One way I like to keep dinner fresh and exciting is by combining ideas from different cuisines around the world. Carnitas, which is classic Mexican fare, is made by braising meat until it’s so tender it falls apart when you go to cut into it. Instead of using traditional Mexican spices to flavor my carnitas, here I went with ingredients reminiscent of a Thai curry.

A nice balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy, the flavorful peanut butter sauce literally makes this dish. Mango salsa provides bursts of fresh flavor and a nice sweet contrast to the sauce, and crushed peanuts on top add texture. I served my Peanut Butter Beef Carnitas open-face on toasted slices of sourdough bread, but of course you can roll it in any kind of flatbread you like or even serve it on a bed of rice. It’s fusion food at its finest.

This is comfort food at its best. Don’t let the long cook time or the extensive list of ingredients put you off – dish comes together fairly quickly, and spends the rest of the afternoon simmering away on the stovetop, yielding meltingly soft beef and a complex sauce that layers roasty coffee and cocoa with smoky chipotle and rich Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.

Our version of the family dinner classic adds Crunch Time peanut butter for an extra dose of protein and great texture! A suite of spices also helps this meatloaf stand out from the rest. This dish is super easy to prepare and the leftovers are just as delicious the next day!

Meatballs are a lot of people’s favorite food, and in this recipe, we put a peanut butter spin on the classic dish. The Smooth Operator peanut butter helps bind the meatballs together in addition to providing a nutty flavor to contrast with the savory meat. Perfect for tossing with pasta or simply eaten on their own, these meatballs are as tasty as they are easy to make.

This dish is Asian fusion food at its finest, with a balanced flavor profile borrowed from Thai cuisine, cooking techniques borrowed from Chinese cuisine, and noodles from Japanese cuisine. A complex and perfectly balanced peanut sauce adds sweet, sour, salty, and umami flavors, and serves double duty as both a marinade for the meat and a sauce to garnish the dish.

If you’re adept with chopsticks, this dish is the perfect time to use them. Otherwise, a fork will do nicely to help you twirl your noodles. But don’t forget to drink the broth that’s left – it’s full of flavor and nutrition!

I like to buy quality meat and stretch it with produce. This chili has more than enough meat for our family but if you’d like you can increase the meat by 50 percent. Make the heat of this stew perfect for your palate by using more or less chili powder. I know the recipe says that chips are optional but I personally find them necessary! My favorite part of this thick chili is dipping a salty tortilla chip into it. If you like lots of heat, try The Heat is On peanut butter instead of Old Fashioned Smooth.

I’ve always had a soft spot for recipes with funny names – blueberry grunt, spotted dick, toad in the hole, scrapple, and yes, sloppy joes. I think it’s because they appeal to my inner six-year-old.
Here, I’ve updated this childhood classic with a classic Thai-style satay sauce spiked with red curry paste. While it’s definitely way more stylish than anything your school cafeteria could ever have dished out, it’s still just as comforting and satisfying as the original.
Not a fan of spice? Use Smooth Operator or Crunch Time instead of The Heat is On for a toned-down (but equally delicious) version.

In Spanish, “Ropa Vieja” means “old clothes,” a reference to the tattered look of this shredded beef stew. The addition of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter to this classic recipe adds depth and a little bit of sweetness that works perfectly with the acidic tomatoes. This dish reheats beautifully and can be prepared several days in advance. Make a big pot of it during the weekend to enjoy all week.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef Stew)