Peanut Butter Greens

Peanut butter in your greens? It’s delicious! This recipe is from the Culinary Nutrition Collaborative’s Taste from Around the Globe conference that I attended featuring Southern African cuisine. Peanut butter is as staple seasoning used in many Southern African dishes and here it is mixed with greens, lending a creamy, rich texture and a brilliant nutty, depth of flavor.

Peanut Butter Greens


8 cups greens (mustard, spinach, Swiss chard or collard greens), thinly sliced

1 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1/2 cup diced onion

2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

Red pepper flakes, optional


  1. In a large sauce pan, bring water to a boil and salt to a boil. Add leafy greens, top with tomatoes and onion. Turn down the heat and simmer, covered, mixing together until greens have softened.
  2. Remove the greens from the pan and set aside. Using the liquid (pot likker) that is left in the pan, add the peanut butter and simmer for a few minutes until it forms a smooth sauce. If the sauce it too thick, add a small amount of water until desired thickness. If the sauce is too thin, simmer longer to reduce. Add the greens back to the pan and toss to coat with the peanut butter sauce. Add red pepper flakes if desired.

Recipe from Cordialis Msora-Kasago, MA, RDN, Culinary Nutrition Collaborative

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