Y’all know I love comfort food, but you might not know that I also love, love, love international comfort foods. Growing up on the west coast, there are many kinds of international foods that easily fall into the comfort category for me. West African food is something that I haven’t tried a lot of, but when I found out that West African Peanut Soup can easily be made vegan, I obviously had to try and make it!
First, I wanna say that this recipe is not completely authentic to real West African Peanut Soup, and is quite a bit sweeter and creamier to make it slightly more adapted to western comfort foods; and – obviously – this recipe is vegan!
When I first decided to make this, I wanted to make it for the unique flavors, and also ’cause I just wanted a hot soup that night; but when I made it for the first time in under 30 minutes and for less than $10, I realized that I was going to have to make it again… and again… and again.
This soup is served over rice (white or brown) and is made with full-fat coconut milk, plus it includes 1/2 cup of peanut butter per serving– so there are tons of healthy grains and healthy fats; plus sweet potatoes and spinach, which are super vitamin-rich! Personally, I’m not vegan for health reasons alone, but the health benefits of many vegan foods – including this soup – is definitely a nice bonus.
This recipe is delicious, comforting, healthy, vegan and can be made in half-an-hour for ten dollars– c’mon, you’re gonna make it.