If you can chop vegetables, you can make this recipe

The weather was absolutely horrendous in NYC yesterday (heavy rain and blowing wind), so I did the assigned Central Park Track Club fartlek workout on the treadmill. Did you know the running term “fartlek” means “speed play” in Swedish? It basically means you switch between running fast and easy. If you do a fartlek on the road, your fast segments don’t need to be timed. Instead you can run fast to the next mailbox or lampost and then recover (jog) before doing it all over again. Pretend it’s a game!

  • 2 mile warm-up
  • 5 x 4 minute pick-ups (roughly 1/2 marathon pace, ~7:10 per mile) with 90 seconds of recovery (~9 minute per mile pace)
  • 1.5 mile cool-down
  • 7 miles total

This workout was tough, but manageable. I was majorly sweaty (unusual for me), so I was especially thankful for the chilled, eucalyptis-soaked towels that my gym offers. My monthly membership to Equinox is definitely my most pricey expenditure (besides rent), so I try to make it worth it! Bring on the locker room goodies. I finished up with a little stretching, foam rolling, and core work afterward.

Workout complete? Check! Now it’s time for a fun recipe.

The other day I was intrigued by a wonderful creation I saw on the blog Caroline Dines. Peanut and sweet potato stew? Sign me up!  I altered the recipe quite a bit due to my own taste preferences and what I had in the pantry. This comforting winter stew is packed with quality carbs, protein, fiber, and healthy fats (peanut butter!). It would make an excellent post-run recovery meal. And it’s so easy to make! If you can chop veggies and stir, you can make this recipe 🙂

peanutty root vegetable stew

Peanutty Root Veggie Stew (Makes 4 servings)


  • 1 very large sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 large celeriac (a.k.a. celery root), peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz. canned tomato sauce (no salt added variety)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 generous Tbs cinnamon, 1 generous Tbs cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (or more! be generous)
  • 1 Tbs sriracha sauce
  • sprinkling of peanuts to garnish

stew ingredients


  • Place all ingredients (except for peanut butter, sriracha, and peanuts) in a large pot and cook on medium-high for about 40 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • I recommend covering the pot for the first 20 minutes of cooking and then allowing the stew to finish up uncovered. This will help it to thicken up.
  • Turn off the heat, add the peanut butter and sriracha, stir until combined.
  • Garnish with chopped peanuts and devour!

peanutty root vegetable stew

Nutritional information (per serving): 350 calories, 12 grams of fat, 48 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber. This recipe also provides a good amount of Vitamin A, C, and iron. Hooray!

If you could only eat 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be? I’d pick peanut butter, greek yogurt, and crinkle cut french fries.

  • I love how you worked peanut into this stew! Sounds fantastic.
    I would choose oatmeal, peanut butter, and greek yogurt

  • Sounds really yum. At this time in my life, I’d choose challah (egg bread), super crunchy red grapes, and ditto the Greek yogurt. Thanks for answering my protein Q, I was vegetarian for most of my life, actually–lots of cheese and eggs.

  • Fab recipe idea! I need to start making proper good post-run meals (I did my first FIFTEEN MILER today! SO pleased :D).
    Oh gosh,3 foods..that’s so tough! 2% Greek yogurt, kabocha squash and dark chocolate….but it would change after a month 😛

  • Jessica

    My 3 foods would be peanut butter, apples, and chocolate!

  • Katelyn

    Oh man, I was just thinking of this the other day! Definitely apples, cottage cheese and cereal. Oh maybe bananas too… and almond butter…. oh boy it’s so hard!

  • Gosh, PB makes the world go round doesnt it?! I love adding it to stir fries but this stew looks amazingly yum and easy so I’ll be needing to give it a go!
    I think we are twins in more ways than one Megan but your list of 3 foods you couldn’t live without is basically identical to mine – except I’ll take my fries any way I can get them!

  • Tough question!! Would I be eating these three foods with no negative impacts (like weight gain and nutritional deficiences)?! 🙂 If yes, I’d have to go with nachos, chobani yogurt and oatmeal. Yuck – altogether that sounds kind of gross.

  • Almond Butter, goat cheese, dark choclate although I couldn’t really make a meal out of this!

  • I could never pick favorite foods. It’s like choosing between your children. Although mushrooms would be on my list. The normal kind.

    And seriously, eucalyptus soaked towels?! Schmancy. If there are paper towels in the dispenser at my YMCA, I’m thrilled.

  • That sounds great! Okay 3 foods…I am going to go with:

    blueberry bagels
    peanut butter

    Wow…do I have random tastes or what?!

  • The stew does look tasty. Sweet potatoes and PB, hello party in my mouth! I think I’d choose Brussels sprouts, nut bitter and strawberries.

  • Thanks for the comment! I love reading your blog and I’m inspired to try some new recipes… I’m always looking for healthy ways to fuel and refuel my workouts and runs!

  • Ellen

    Chopping veggies, THAT I can do. This sounds very interesting and yummy. My three foods would be: cereal (with milk), oatmeal and pizza. Random!


  • My three foods would be spinach, greek yogurt, and bananas 🙂

    that stew looks so delicious, I might be trying that one day soon!

  • Mine would be peanut butter, pasta (any type!), and a burger! 😛

  • Awesome take on the stew! Glad you tried it with success!

  • Oooh, this is hard. I’m going to pick peanut butter, bananas, and either sweet potato or oatmeal

  • Yay! I’m so glad you tried that awesome stew. I still have a big batch of it in my freezer. Reading your post makes me want to pull it out and start defrosting it, ASAP.

    And yes, the weather this week has been reprehensible.

  • Ada

    Haha I love the word “fartlek”, though i think I use it a wee bit too often.

    Thanks for the great recipe idea, I look forward to trying it out!

    Hmm, three foods I could not live without are:
    1. yogurt
    2. sushi
    3. fruit

    I hope you stay dry in this horrid weather!

  • Lauren

    So I’ve actually been mulling this question over and have to say my top three are:
    Plain Greek Yogurt
    Peanut Butter
    Pizza (a girl’s gotta indulge!) 🙂

  • I’ve never tried celeriac before… is it easy to find? I love the use of peanut butter – it would definitely be one of my top three, along with bananas and oats 🙂