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Veggies and Jollof Rice

  • 2 ½ Tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • ¼ cup white or yellow onion, diced
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • ⅓ cup green peas
  • 1 cup canned black-eyed peas
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ⅛ tsp curry powder
  • ⅛ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup store-bought pre-cooked brown rice or wild rice mix
  • 1 cup swiss or rainbow chard, chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced thin on a bias (diagonally)
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed
  • ½ mango, peeled and diced

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ inch fresh ginger, minced
  • ¼ jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
  • ½ Tbsp Sriracha


  • 1. In a steamer basket, add green beans and carrots and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
  • 2. In a medium skillet, add ¼ cup vegetable broth and warm over medium-low heat. Add onions and saute for 3 minutes or until translucent.
  • 3. Add ginger, bell pepper, green peas, and tomato, and saute for an additional 5 minutes or until tender.
  • 4. Add tomato paste and spices, and cook for 1 minute.
  • 5. Add remaining ¼ cup vegetable broth and black-eyed peas, and reduce heat to low.
  • 6. Add swiss chard and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
  • 7. Add cooked rice and stir to combine well.
  • 8. Remove from heat.
  • 9. To make the peanut sauce, process the peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, and Sriracha in a blender for 30 seconds. Add water as needed to achieve a smooth, creamy consistency.
  • 10. In a medium to large bowl, add the peanut sauce to the veggies and jollof rice (one-pot rice dish). Stir to combine well.
  • 11. Divide rice mixture into two bowls, and garnish with steamed green beans, carrot, and diced mango.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. You can substitute tamari for soy sauce for a gluten free option.
  • 2. If avoiding peanuts, you can use another nut butter or sunflower seed butter.
  • 3. For a quick version, use a store-bought peanut sauce free of animal products and added oil.

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