Inner Warmth Peanut Stew

January is cold.  The warmth and immune system boosting power of this stew is a relief from the perpetual colds and flus and polar gusts that make January such a challenging month for a lot of us!  Hearty and rich in nutrients, this stew will stoke the fire inside to keep you warm.  

The Great Dane is located in Madison, Wisconsin and the food there is fantastic! In 2006, the recipe for their famous Inner Warmth Peanut Stew was released to the public… We are passing it along to all of you.  Enjoy!

1/2 cup olive oil (or coconut oil)
1 medium onion (diced)
1/2 cup minced garlic
1/2 cup minced ginger
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
2 to 3 pounds winter squash (butternut or acorn), peeled, cubed
1 quart tomato juice
1 can (20 ounces) diced tomatoes
1/2 tablespoons salt
1 medium bunch of cilantro, stems removed, chopped
1 cup plain peanut butter
cooked white rice


In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil. Add onions, garlic, ginger, pepper and squash. Sauté until ingredients start to soften, about 10 minutes.

Add tomato juice, tomatoes and salt.

Simmer until squash is tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife (about 5 minutes).  Add cilantro, then peanut butter and mix well.

Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. It should be the consistency of a thick stew.

For each serving, put a small portion of rice in a large bowl, and then add stew.

Makes 4 main dish servings.