Burning fat Swahili Village style

The facts:  Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs) are  a type of fat found in olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocados, peanut butter, and chocolate, and they have just one chemical bond (which is why they are called “mono” unsaturated). One Danish study of 26 men and women found that a diet that included 20 percent of its calories from MUFAs improved 24-hour calorie burning by 0.1 percent and fat burning by 0.04 percent after 6 months. Other research shows that MUFAs zero in on belly fat. Specific foods that are high in MUFAs—especially peanuts, tree nuts, and olive oil—have been shown to keep blood sugar steady and reduce appetite, too.

Ground Nut/Peanut Soup

Bearing this in mind, it is a good idea to come down to Swahili Village where we are now running our $8.99 special Tuesday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The specials include a peanut soup and chapati that will be offered on Fridays only.

Peanut soup is a staple in many African societies.   Made out of crushed peanuts (or groundnuts as some people refer to them), they are mixed with spices to create a tasty peanut soup that is eaten with vegetables and ugali or chapati.  Here is the recipe for you, or stop by and try it out in our restaurant.  Remember, peanuts help burn belly fat, so it will be well worth the meal.

African Peanut Soup
Source: All Recipes

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 large red bell peppers, chopped
2 Celery stalks chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes, with liquid
8 cups vegetable broth or stock
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
2/3 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
whole Peanuts for garnish (optional)

Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium high heat. Cook onions and bell peppers until lightly browned and tender, stirring in garlic when almost done to prevent burning. Stir in tomatoes, vegetable stock, pepper, and chili powder. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Stir in rice, cover, and simmer another fifteen minutes or until rice is tender (it took over 30 minutes for the rice to become tender, keep an eye on it after 15 min). Stir in peanut butter until well blended, and serve. Garnish with peanuts and some peppers.

Enjoy your meal and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter. We highlight lots of great deals on our website and Foursquare, so don’t forget to check-in each time you visit us, to unlock additional specials.


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