Cassava Leaves Stew

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Published on January 23, 2022Last updated on January 25, 2022

This vegan cassava leaf soup is an incredibly delicious stew made from the leaves of the cassava plant. It is highly nutritious as well!


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This vegan cassava leaf soup is an incredibly delicious stew made from the leaves of the cassava plant. It is highly nutritious & enjoyed throughout Western African countries like Sierra Leone, Liberia, & also Eastern African countries lượt thích Kenya.

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Vegan cassava leaf soup:

The instructions on how lớn prepare this tasty dish were shared with me by one of our readers, Angie from Kenya. It is extremely popular in her country & it is often eaten with ugali.

I decided khổng lồ use fresh cassava leaves because I have an abundance in my garden. However, you can substitute with store-bought frozen leaves that are already grounded.

Cassava leaves cannot be eaten raw, but when they are properly cooked they are a deliciously healthy dish. You definitely can comfortably enjoy this delicacy without any worries.

The plant-based diet has become common among nutrition enthusiasts. Most people have found the need khổng lồ embrace all the greens lượt thích kales and pumpkin leaves. If you get bored of the normal ones, try something different!

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Cassava leaf benefits:

Cassava leaves are just as important as the roots, but with a cảm biến of carbohydrates & mostly additional calories. It might sound absurd that someone would prefer the leaves và not the roots.

However, on top of the many calories that the leaves have to offer, they have a quality roughage touch. They are vegetables with a green supplement that contains vitamins and many nutrients. It is vital that the leaves are fully cooked, khổng lồ kill and eliminate all the toxins in the veins.

These leaves are one of the best when it comes to lớn the provision of calories & offers carbohydrates with a cảm biến of minerals.It has several vitamins lượt thích vitamin C, riboflavin, & thiamine, which is optimal when a person dries và then cooks the leaves.The fact that cassava leaves have starch sida in digestion. The beneficial bacteria found in the gut is nourished and the outcome is having easy digestion. The digestion of other foods is enhanced và made comfortable when you địa chỉ cassava leaves lớn your diet.Someone can make the cassava leaves part of their primary diet since they are not harmful khổng lồ health. They have a low concentration of fat, và therefore will not affect the normal functioning of the body.
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Cassava leaf soup recipe:

Fresh or frozen cassava leavesAvocado oilOnionGarlicBell pepperGreen onionsTomatoVegan bouillon cubesCoconut milkWaterScotch Bonnet pepperPeanut butterSalt khổng lồ taste

How to make cassava leaf stew:

Bring water to boil in a large pot over medium-high heat.Remove the stems off of your cassava leaves và discard them, then wash the leaves.Add them lớn the boiling water and boil for about 5 minutes. Make sure all the leaves are fully submerged in the boiling water.Remove from heat and discard the water, using a colander. Rinse và squeeze the cassava leaves.Place the cassava leaves in a food processor and process until finely crumbled.Add chopped onion, garlic, bell pepper, green onions, tomato, và bouillon cubes in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.Heat a large saucepan with avocado oil over medium-high. Add the blended onion mixture và cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.Add the blended cassava leaves, coconut milk, water, and Scotch bonnet pepper.Bring khổng lồ a boil, then reduce heat to lớn simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.Add the peanut butter and kiểm tra the seasoning, adding salt khổng lồ taste if necessary.

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Instructions for using frozen cassava leaves:

Thaw frozen cassava leaves, drain, rinse, & drain again.Add chopped onion, garlic, bell pepper, green onions, tomato, and bouillon cubes in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.Heat a large saucepan with avocado oil over medium-high, add blended onion mixture & cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.Add the cassava leaves, coconut milk, water, andScotch bonnet pepper.Bring lớn a boil, reduce heat to lớn simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.Add peanut butter and check the seasoning, then địa chỉ salt to lớn taste.

Why shouldn’t I eat raw cassava leaves?

Cassava can have many side effects, especially when eaten raw. When the leaves are not fully cooked, there is a chance that people will have cyanide in their bodies.

Do not be too scared by this, there are many common foods that also have cyanide! Some examples are almonds, tapioca, and even spinach. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Remember, prevention is better than cure.

The following are some of the side effects that someone can get when they eat raw cassava leaves:

The legs can get paralyzed due lớn the high level of cyanide in the body. The outcome can be deadly, and this is highly common among children.It hinders the absorption of iodine, making a person experience problems lượt thích goiter and this can be harmful khổng lồ the overall health.The pollutants lượt thích pesticides that are mostly concentrated in the leaves may be a reason someone is experiencing the deadly problems.

Again, none of this will happen with properly cooked greens. Just be sure to keep raw cassava greens away from children & pets.

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Final thoughts on vegan cassava leaf stew:

Cassava leaves are so delicious và healthy. They have awesome nutritive elements, especially for someone that has opted khổng lồ be vegan. They offer many nutrients that might be deficient in the other types of foods.

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