G-Nut Special Sauce and Sweet Potatoes Recipe - Vegetarian Times

G-Nut Special Sauce and Sweet Potatoes


In Uganda, peanuts (or “g-nuts,” short for groundnuts) are featured in many meals, including this sweet potato dish with a luxuriously creamy sauce. Lauren Baker based her g-nut sauce on a delicious but laborious recipe from a Ugandan friend. “His sauce involved grinding peanuts, then boiling green peppers and tomatoes into a pulp with the nuts,” she says. She experimented after returning to the US and gradually adapted the recipe into this time-saving version that gets its flavor from tomato paste and peanut butter. Honorable Mention, 2006 recipe contest.

  • 2Servings


G-Nut Special Sauce

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 Tbs. smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)

Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tsp. peanut oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 5-oz. pkg. fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted peanuts


To make G-Nut Special Sauce: Combine broth, peanut butter, tomato paste, lemon juice and garlic in small pan, and simmer over low heat 1 to 2 minutes.

Poke holes all over sweet potatoes with fork. Microwave on high 7 to 10 minutes, or until soft; let cool in microwave.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion 4 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Add chickpeas, and sauté 2 minutes more. Stir in spinach, reduce heat to low, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.

Scoop sweet potato flesh into bowl, and mash with cumin, lemon juice, salt and turmeric.

Ladle sweet potato mixture into two bowls. Top with chickpea-spinach mixture, and cover with G-Nut Special Sauce. Garnish with peanuts, and serve warm.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 475
  • Carbohydrate Content: 60 g
  • Fat Content: 19 g
  • Fiber Content: 14 g
  • Protein Content: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 804 mg
  • Sugar Content: 18 g