Sweet potatoes and peanuts, both available at the market this week, are a match made in heaven for hearty dishes that stave off that cool-weather chill! Sweet potatoes are valued for their potential to reduce the risk of cancer. They also add fiber to the diet, and provide vitamins A, C, B-6, plus potassium. Their pleasing flavor is useful in both sweet and savory dishes.
Peanuts are actually not a true nut, but are technically a legume (like beans). They are low-fat and low-cal compared with other nuts, and are a good source of protein and fiber. Peanuts also give protection against heart disease and provide energy for the body.
Many cultures have combined these two ingredients, from Asia to Africa to the Americas. The dishes have common themes, but three main variations are listed here:
Stew-serving this concoction over cooked rice makes an even heartier meal
Soup-add coconut milk and fish sauce to give this dish more Thai flavor
Salad-for these still-warm days of early fall!