It’s a perfect time to think about soup now that the seasons and are changing from warm to cool. Today I am sharing a plant based recipe for Vegan African Soup that’s both hardy and delicious. It’s not a spicy soup as the title may suggest, but rather a filling meal that adults and children both enjoy. Plus, it’s easy to make!
Vegan African Peanut Soup with Garlic Whole Grain Crostini Recipe
-3 Tbsp olive oil– for soup and crostini
-2 medium yams coarsely chopped (makes about 4 cups)
-Organic carrots (about 2 cups, peeled & coarsely chopped)
-Truffle-infused oil ( I used Napa Valley brand from Grocery Outlet) — for crostini
-Organic Peanut Butter (I used creamy Maranatha brand, from Grocery Outlet)
-1 can of tomatoes (28 ounces)
-1 can coconut milk (13.5 ounces)
-1 carton of veggie stock (32 ounces)
-Bunch of cilantro (for garnish)
-Bunch green onions (for garnish)
-Loaf of Dave’s Killer organic whole wheat bread (I used the 21 Whole Grains & Seeds variety from Grocery Outlet)– for crostini
-Package of small peanuts (I used 5 ounces of Premium Orchard brand from Grocery Outlet)
-1 bulb of garlic (I used Christopher Ranch 3 pack brand from Grocery Outlet)
Here are some photos of a few of the ingredients I picked up at Grocery Outlet in their NOSH section. Would you look at those bargains!?!
Soup Instructions (makes 8 servings) :
In large pot on medium heat, warm olive oil on stove
Add in 2 medium onions (makes about 2 cups, coarsely chopped)
Let oil & onion sauté for 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally
Add in carrots & yams, sauté for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
Add a half tsp salt & dash of pepper
Add the 28-oz can of tomatoes
Add 1/4 cup coconut milk
Add 2 cups vegetable broth
Stir and bring to a boil then turn heat to low, cover & let simmer for 40 minutes (if water content gets too low add a 1/2 cup water)
On low heat, add 4 Tbsp peanut butter & stir
Use handheld blender (or transfer soup to an upright blender, but be careful – it’s hot) & blend to desired smoothness
Add additional salt & pepper to taste
Top with garnishes and serve with slices of crostini
Garnish: prepare by dicing cilantro leaves, green onions. Crush peanuts by using the flat of a chef’s knife.
-Slice bread into quarters (shaped like triangles).
-Toast under broiler (in oven or toaster oven), watching carefully until golden brown (approximately three minutes)
-Remove from broiler & set aside.
-Peel one clove of fresh garlic, keeping clove intact.
-Rub clove lightly onto each slice of toasted side of bread
-Drizzle Truffle-infused oil or use kitchen brush.
-Serve on the side with soup
This soup recipe is not spicy (kids as well as adults will enjoy). Yams & peanut butter make this a hearty protein-packed meal– perfect for the cooler months like autumn and winter.
I’d like to give a much deserved shout out to Grocery Outlet markets for providing some of the essential ingredients for this delicious recipe. To find out more about Grocery Outlet Bargain Markets, be sure to read the information at the bottom of this post, plus enter my gift card GIVEAWAY!
What’s so special about Grocery Outlet?
Shopping at Grocery Outlet is similar to other closeout discount stores like Ross or TJ Maxx– you just never know what items you’re going to find. Their stock changes from week to week; if you enjoy good deals and treasure hunts, this is the store for you!
After a trip to my local Grocery Outlet this summer, I discovered that there are many options (including well-known brand names) for plant based eaters like myself. From organic peanut butter to organic fruits and veggies, as well as non-dairy ice cream, and even vegan-friendly beauty products, Grocery Outlet has it all. I highly suggest shopping Grocery Outlet first before hitting up your traditional grocer or natural foods shop.
Plus, you can save up to 60% compared to other conventional grocers. Their NOSH section (my favorite) includes natural, organic, specialty and healthy items. Though it may take a little more time skimming the store shelves than your typical grocery store, I’m confident you’ll be surprised at the many treasures you can find from frozen foods, to packaged dry goods, to fresh produce, to beer and wine, as well as beauty products.
I am honored to team up with Grocery Outlet this week in giving away TWO $25.00 gift cards to TWO lucky U.S. winners! The gift cards can be used at any of Grocery Outlet’s 225 locations in California, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
To enter: Please leave a comment below explaining if you won, how’d you’d like to spend your gift card (please mention whether or not you’ve shopped at Grocery Outlet before). Two winners will be randomly chosen on Monday, October 12, 2015; be sure to have your entry in by 12:00 PST. Winners will be notified by email only and gift cards will be mailed by October 15, 2015.
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