Thursday, December 19, 2013

Missing My South Africa!

It seems like life has really taken me away from my blog! I apologize to those of you that look forward to reading. But for now, I’m back for at least another one more! As some of you may know, I just to back from South Africa! What an amazing trip it was! Not only is it stunningly beautiful there in all different kinds of ways…not only did we see all kinds of animals, but the people truly made the trip special and I will hold a small place in my heart for South Africa always. That said, one thing I wasn’t too wild about was the food. Our accommodations were pretty much catering to a European clientele and for the most part it was just boring old fine dining! But I did manage to talk one of our lodges into making traditional African food. I believe the quote goes like this, “Melvin, I want to eat what your mother cooked you as a kid!”

So one evening we had a huge barbeque with South African food that you could find on Melvin’s mother’s table and holy smokes was it good! All of it. However, the best thing on my plate was African Peanut butter spinach! I don’t think it is any secret that I love peanut butter. I love it so much that I typically plop a spoonful of it in my chicken soup! Don’t judge! I just don’t happen to eat it too often. But this dish was so delicious and nostalgic that I just couldn't stomach replacing the peanut with almond butter! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

3 plum tomatoes, diced
½ small onion, diced
1-5oz. box baby spinach
1-5oz. box baby kale
3.5 oz peanut butter
1-2 Tbsp Coconut oil

Heat sauté pan over medium-low heat and add coconut oil. Sauté onion until translucent. Add tomatoes until soft. Then slowly wilt spinach and kale into the pan stirring frequently. When the greens are completely wilted, add peanut butter and stir until evenly coated. You may need to add a smidge of water to keep it thin(ish). Stir in salt and pepper and serve piping hot!

This couldn't be simpler to make. And to me it is seriously delicious. Not just because of my sentimentality to the trip, but also because, DUH…peanut butter makes everything better! I encourage you to try this even if it sounds strange to you! But if you need me to send some pictures of giraffes to truly enjoy it, let me know!

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