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What is Maafe?
Maafe is an African dish and the name means “peanut butter sauce.” It’s also known as groundnut stew. Many varieties dot the continent.
It originated in West and Central Africa. Some versions have even been found in on the Southeastern Seaboard of the US. Most assume the recipe traveled here during the slave era.
I have tried several versions of this recipe and have finally settled on this one as my favorite maafe recipes.
Most recipes include meats like chicken or lamb. This vegetarian version contains tofu, and I’ve lightened it by using PBFit powdered peanut butter instead of peanut butter spread.
I love PBFit because it’s all natural, non-GMO, and contains 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter. The best part? PBFit has just 55 calories per 2 TBSP serving, making it the perfect way to moderate the calorie count this otherwise calorie-laden dish.
Feel free to substitute 2 TBSP of traditional nut butter or your favorite powdered peanut butter. This blog article isn’t a sponsored post. PBFit is just one of my favorite weapons in my arsenal to lighten recipes, like this groundnut stew (Maafe).
To make prep faster, I use one package of pre-cubed tofu. Nasoya makes a good organic version.
Variations: Tofu isn’t your thing? Substitute a can of rinsed kidney beans. You can also add in 4 oz of baby carrots to the potatoes and turnips. Maafe’s strength lies in its versatility. Substitute your favorite root vegetables and proteins. Hint: it freezes well. Double the batch and freeze the rest for another night.
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