African-Style Quinoa Stew

22 October

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 large leek, sliced in half-moons
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
2 medium celery stalks, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
2 cups tomatoes, pulsed to a chunky puree in a food processor
ΒΎ teaspoon dried oregano
cayenne to taste
sea salt and pepper to taste
6 cups stock of choice, more if needed
Β½ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
ΒΎ cup peanut butter
1 large bunch collard greens, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons tomato paste, more if needed to thicken
lemon juice, if needed to taste

1. Heat a large soup pot on medium heat. Add the oil, then the onion, leek, garlic, jalapeno, celery, and carrot. SautΓ© for a few minutes until the vegetables soften. Stir in tomato puree and spices, and season with some salt and pepper.
2. Add the stock and the quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer until quinoa is just cooked and the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
3. Add the greens and peanut butter. Stir to blend in completely. Add the tomato paste and simmer for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed, adding lemon juice for brightness or more tomato paste. Serve!

Serves 12

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