s a local wine that I got at a farmers’ market in Trenton last time I visited New Jersey. If you see it around, pick it up. It’s a great rose from Unionville Vineyards – slightly dry and incredibly flavorful.


Do you like wine? What is your favorite kind?

Manhattan Mornings & Walking Routines

Sometimes I walk along Central Park in the morning before work, and this is what I see.

The view up the east side of Central Park

The view down a side street (72nd or something) from the park

I think I prefer walking to all other exercise. BodyRock was a good experiment, but I only stuck with it about 2 weeks. I just like walking better, and too much intensity is not fun for me. BodyRock is a great workout if you are into that kind of thing though.


What did you do this weekend?

On Friday night I had a dinner party and had people over, yesterday I got a facial and then spent the day with various friends, and today I will probably be spending the day with friends and running some errands. Friends are the best part of living in New York.

Garden Beets and Nuggets of Wisdom

I just found this very insightful nugget:

The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.

From a fantastic article in the WSJ.

Guess what these are?

They are steamed beets from my dad’s garden. Tender, sweet, and fresh. The best kind of beets, I think. I’ve never had better. I like eating them plain or topped with yogurt, or in a sandwich. I’ll post the sandwich later.

What’s your favorite way to eat beets? What’s your favorite quote or nugget of wisdom?