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Peanut-Squash Stew

Real Simple FEBRUARY 2004

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time:1 Hour
  • Other:1 Hour


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 yellow onions, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small green serrano chili, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 28-ounce can tomato puree (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 medium acorn squash - peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch-thick crescents
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 16-ounce cans black-eyed peas, rinsed
  • 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts


Prepare the rice according to the label directions. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook about 15 minutes. Add the ginger, chili, garlic, salt, and cumin. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Add the broth, tomato puree, peanut butter, acorn squash, and sugar. Cook over medium heat, covered, until the squash is tender, about 30 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas and heat through. Transfer half the stew to a small saucepan and add the chicken (if using). Sprinkle with the peanuts and serve with the rice.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 173mg
  • Calories: 766
  • Calories from fat: 0%
  • Carbohydrate: 110g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fat: 28g
  • Fiber: 17g
  • Iron: 8mg
  • Protein: 28mg
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 5729mg

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