My Meat-Loving Husband Can't Get Enough of This Simple Vegan Meal
I never thought I'd say this, but this Hugh Jackman recipe has become a staple in my family's diet.
Marriage is all about compromise—especially when I don't eat meat, dairy or eggs and my husband considers steak, cheese and eggs to be his favorite foods. But luckily, with two years of marriage under our belts, I have found a few recipes my wild game-hunting husband truly loves. And naturally, it was created by the guy who plays Wolverine in those X-Men movies. Who would have guessed?
We get a lot of cookbooks sent to us to review before they come out, and one in particular interested me—Dr. Mark Hyman's Food: What the Heck Should I Cook?. This is a "Pegan" cookbook—a term Hyman coined—that combines what he considers to be the best of the Paleo and vegan diets. Hyman explains in the forward of this book that though these diets prioritize different food groups, they have similar philosophies.
I flipped through to see if there were any strictly plant-based dishes worth trying and stumbled upon Hugh Jackman's African Sweet Potato Stew. And it became an instant hit in our house.
I've made this stew about a half-dozen times now, and it never fails. It's super healthy, yet so creamy and flavorful, thanks to peanut butter, curry paste, alliums and ginger. I also love tossing it in my slow-cooker and adding the spinach and peanut butter in a few minutes before serving.
You can find the recipe listed, here.
When it comes to getting your husband, kids, yourself or anyone else in your family to eat healthier, it's important to play to their palate. Sweet potatoes are one of the few vegetables my husband really enjoys, so I love to incorporate those into our dinners at least once a week. Also, knowing that Wolverine makes this recipe for his family was just really great propaganda for getting my husband to try this. (I personally prefer Jackman as Jean Valjean in the 2010 film adaptation of Les Mis, but that's just me.)
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We have a similar recipe at EatingWell that I can't wait to try out on my husband—Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque. Inspired by the same West African flavors as Jackman's recipe, the stew is creamy, spicy and just sweet enough, while warming you all over. This recipe has been reviewed 72 times on the site and is rated at 4 ½ stars, so you know it's good—plus, it's ready in just 30 minutes.
View Recipe: Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque