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Chickpea and Sweet Potato Satay

Our quick-fix version of an Asian-style favorite harmoniously combines sweet, salty, spicy and sour flavors with protein-packed chickpeas and vibrant vegetables.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Yield: Serves 2 (can easily be doubled to serve 4)

Notes:

This dish can be served on its own (because it's so yummy) or on a bed of steamed grains, such as brown rice.

For those with peanut allergies: You can use alternative nut or seed butters in this recipe and achieve equally delicious results- sunflower seed butter and cashew butters in particular will work well.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 medium brown onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 lbs (approx. 700g) of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into inch-thick pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 x 15 oz. (425g) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)

For the Satay Sauce:

  • 1 ½ tbsp. crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. salt-reduced soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar or tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 tbsp water

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients for the satay sauce in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large fry-pan or wok, add the 1/2 cup of water, onion, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes; cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes. Add the sweet potato and cook for a further 12 minutes, adding more water as necessary to prevent sticking. Add the bell pepper and celery and cook for 3-4 minutes, until slightly softened.
  3. Add the chickpeas and satay sauce, and cook at a high heat for about a minute, until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and serve immediately, sprinkled with fresh coriander.