Yum! We really enjoyed this, and I think it would be quite forgiving as far as using what you have on hand. I made as written with two exceptions: I used couscous cooked in veggie broth in lieu of rice and chili powder instead of red pepper for toddler DS's sake. Thanks so much for a vegetarian meal that even my DH says is a keeper!
I was nervous making this one. The ingredients seem a little strange and I had no idea what to expect. The end result was very good. We had it with a crusty bread. Very filling. I agree that the peanut butter (i used natural) and spinach should not be left out. I also think the corn and sweet potato need to be there. I will leave out the regular potato next time.
June 8, 2007: Delicious! I made it as written (but I didn't peel anything) and chose the pinto bean option. The unusual ingredient list was what compelled me to try this recipe. The peanut butter sauce was great. And there was just enough pepper heat. If you decide to make this dish, try it the first time without subbing. Don't leave out the PB or spinach. Substituting some of the ingredients would change this to a simple vegetable stew. This is comfort food. *** Edited on Sept. 15, 2008: I have to edit my review to mention that this freezes beautifully. I froze a quart and it was delicious when thawed. Even the white potatoes tasted fine. Thanks Pattikay.
I would probably rate this a 3.5. I reduced the bell pepper, used 2 sweet otatoes, used diced tomatoes and added Italian seasonings, left out the kidney beans. Instead of red pepper flakes, I tried some paprika. I think I might leave out the spinach next time. The p.b. really makes the flavor nice.