Mama Pea’s Spicy African Peanut Stew + Boyd on Things

You know what the holiday today is right? 8 month anniversary — that’s 2/3 of a year!! I’m saving that post probably for maΓ±ana. We’re watching the West Wing, and that’s not the kind of post I can multi-task.

Right now I have to tell you about my amazing dinner!!!

Mama Pea’s Spicy African Peanut Stew (via Peas & Thank You)

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed (about 1 c. total)
  • 1 1/2 t. curry powder
  • 1/2-3/4 t. garam masala (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 T. minced ginger
  • 2 t. minced garlic
  • stevia to tasteΒ  —> I skipped!
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes, in juice
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 c. vegetable stock
  • 2 T. natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. red lentils, drained and rinsed (subbed quinoa because I had it on hand!)
  • Optional garnishes: cilantro, chopped peanuts, sour cream or plain yogurt (vegan, if desired)

Directions: Combine all ingredients and cook in your crockpot on high for about 1 hour.

Aren’t those directions sweet? Sorry to brag on my own cooking, but this was amazing!! One of my favorite dinners ever!! Kevin really liked it, but I know he didn’t feel the same. He ate a hearty portion but didn’t go back for extra seconds. Telltale sign! If it was pizza, he’d eat every last slice. Or tacos. Or spaghetti. No matter how awesome the food is, it can never compete with The Boring 3. Lame.

We’ve been waiting and waiting to splurge the $1.99 on Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Puffs, and we decided our 8 Month annivesary was the perfect excuse. We’re rationalizers like that!

So delicious. I am proud to report that I didn’t eat the entire bag. Not even half! And trust me. I could!


In the spirit of Maddie on Things, I got Boyd on something!

Boyd on a bench!! And I’ll ask you to kindly notice that it’s a rather tricky bench for those little paws to maneuver. Go Boykin!!

Boyd was a little more CHICKEN about this little step!

But he warmed up to the idea when he realized how he easy it was to jump down.

Boyd & I ran a nice 2.21 around the hood. He needed to get out. He behaved badly. Like always. Check out my new pink sleeves!?! I picked them up the other day with my gift certificate for winning my division in the Snowman Stampede! And they coordinate nicely with orange!

When Kevin got home from work, we started the weekend with a quick 4 miler at the gym while watching Jeopardy! Friday has actually become my favorite day to go to the gym because it is SO dead. Mondays are the worst. I have to elbow people to get one of the “good” treadmills.

Holding hands on side-by-side treadmills. Could we BE any more annoying?! Okay, so I just did it for a second, and then thought it was ridiculous so I took a picture. No big surprise there!

Well, the Spicy African Peanut Stew will be made again in the NEAR future (and yes, I have a few leftovers), and that’s definitely a sign I love something because you know I don’t really like repeats. Except when it comes to hills. Haha. Get it?

Other favorite dinner ideas from the past: