Happy Ants on a Log Day! To celebrate this momentous occasion, co-created by us and our friends at Duda Farm Fresh Foods, we’ve created three unique Ants on a Log variations to go along with the classic recipe. Be sure to try all four!
It’s true when they say that some sandwiches are just more fun to eat without the crust. Do they say that? I’ll say that! These three sandwiches are all different and all equally delicious. Perfect for children and adults alike. Create a sandwich bar and allow everyone to make their favorite version. I’ve given you three varieties to start with, but there are many more options that would also be fun to try. With whole wheat bread and all natural peanut butter they are a great lunch option any day of the week!
Peanut butter noodles have long been a comfort food for me. I used to love the taste of thick cold noodles, drenched in a peanut buttery sesame sauce, so filling and delicious! Being older and more health conscious, I wanted to make it more healthful. I added more vegetables and used only whole, plant-based ingredients in this recipe. I used a traditional peanut butter noodle recipe, and made it my own by adding lots of colorful, whole vegetables. Prep time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 4 minutes Total time: […]
Mapo tofu is a Szechuan dish usually made with ground pork stir fried with leeks then simmered with tofu in a spicy sauce spiked with Szechuan peppercorns. Adding peanut butter into the mix turns the sauce into a rich, flavorful gravy that’s perfect for soaking up with a bowl of white rice. I like to serve it with chopped spicy peanuts to add a crunchiness that complements the crispy pork and soft spicy tofu.
My husband loves Thai food, so I was inspired to create this recipe for him! If you like Thai inspired flavors, you’ll love this dish too! It has become a family favorite in our house. This recipe has the perfect blend of smooth and spicy Thai flavors. I used Smooth Operator peanut butter for this recipe, but if you love spice, I suggest using The Heat is On peanut butter for an extra kick. Serve the Thai chicken on sandwich buns and top with the fresh ginger slaw.
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.
Happily feed your family or friends with this bean-less honey peanut butter infused chili, made with a smokey base of tomatoes and southwestern spices, and a mix of white and dark turkey meat.
Peanut butter is comfort food on its own, so when it’s combined with family favorites like fried chicken, the scrumptious result is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Our sweet and spicy peanutty marinade ensures that each piece of juicy chicken is packed with flavor!
This has got to be my favorite way to eat a s’more! This recipe tastes exactly like everyone’s favorite summer treat made into a no bake dessert. The addition of the Smooth Operator peanut butter is brilliant because everyone loves the taste of chocolate and peanut butter together. Make this your new go-to summer dessert!
Our tofu is marinated in a delicious blend of sauces and spices to make a wholesome mouthwatering meal! Serve with steamed white or brown rice and you’re all set!
If I ask what my husband he wants for dinner, more than likely he will say “burgers”. This recipe is a twist on the usual burgers and packs a big taste punch with the creamy peanut butter and Worcestershire sauce. If you’re anything like me then a burger needs to be covered in cheese, bacon, and many slices of pickles and tomatoes.
Next time you’re craving a burger, give this recipe a shot. It will become your new favorite!
This make-at-home meal is sautéed instead of fried, and makes a great substitute for takeout cravings. You can make it in less time than it would take to have takeout delivered!
If I had to pick a last meal, there’s a fifty-fifty chance I’d pick Vietnamese food. (It’s either that or pizza.) I’m obsessed with the simplicity of the ingredients, the liberal use of fresh herbs and vegetables, and the salty-spicy-sweet combination of flavors.
For this dish, I’ve combined all of the things I love so much about Vietnamese food in a refreshing summer salad. It’s got it all – the slippery rice stick noodles, the crunchy fresh vegetables, the bright fresh herbs, and a tangy ginger and peanut butter dressing that does double-duty as a marinade for the grilled shrimp that sit atop it all. It’s an absolutely delicious and refreshing recipe that’s perfect for warmer weather headed our way.
This flavorful stir fry dish makes a great dinner for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Packed with protein from the tofu, nutritious broccolini, and a variety of spices and sauces, this quick meal is sure to please any palate!
Anyone who’s a fan of chicken satay, Thai Massaman curry, or African peanut stew knows just how well the flavor of peanuts meld into savory dishes. This recipe isn’t like any of those other dishes except for the fact that the flavor of peanuts also plays a big role.
This dish is actually very loosely based on Creole gumbo. Celery and onion are classic gumbo veggies, and I used carrot instead of bell pepper. Smoky sausage and a few spices add dimension of flavor, and instead of roux as a thickener, I went with peanut butter. It’s a really fun play on classic Louisiana fare, and as a bonus, it comes together much quicker than most gumbos.
Our delicious pulled pork is practically tailor-made for sandwiches! The sweet and savory meat pairs perfectly with the sour flavors of coleslaw and crisp pickles – it might just become your new sandwich favorite!
Tacos are always a fun and easy meal, especially because you can top them with whatever you want! This recipe is perfect for a quick dinner, and our flavorful pulled pork is the ideal filling!
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!
These baked Buffalo tenders make a great weeknight meal for you or with your family. This easy recipe uses chicken tenders instead of wings, and is dipped in a buttermilk peanut butter mixture before getting a coating of crunchy panko crumbs and baked. Serve with the spicy peanut buttery dipping sauce and a nice green salad to round up the meal!
This spicy peanut tofu rice salad is full of delicious flavor. Between the nutritious greens, the fiber-rich rice, and the super-flavorful dressing, this salad is exactly what you need for a healthful and inexpensive meal.
Learn how to make the takeout favorite at home! This Pad Thai recipe features a spicy peanut butter sauce made from scratch and also includes a few helpful shortcuts so that your tasty meal will be ready in no time!
This thick and creamy soup is bursting with parsnips and apple – an earthy and sweet combination which matches beautifully with the peanut butter, and the cool weather!
This isn’t some flimsy soup – it will fill you up plus you’re getting a great vegetable fix along with an energy boost to help see you through the frenzy of upcoming holiday festivities.
As the weather turns colder, soup becomes a more attractive dinner option. This week, we have a delicious African-style peanut butter soup that has a kick to match its savory, nutty flavors. Perfect for chilly autumn nights, serve this with your favorite bread for an easy and comforting dinner. This soup also freezes well so you can enjoy it all season long.
No matter how long you live in a foreign country, you will always be a child of the place where you were born – and in my case, that would be Africa. The inspiration for this soup comes from spicy traditional African groundnut and chicken stews. Although no less hearty, this recipe takes those flavors and adapts them to make a soup that’s both vegetarian and deeply satisfying in a way that only the taste of home can be.
It’s easy to get stuck in a sandwich rut and end up eating the same thing day in and day out. But really, with all the different bread and filling options available it’s a shame not to branch out and try something new.
Peanut butter in a roasted vegetable sandwich might not seem like the most obvious combination, but that’s just because you haven’t tasted it yet. Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter is made into a tangy, garlicky peanut spread that melts over the warm roasted veggies and transforms them into a hearty meal. It’s served on chewy, crusty ciabatta bread to help soak up the juices and provide safe and sturdy transport directly to your mouth.
I would like to sleep in as much as I can in the morning and sometimes those extra 15 minutes sure do matter. When I know I’m going to need a few more minutes asleep or it’s going to be a busy morning I prepare Overnight Oatmeal the night before. Then when the morning comes I can dream a bit longer, wake up, and grab my jar of oatmeal and go. Perfect for back to school or bringing to the office!
These vegan quesadillas are the perfect nutrient-dense lunch for both kids and adults. They’re great eaten hot or at room temperature, which makes them an easy make-ahead entrée for packed school lunches. These are satisfying as is, but for even more creaminess add soft goat cheese before cooking. If you like quesadillas with a kick, add an extra teaspoon of chipotle paste.
This vegan burger uses flaxseed as an egg substitute to hold together the ingredients for these patties. It’s made with ground oats, chickpeas, bell peppers and peanut butter and is seasoned with flavorful Moroccan spices, harissa (a Morocca chili paste) and ras el hanout.
Serve these burgers falafel-style — in pita stuffed with cucumber slices and tahini sauce.
Have you ever had a peanut butter burger? Basically it is a burger slathered with peanut butter instead of cheese and other toppings. I grew up eating these burgers at a local restaurant named Bearden’s in the town where I grew up, in Rocky River, Ohio. Seriously, it is one of the best burgers out there and if you live anywhere near Rocky River, you have to check it out!
I now live in Colorado, but I make peanut butter burgers at home all the time. My idea for this burger was one-upping the originally peanut butter burger. And by one-upping I mean adding the ultimate burger toppings. Beer caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese and bacon!! Yes, and then you top it all off with a heavy drizzle of peanut butter! It is insane and delicious!
These peanut butter chicken satay in skewers are great party appetizers because they’re quick to make, present nicely on a platter, and don’t break the bank!
In this recipe the chicken is marinated in a sauce made with coconut milk, curry paste, peanut butter, and lime. Once grilled, enjoy it with extra peanut sauce on the side for more of that yummy peanut-y and coconut-y flavor.
One bite and you’ll never want to eat traditional canned baked beans in your life again. Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy this deeply satisfying dish too. Full of protein, carbohydrates, calcium and iron, this dish is suitable to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
As a child growing up in South Africa, I used to read American Archie comics with total fascination. The things the characters talked about always seemed so exotic to me – even simple things like root beer and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I had not yet learned that jelly was the American version of our jam – and besides, we always ate our peanut butter sandwiches with golden syrup! These sandwiches still give you the caramelized syrup to go with your peanut butter, but also add a deliciously healthy twist with apple slices. This makes a great weekend breakfast treat!
Bring variety to your summer barbecue with this fun take on coleslaw! Grated green apple is tossed with cabbage and carrots, and the dressing is made with The Bee’s Knees peanut butter which adds a touch of sweetness.
Watch the video and you’ll also learn how to make dressing with your blender base and a mason jar!
The “meat” base of this burger is a medley of assorted mushrooms pureed together with onion and garlic. The mixture is then combined with oats, cheese, and herbs to make delicious, flavorful patties perfect for vegetarians.
In this recipe, crunchy peanut butter is specifically used which provides, along with the rolled oats, a texture to the burger that’s more fun to eat!
These veggie burgers get a dose of protein from both the black beans and The Heat Is On peanut butter pureed into the patty mixture. Mixed with mashed sweet potato and an assortment of spices, these southwestern-style burgers have lots of flavor and pair wonderfully with avocado, chipotle mayo, and even salsa!
These golden brown corn dogs get a peanut butter makeover with the addition of Mighty Maple peanut butter to the corn bread batter.
The fried crunchy breading, the sweet peanut butter flavor, and the saltiness of the dogs can make you feel like you’re eating a fun treat from a carnival concession. Dip them in a peanut butter mustard mixture for even more flavor.
Up until a month or so ago I had never heard of a Croque Madame sandwich, but I came across a photo of one and was kind of blown away. It is like a grilled cheese, but so much better. The sandwich has a béchamel sauce, ham, more cheese and an egg on top. Obviously, I had to make it, but with my own twist. I swapped the ham for bacon and let’s just say it was better than good. It was awesome!
That got me to thinking about swapping the béchamel for something. That something being peanut butter. I know it sounds crazy, but you guys, I promise it is so good. Just try me, you are going to love it. Nothing beats the combo of peanut butter and bacon!
Despite their mixed reputation, potatoes are a healthy and satisfying foundation for a meal. This Loaded Peanut Butter Baked Potato combines the comfort and familiarity of baked potatoes with the exotic flavors of a nutty Thai stir-fry. Make this dish with chicken, shrimp, tofu or simply veggies – it’s great any of these ways!
This recipe is loosely based on a miso cod recipe that originally appeared and became famous from Nobu’s restaurant years ago.
The introduction of peanut butter to the dish gives a classic nutty flavor that brings some sweetness to round out the salty umami flavor of the miso. This easy interpretation of the well-known dish is a perfect choice for entertaining and dinner parties.
Peanut butter not only is a great ingredient in sweets, but you can also make savory dinners with it. In this make-ahead recipe, this chilled pasta salad includes peanut butter, fresh vegetables, noodles and spices. Because of the red pepper flakes, this salad has a good kick to it, so use 1-2 teaspoons depending on the amount of heat you prefer (I’m more of a 2 teaspoons girl myself). If you’ve never tried peanut butter and noodles before, give it a shot! It has become one of our favorite dinners.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are my favorite form of protein (other than peanut butter, of course!) But the problem is that things can often get boring with chicken breast. The Heat is On peanut butter instantly jazzes things up in this quick and easy chicken dish. I’ve made this chicken countless times and my favorite way to serve it is with steamed broccoli and rice.
The marinade will be very thick and when cooking, it creates a delicious crispy crust. If you’re serving this to young children, you might want to do half The Heat is On and half Smooth Operator peanut butter to cut the intensity.
Bite into this burger and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the warm, melty peanut butter center!
The gooey peanut butter filling in these stuffed burgers is made by forming ground sirloin patties around frozen balls of peanut butter! As they’re grilled the frozen center melts to create a creamy like sauce that pairs deliciously with the rich ground beef.
Marinated with our spicy peanut butter, The Heat Is On, honey, lime, garlic, and orange juice, these succulent shrimp have a sweet and spicy flavor you can’t resist.
The recipe can easily be cooked on a stovetop using a grill pan but they’re even more fun to do for a barbecue. Pull out the grill this Memorial Day weekend and try this recipe!
When’s the last time you got excited over a crouton?
Garnish gets gussied up with this delectable recipe for Peanut Butter Croutons, a tasty treat that has the body of a crouton, but the heart and soul of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
These morsels are made quite simply, by slicing peanut butter sandwiches into cubes, brushing them with butter, and then baking in a low oven. As the bread toasts, it also absorbs the butter, giving them a crunchy texture and decadent, delectable flavor.
Peanut butter croutons have a wide variety of uses. You can use them on salads, soups, or even serve them with a glass of milk as a satisfying afternoon snack. Or, be naughty and substitute Dark Chocolate Dreams or White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter, and serve the sweet croutons atop a bowl of ice cream or pudding.
Do you love carrot cake as much as I do? If you do, then you’ll love it in smoothie form! In this recipe we mix Smooth Operator peanut butter with some carrots and oats for great texture, then add some delicious cinnamon and cloves to give it that cake spice flavor we love!
This smoothie has a thick, almost milkshake-like texture but with a very subtle, delicate blend of flavors. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation when you taste the coconut, banana, and sweet peanut butter all together — like a healthy, smoothie version of a pina colada! So sit back, relax, and indulge in a glass of this wonderful coconut smoothie – it’s instant happiness!
A refreshing drink with tropical flavors of cardamom and pineapple is given an energy protein boost from the peanut butter. Cardamon not only adds a subtle spice, but has its own health benefits of preventing illnesses, improving digestion and detoxing the body.
This sweet smoothie tastes like your favorite pear crumble dessert. But instead it is a protein-packed shake with a natural sweetness that makes it feel like a dessert even when it isn’t. The oatmeal thickens the texture and gives it extra body, while the pear provides the sweet fruity flavor. With just a pinch of cardamom and a generous dose of peanut butter it is the best way to enjoy your crumble through a straw.
Fruity and sweet, this smoothie is reminiscent of the flavors of chocolate fondue. A thick, refreshing drink with decadent flavors of chocolate and peanut butter and a healthy boost from the banana and apple. And, bonus, there is added protein via the Greek yogurt and peanut butter! It’s the perfect way to start your day or your work-out!
Dreaming of a healthy and rich chocolate, peanut butter and coconut smoothie? Don’t let these flavors fool you into believing this is a high-sugar drink. It’s protein-rich because of the chia seeds and peanut butter, and it’s full of potassium because of the banana. And, with all the unlimited health benefits of coconuts being touted by nutritionists, this is a drink where dark chocolate dreams do come true.
Drinking this smoothie is like treating yourself to your favorite dessert without the heavy calories. Each sip tastes like a piece of chocolate dipped fruit. The combination of berries and peanut butter make this the perfect sip for morning to get you started on the right foot. The bananas provide texture while the berries and chocolate peanut butter pack a flavorful punch that can’t be beat.
I really can’t express to you in words how much I love this Dark Chocolate Dreams smoothie. It really is a chocolate lovers dream in liquid form! Whenever I need something to treat my sweet tooth I make this smoothie and then suddenly everything is right in this world. This is my absolute favorite smoothie recipe!
Instead of coffee, wake up running with an energizing peanut butter and Earl Grey tea smoothie. It’s a delicious drink blended with potassium-rich banana and immune boosting frozen, cultured yogurt. The flavor of Earl Grey tea’s bergamot and black tea from assam leaves are enhanced with the sweetness of the maple peanut butter.
This sweet smoothie is sweetened naturally by the pure maple syrup in the maple peanut butter. It is light and creamy and perfect for a quick pick-me-up mid-day, or a light lunch. Regular cow’s milk or rice milk can be substituted if you prefer. You’ll still get the creamy flavor with just the right amount of warm cinnamon spice.
When it’s Fall there’s one thing I look forward to: pumpkin pie! Give me a piece of a pie, and you’ll have one happy girl! But who says we can’t have pumpkin pie all year round? That’s what happens in this smoothie recipe! The cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice make Fall smell like it’s right around the corner, no matter what time of the year it is!
Pretzels, peanut butter, and honey — these all evoke feelings of comfort and tasty snacking. Blend them together with banana and milk, and you have a pretty healthy, drinkable snack! Pretzels are a great low-fat treat and add a salty element to the sweet smoothie while honey, in addition to its sweet flavor, also lends antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to the mix. And of course, the delicious protein power of peanut butter and the nutrients from milk and banana round out this perfect smoothie.
This creamy peanut butter smoothie has a subtle sweetness and spicy kick. The avocado makes it silky and smooth. Just a dollop of honey is all that is needed for just the right amount of sweetness. This healthy drink is just the thing to power you up in the morning or when you need a quick afternoon snack.
This smoothie makes me feel like I’m on an island somewhere, rubbing my toes in the hot sand, staring out at dolphins in a crystal clear ocean. The truth is this scene doesn’t happen very often, so when I need that tropical air I reach for the ingredients to take me away to an imaginary daydream island!
The best version of a green monster smoothie! It tastes like a creamy and smooth chocolate peanut butter and banana smoothie with an extra special, extra nutritious surprise — a full cup of spinach! It’s the perfect way to trick yourself, or your loved ones, into getting a healthy and delicious treat. It tastes like it should be bad for you, but it is oh so good!
The inspiration for this smoothie is the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Except the peanut butter in this smoothie has a subtle note of decadent white chocolate. The ‘sweet jelly’ is replaced with an antioxidant rich hibiscus tea and frozen strawberries. Instead of having a sweet sandwich, walk out the door to work or the gym with this smoothie!
This is a burger recipe with a rather unusual topping – peanut butter! It’s a bit wacky and will be most suited to the hardcore peanut butter lover, which is why I’ve named it the Elvis Burger.
This creamy buttermilk and mayonnaise ranch dressing gets a kick of spice from The Heat Is On peanut butter. Since the peanut butter is already loaded with different fiery spices you get all the flavor without adding a lot of ingredients. This flavorful dressing is perfect drizzled over a simple iceberg wedge salad with tomatoes.
This maple peanut butter dressing is made with the warm residual grease from frying bacon. Mighty Maple peanut butter is added straight to the pan creating a warm creamy texture with the bacon fat. Served over a bed of baby spinach and bacon with sliced apples and butter toffee peanuts the result is a delicious union of smoky, salty, and sweet flavors.
This peanut butter carrot ginger dressing gets a hint of sweetness from The Bee’s Knees peanut butter that balances well with the zest of the ginger. Served on a bed of mixed greens with crunchy sliced red onion and creamy avocado you get a salad with lots of texture and taste.
Make sure to leave an extra few pounds of Easter ham to make leftover Cuban sandwiches! This recipe uses all the traditional makings for a Cuban sandwich (mustard, pickles, Swiss cheese) plus our Maple Peanut Butter Glazed Ham recipe. Pressed in a pan with butter just until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, the finished sandwiches can be dipped in the maple peanut butter glaze for an additional layer of savory-sweet deliciousness.
Bring a precooked spiral ham to the next level of delightfulness with this maple peanut butter glaze made with only a few ingredients including maple syrup, Mighty Maple peanut butter, and butter. The sweet glaze is poured over the ham after it has sat in the oven for an hour. The caramelized glaze pairs deliciously with the salty ham for a delicious balance of flavors.
Save the extra glaze as a condiment for leftover ham sandwiches!
This salad was inspired by a Korean dish of cold noodles and veggies called jaengban guksu. It’s perfect for those hot summer evenings when you’re looking for something quick, filling, and refreshing for dinner. What makes it so convenient is the recipe’s flexibility: switch up the veggies for whatever’s crispy and fresh in your fridge, replace the soba noodles for spaghetti if that’s what you have on hand, toss in chicken breasts or leftover steak. Just don’t skip the peanut sauce! You don’t want to miss out on The Bee Knees peanut butter whisked into a creamy, sweet and spicy dressing. It pulls the whole salad together and gives it a flavorful kick.
This chicken noodle salad is the perfect dish as part of a barbecue or to accompany other dishes. The bird’s eye chillies are pretty fiery, but the creaminess of the peanut butter suits it somewhat. Chicken breast can also be used, but for more flavor I use thighs.
Peanut butter and salmon may not seem like the most intuitive flavor pairing, but they’re actually quite good together – especially when you use Mighty Maple peanut butter in lieu of the miso for a quick Asian-inspired marinade. Think of it as a sweeter, mellower, peanuttier take on Japanese-style miso glazed salmon.
It also makes for a great sandwich filling, particularly when it’s paired with crisp quick-pickled slices of cucumber and a generous pinch of fresh cilantro to help offset its sweetness. This definitely isn’t your mama’s salmon sandwich!
This springtime pasta recipe tosses fettuccine with fresh veggies and herbs and uses olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and peanut butter to create a light sauce to dress the pasta.
While many primavera pasta sauces use cream this vegan recipe maintains its creamy texture by using peanut butter with starchy pasta water. The result — a lighter take on pasta primavera that’s just as delicious but with a nutty twist!
When it gets cold out this is one of our favorite go to stews. Not only is it delicious and creamy (thanks peanut butter!) but it’s super easy to make. Four hours after adding your ingredients to the Crockpot you will have a bowl of delicious potato stew that will keep you and your spirits warm! You can eat this as is, or serve over rice or egg noodles. I think a good piece of bread on the side is a great addition too.
Peanut butter and pineapple lend a tropical flavor to a simple chicken breast, and wrapping it in nutty Parma ham not only adds a lovely salty dimension but also smartens the whole thing up fit for the dinner party table.
It’s easy to make in advance and keep in the fridge ready to cook when you’re guests come over. For a really special treat serve with creamy and indulgent dauphinoise potatoes and a side of steamed greens.
This vegetarian chili is a colorful concoction of fresh veggies with peanut butter and pinto beans for protein!
The peanut butter adds an unexpected flavor that doesn’t feel out of place and gives the chili an extra hearty feel. The recipe comes together quickly and makes for a delicious choice when you want a warm meal.
What I absolutely love about a classic Monte Cristo sandwich is the delicious sweet/savory combination of flavors. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s traditionally a ham and cheese sandwich dipped in egg batter, pan-fried, and then served with a dusting of powdered sugar on top and a side of preserves for dipping. This version adds both a smoky component (with turkey bacon) and a salty component (with peanut butter), which really takes it to the next level. A sprinkling of roasted, salted peanuts on top along with the powdered sugar makes it perfect.
Chocolate, peanut butter and sweet, ripe cherries. Could it get better than this?! I don’t think so! This smoothie is sweet enough to feel indulgent but healthful enough to qualify as a complete breakfast or afternoon snack. In the summertime, substitute fresh cherries for frozen if you like.
Alejandra Ramos bakes chicken wings until crisp, then tosses it in a sticky, sweet & spicy peanut butter glaze made with honey and The Heat is On peanut butter.
With no deep frying these baked wings are easier and quicker to make but they still have that craveable, crispy texture. Make a batch or two and invite your friends over to watch some football!
Caroline Wright starts things off on the right foot this new year with her simple, healthful peanut butter smoothie recipes. This one is blended with blueberries, maple syrup, almond milk, and Smooth Operator peanut butter.
Caroline Wright starts things off on the right foot this new year with her simple, healthful peanut butter smoothie recipes. With peanut butter, coconut milk, kale, and banana this is the best green smoothie out there.
Caroline Wright starts things off on the right foot this new year with her simple, healthful peanut butter smoothie recipes. This one is blended with oats, apples, cinnamon, and Smooth Operator peanut butter.
Look no further for the star of you holiday party appetizers!
Made with diced chicken, cream cheese, curry power, garlic powder, scallions, lemon, and a couple large dollops of peanut butter, the filling to these phyllo rolls are easy-to-find ingredients, and the whole dish is quick to make. Once the phyllo rolls are assembled and brushed with butter they’re baked in the oven to a crispy finish.
These rolls are paired with a honey and chili powder sauce and the result is a combustion of creaminess and crunch, and out of-this-world sweet and spicy flavors!
Cornbread is a classic Thanksgiving side dish but this one’s got a little bit of a twist!
This dish starts with a basic recipe for cornbread but before it’s popped in the oven part of the batter is whisked together with The Heat Is On peanut butter, then swirled back into the original batter for a spicy sweet effect!
This spicy peanut butter cornbread will really bring the wow to your Thanksgiving holiday spread!
While it’s a member of the pumpkin family, Kabocha has a starchy texture closer to potatoes than squash. It’s loaded with vitamin A, C and beta-carotene and is sweeter than a potato, making it a tasty alternative to the humble spud.
Together with vibrant green edamame, this salad makes for a delicious side to a holiday meal with its medley of colors, textures and flavors. The earthy kabocha starts to melt into the nutty peanut butter as you stir it, making a rich creamy mash that coats the remaining chunks of pumpkin and edamame.
While many upscale grocery stores carry kabocha pumpkins this time of year, if you’re not able to find them, you can substitute butternut squash or sweet potatoes for the kabocha. Edamame can be found in the frozen food section of most grocery stores, but if you can’t find them, fresh chickpeas or fava beans make good alternatives.
Start planning your Thanksgiving menu now with this sure-to-please sweet potato side dish! This twice baked potato recipe combines a mashed sweet potato filling with a decadent Mighty Maple peanut butter, butter, and cream mixture. With hints of cayenne seasoning, maple flavoring, and a crème fraiche or sour cream topping, these sweet potatoes are a perfect blend of fall flavors — sweet, spicy, and tangy all at once!
Slow cooking is one of my favorite ways to get dinner on the table. It frees me up to focus on other things and the meals are always delicious. Though there’s peanut butter in the sauce, the flavor becomes very subtle due to the other ingredients. Instead of contributing a strong peanut butter flavor, it imparts a creamy, rich texture to the sauce. I used Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter but Smooth Operator or The Heat is On would work beautifully.
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!
White Chocolate Wonderful takes a walk on the savory side in this peanut butter pumpkin soup recipe. Caroline Wright shows Alejandra Ramos how she first caramelizes a mixture of peanut butter, onion, garlic, and spices before adding canned pumpkin puree, freshly cubed pumpkin, and chickpeas to complete the soup. Garnished with mint, pomegranate.and a drizzle of olive oil, this fall recipe boasts some bold flavors. While you’re shopping for your porch pumpkins pick up an extra to make this hearty and comforting soup.
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.
When I eat a sandwich, I want it to be both filling and delicious. This hearty sandwich is packed with sauteed and very lightly sweetened cinnamon apples and peanut butter. Warm, gooey, and a little messy, this will please both kids and adults! I used Smooth Operator here it can also be made with Mighty Maple, The Bee’s Knees, or Old Fashioned Crunchy.
When Alejandra Ramos went on a trip to Mexico she tasted the most amazing mole which she now recreates with a peanut butter twist. In this recipe she shows Caroline Wright how to make a mole sauce made with tomatoes, cocoa powder, espresso, cinnamon, cumin, and honey. The sauce gets its chili pepper kick from The Heat Is On peanut butter. Simmered in the mole sauce, the chicken thighs and drumsticks become tender and are full of flavor. Serve this dish with rice garnished with chopped salted peanuts – it enhances the dish’s nutty flavor.
This soup was inspired by the classic French potato and leek soup, Potage Parmentier. In that dish, the flavor of leek and potato stand out clean and simple; likewise in this soup, the flavors of cauliflower, onion, and garlic prevail. This soup, which isn’t spicy until you stir in the spicy peanut butter crème, is taken to the next level by the addition of the crème and a few fun garnishes.
In this recipe Caroline uses The Heat Is On peanut butter as a base for her own homemade version of curry paste. The red pepper, chili powder, and cayenne pepper spice in the peanut butter blend with cilantro stems, coconut milk, and other spices to create a curry sauce that is smooth and full of flavor. Eggplant pieces are simmered in the sauce until they become soft and tender. Served on a bed of rice, this spicy, sweet, and salty peanut butter eggplant curry is just perfect to have at home on chilly evenings. Just like take out, but better because it’s homemade!
While it may resemble a tuna salad sandwich, the tofu filling for this sandwich was inspired by a Japanese Buddhist dish called shira-ae. It’s a vegan dish that’s traditionally made with tofu, ground sesame seeds, and seasonal vegetables. While I love the classic preparation, it’s a versatile dish with few rules, so I decided to give it a makeover with Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter and flavors from the Mediterranean.
Tofu often gets a bad rap as boring, but it’s loaded with protein and isoflavones, and can actually help lower your cholesterol. Properly prepared, it’s also a delicious ingredient, regardless of whether you swing herbivore or carnivore.
This salad is a symphony of textures and flavors, with bits of crunchy peanuts and crispy celery, enveloped in a nutty mélange of tofu and peanut butter. Salty capers, spicy onions, and vibrant lemon zest all serve to accent the salad with both colors and flavors.
The keys to getting a rich creamy texture are to drain as much water out of the tofu as possible, and then to thoroughly mix the tofu together with the peanut butter and olive oil.
When I was a little girl every lunch ended with dessert — and that dessert was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread. These days lunch is typically Crunch Time peanut butter on whole wheat bread, but sometimes you just need something a bit on the sweeter side.
I’m not quite sure if this qualifies as a sandwich or dessert, but let’s just call it “lunch.” The filling for these quesadillas is so delicious that you will welcome the extra that it makes and use it as a dip for everything- fruit, cookies, crackers, or just straight from the bowl with a spoon.
Smooth cream cheese, bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips mix together for a melty creamy sweet concoction that is out of this world.
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.
After making my first ever bread pudding two years ago, I’ve become addicted to them. They are great for dessert and even better for breakfast. This bread pudding is perfect for summer when fresh cherries and berries are in season, but you can swap out the cherries in this for any fruit that you love and make it all year long.
I fell in love with homemade falafels after making Dreena Burton’s version in Let Them Eat Vegan! The vibrant flavors that come thorough from using lots of fresh herbs is incredible. My one year-old son gobbles up these nutrient-rich garbanzo bean cakes. I love them packed in a pita. The gluten-free pitas pictured here are from Local Oven. They’re the perfect way to pack falafels in tender bread. As for the sauce, tahini is a little bitter so I added Old Fashioned Smooth to balance it out. You could also use Smooth Operator or The Heat is On.
Poutine may very well be Canada’s unofficial dish. Originally concocted in a Quebec greasy spoon in the 1950s, the now-legendary combination of crisp French fries topped with cheese curds has found its way onto menus coast to coast, from fast food joints to high end restaurants.
There are even restaurants with an all-poutine menu that serve up endless variations on the theme, including some rather intriguing multicultural variations like Greek, Italian and Butter Chicken.
This version travels all the way to Southeast Asia for its inspiration, by pairing fries and cheese curds with a rich satay sauce featuring Mighty Maple peanut butter. (I couldn’t resist… Canadians and maple syrup have something of a history, after all.)
Gazpacho is one of my favorite soups to make– especially when the weather starts to heat up and my family is looking for a refreshing start to their dinner. I serve this creamy chilled soup as an appetizer when the temperature peaks to cool us off at sunset. I love using crunchy peanut butter for the extra texture, so I decided to toss a scoop of Crunch Time Peanut Butter into this soup with some golden roasted peanuts. If you’re a gazpacho fan, you will love this creamy ‘n fun spin on my classic tomato gazpacho recipe. It’s velvety and delicious- I even serve it as a guacamole dip for entertaining with crudités and rice crackers!
With tender moist strands of chicken covered in a nutty spicy sauce, this shredded chicken in peanut butter mole makes for the perfect filling for warm tender corn tortillas. Topped with some cilantro and crunchy honey roasted peanuts, it’s hard to think of a better combination.
While adding peanut butter to tacos may sound strange, adding seeds and nuts to mole is a common practice because it adds richness and depth to the sauce. By adding a dollop of The Heat Is On peanut butter at the very end, it not only adds some additional heat, it gives the sauce a rich creamy texture and earthy flavor that rounds out the chili pepper and tomato-based sauce.
Because chili peppers tend to vary in heat, if you find that your sauce is too spicy for your tastes, use Smooth Operator peanut butter instead of The Heat Is On when you blend the sauce together.
I like to use homemade corn tortillas for soft tacos. They’re not quite as much work as you might imagine, and you’ll be rewarded with tender, fluffy tortillas that put the tough crumbly disks found in stores to shame.
There’s something about combining the sweet taste of peanut butter with the savory and saltiness of thick cut bacon. You may question it, but try this once and it’s sure to keep showing up in your menus. Perfect for a party or light lunch, and so easy to put together.
Healthy and milkshake belong in the same sentence when you’re talking about this recipe. No one would know it from the rich, creamy texture or the sweet peanut butter-chocolate taste but this milkshake is packed with good-for-you-stuff. Spinach. Avocado. Banana. Dates. Don’t let that stop you from trying this lusciously smooth treat. Instead, get out your blender and whip up a healthy treat. For those of you who are dairy-free, rejoice! This milkshake doesn’t use a drop of milk.
One of my favorite meals consists of candied nuts topping a nice gourmet salad with a well-balanced sweet and salty dressing. When I was a child I loved to snack on my favorite caramel popcorn loaded with peanuts from a box. I wanted to recreate some childhood memories with a grown-up twist. Instead of candied nuts I created a twist on this classic with a sweet and salty flavored peanut butter caramel corn laden with salty peanuts. The popcorn roasts in the oven until it develops a crunchy peanut butter flavored caramel coating. They’re perfect as croutons for a nice spring salad. The recipe makes plenty so there is even some leftover for snacking. The croutons top a simple gourmet salad with slices of salty bacon and balanced with a sweet and salty peanut butter flavored dressing. This recipe satisfies my craving for sweet and salty flavors in perfect balance.
As a frequent entertainer I am always hunting around for great appetizers that I can serve for company. I also love something that can be enjoyed without utensils and easily passed around. Enter these empanadas, easy to make and delicious to boot.
I’ve always wanted to play around with putting peanut butter into dough and have created a great one that really could be enjoyed with a sweet or savory filling. Although the filling for these is on the savory side- using chicken, goat cheese, and jam. Sweet, spicy, and creamy, the spice from the peanut butter is tamed from the goat cheese and apricot jam. Even your pickiest guests will be pleased with this combo, as they were declared a hit at my last dinner party.
The Heat is On Peanut Butter is the star of this dish. I love the spicy flavor and even added barbecue peanuts for an extra special fiery kick. I serve these burritos at summer BBQs and my family loves the addition of creamy potatoes instead of the usual black bean filling. Sweet cherry tomatoes, colorful bell peppers and red onion complement the spiciness of each bite. Corn tortillas work great for this dish as well!
I’m sure I go through the same lunch ruts as most people. There are only so many sandwich and salad combinations you can make! But this sandwich stays in my rotation and can change with the seasons. The mix of peanut butter and fresh berries covers up the flavor of the carrots and lettuce, but you still get in some vegetables. Not bad for a workday lunch!
Everyone knows that Elvis loved his Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches. We’ve taken that classic and turned it into a decadent French toast sandwich! A peanut butter sandwich is dipped in batter and then cooked until crisp. The peanut butter and jelly become a wonderful and gooey mixture that will make anyone swoon.
After spending a good part of my early 20s working in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, I get a little bit twitchy at the thought of spending any amount of time in a shopping mall.
The only thing that can lure me back in is the promise of a mall-style pretzel… I just love those pillowy-soft bites with flecked with crunchy bits of salt, preferably with a side of peanut butter for dunking.
So I thought to myself, why not try making them at home, so that I wouldn’t have to brave the mall for a fix? And why not take it one step further by baking the peanut butter right into each bite?
I’m pleased to say this little experiment was an unqualified success. Hidden inside the perfectly golden-brown salt-speckled exterior of each mini pretzel bite, a peanut butter centre awaits unsuspecting snackers. It’s all the goodness of my beloved mall pretzels, wrapped up in one perfect bite-sized bundle.
While I made these with Smooth Operator, the options are as endless as there are Peanut Butter & Co flavours – for a sweet-and-salty treat, try these with Mighty Maple or Bee’s Knees, or satisfy your inner chocoholic with Dark Chocolate Dreams. Personally, though, I prefer salty simplicity of the version below.
When you think about Canadian cuisine what comes to mind? You could be chomping down on Tart de Sucre in Quebec, Nanaimo Bars in British Columbia or Butter Tarts in Ontario. Or do you think of something more seasonal like cranberries, spot prawns or furled fiddleheads? No matter the season true Canadian cuisine can be found every time we visit our local farmers markets, farm stands or local grocers and depends heavily on our ethnic roots from province to province.
Living in British Columbia we thrive on “West Coast Cuisine” which is essentially just utilizing the very finest local gastronomic delights fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field… just as they do in every province and territory across the country. If you asked a Canadian in Halifax, Nova Scotia or Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to define what they eat on a daily basis you would have two different answers. Ask your neighbor what they had for dinner last night and see what the ethnic influences are. Like everyone else we use what’s in our backyard and cook with what’s around us.
This burger utilizes what I found available this time of year…firm, full-flavored sockeye salmon from the West Coast slowly baked with a maple syrup and Maple flavored peanut butter glaze. Top it off with a seasonal slaw and what could be more Canadian than that!
My love for peanut butter and sweet potatoes began, well, before I can remember really. As a sweet treat at lunch I’ve always topped a baked sweet potato with peanut butter, cinnamon, and a shake of salt- it’s heavenly.
By taking a typical twice baked potato and adding Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter, brown sugar, and a touch of vanilla extract I’ve created an out of this world concoction.
In fact, I am pretty sure I will be adding this to my breakfast rotation with it’s combo of carbs, protein, and healthy fats- not to mention its sweetness. It’s definitely enough to hold me over until lunchtime.
We all have leftovers after Thanksgiving but that doesn’t mean we want to keep eating the same meal over and over. Using the same holiday ingredients, you can create this soup that has a completely different vibe but will be every bit as satisfying.
Couscous might not be the first thing you would typically think of when it comes to breakfast, but this dish definitely changes that. This creamy porridge-like bowl of couscous is the perfect way to switch up your usual breakfast routine. It’s hearty like a bowl of oats, but is uniquely scented with warm spices and flavored with peanut butter, coconut, and vanilla.
This dish is the perfect make-ahead family meal. Stir up a spicy sweet peanut-butter based sauce, slather it on juicy chicken thighs and let it cook all afternoon. When you lift the lid at dinnertime you’ll be greeted with moist chicken infused with spicy, sweet flavors. Serve them over rice and with steamed broccoli on the side for a healthful meal.
Peanut butter and squash might not seem like the most obvious flavor pairing, but it works beautifully in this golden-orange soup – especially when it’s Mighty Maple peanut butter, which adds a hint of sweet maple syrup that enhances the natural sweetness of roasted butternut squash.
My first instinct was use curry paste as the spicing in this soup, but I decided to travel a little further along the Silk Road to settle on a traditional Moroccan blend instead. Known as ras el hanout, this aromatic mix of warm spices combines with a dash of Spanish-style smoked paprika to give this otherwise humble soup a distinctly exotic twist.
The end result is a slightly sweet, slightly smoky, slightly spicy and entirely satisfying soup to warm you up on a crisp fall day.
Chicken and waffles seems to be all the rage right now, and while I have yet to have it at a restaurant, I decided it was time to make my own version at home. These chicken bites are breaded and baked, nestled on a golden buttermilk waffle, and drizzled with a maple peanut butter and honey glaze. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner – it doesn’t matter when you make these. Just do it!
Fruit salad always reminds me of Labor Day and picnics in the park. It’s a time of change, summer is winding down, school is about to start. This fruit salad has that same feel. It’s got some summer fruit, cherries, blueberries, and plums but also a hint at fall with the apples. I’ve used Honey Crisp here, but I think Granny Smith would work wonderfully as well!
I’ve always loved peanut butter in savory dishes, especially paired with bacon (bacon, peanut butter, and fried egg sandwiches might sound weird, but believe me when I tell you they are out-of-this-world amazing!). Like peanut butter and bacon, bacon and leek also have a natural affinity for each other; combine the three and you really have something special. These little bites have their flavor kicked up even more with the addition of garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
When I have the time, I like to try different and exciting breakfasts. One I tried recently was the Columbian arepa. Seeing that it’s not too different from an American breakfast, I used some familiar ingredients and some foreign. The result was a cross-culture success. The seemingly odd pairing of Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter with cornmeal cakes and plantains–which I had never had before–tasted homey and familiar, as hearty as an American breakfast.
Baked beans are my favorite summer side dish. I grew up always eating my mother’s homemade baked beans and quickly learned how to make them myself. Something my mother never did was add peanut butter to her recipe, but I did. The rich nutty flavor mixes perfectly with the sweet, smoky tomato base. This also makes a perfect vegetarian entrée for a summer cookout if you use anchovy-free Worcestershire sauce.
Although there are nearly 100 species of crab in British Columbia the local favorite at our fishmongers and markets is Dungeness crab. These are not your traditional east coast crab cakes but a Thai-inspired combination of sweet crabmeat, ginger, and fish sauce all topped with a spicy peanut butter flavored vinaigrette. Serve these crab cakes as a main course with a side of coconut flavored rice and some stir-fried vegetables.
I love potato salad. It makes for the perfect side dish, or snack, but can also end up turning into a meal all on its own. While it’s great in its traditional form, I’ve always thought that earthy potatoes and buttery peanuts go well together so I came up with this take on the classic. Nutty, sweet and with a range of textures from crunchy to crispy to creamy, this isn’t your grandma’s potato salad.
Although there’s no mayo in it, it has plenty of richness thanks to the olive oil and peanut butter. The celery and bits of peanut in the Crunch Time peanut butter add some great texture to the salad and the cranberries not only make the potato salad colorful, they add just a hint of sweetness.
So as you dust off the barbeque and get the picnic basket out of the attic this Memorial day, consider giving this nutty take on potato salad a try!
One of the great things about pizza is that you can put just about anything on it and it’s always delicious. Always.
If you’ve never had Thai food you might not think this combination of flavors works. But it does in a very big way. It’s a great change from traditional Italian style pizza.
I used a gluten-free pizza crust recipe from Angela’s Kitchen.* If you’re on a gluten-free diet, give this crust a whirl. It’s easy to make and has a crisp edge. And If you don’t need to eat gluten-free, use your favorite pizza crust.
This sweet and spicy vegetarian wrap is an unexpectedly delicious option for lunch. Packed with antioxidant beta-carotenes from the sweet potatoes and plenty of protein from the crunchy peanut butter and tangy yogurt, it’s a great alternative to standard meatless fare. Choose sweet potatoes that are firm and do not have any cracks, bruises or soft spots and be sure to leave the skin on for added nutritional benefits.
Easter has always been about chocolate for me: Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate–it’s all delicious. I’ve always been intrigued by the pairing of chocolate with savory ingredients; White Chocolate Wonderful has just the right amount of sweetness to pair well with fresh spring asparagus and ripe cherry tomatoes, taking the salad course to the next level.
This coming Easter holiday season, if you’re looking for recipes that seem extra special but don’t take hours to prepare, you’ll love this recipe. Lamb chops seem like a fancy special-occasion dinner entree, but in reality they take under 10 minutes to prepare, and if you do the math, may cost less than take-out! These chops are quickly seared in a hot pan, then topped with a curried peanut sauce. Try French-cut chops, which still have their long, handle-like bone, if you want to make lamb “popsicles” to serve at parties (serve the peanut sauce alongside for dipping); if they’re destined for dinner, serve chops with rice or potatoes and a side of something green – sauteed spinach or kale, broccoli, asparagus or green beans.
One of my favourite lunch spots, which sadly is no longer in business, used to make a fantastic Chicken Waldorf Wrap filled with crunchy apples, shredded chicken breast, plump seedless grapes, and chopped celery.
One day, it occurred to me that just about everything in my beloved Chicken Waldorf Wrap gets along famously with peanut butter – apples, celery, grapes, even chicken… so why not add some chunky peanut butter to the dressing to make a Peanut Butter Chicken Waldorf instead? While it might sound a little unusual, it’s actually quite delicious. The creamy peanut butter dressing brings out the crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty qualities that made me fall in love with the original, along with a rich, peanutty flavour that the original never had. It’s a great way to use up leftover roast chicken or turkey, too!
On busy weeknights, I rarely have the energy to spend a ton of time in the kitchen, and even less energy to do the dishes after cooking. That’s why I love one-pan meals like these peanut butter noodles.
With rice noodles, chunks of chicken, and tons of veggies, it’s a balanced meal all by itself. The combination of lime juice, sugar, and fish sauce gives this dish a Thai flair, while the Crunch Time peanut butter adds richness and texture from the big chunks of peanuts.
The best part of this dish is that you can make it with just about anything that’s in your fridge. Swap out the meat for some seafood or tofu and try adding different veggies. If you decide to switch out the noodles for something else (such as egg noodles or udon), make sure you boil them first according to the package directions.
Thai chicken skewers served with peanut sauce are a favorite dish to order at restaurants. Why not roast a whole chicken in a similar sauce? Peanut butter naturally has tons of oil, so the result of this Asian-Inspired roast is sweet, savory, and juicy roast of meat and vegetables. Reserving a little of the marinade for use as a dipping sauce incredibly heightens the flavor. The roast chicken and vegetables creates two recipes within one meal. Serve shredded vegetables with an Asian-inspired vinaigrette (recipe provided here). It’s a refreshing and crispy contrast of flavors in an Asian-inspired dinner menu.
I love baking bread. In fact, I bake bread at least once every other week. I love how it fills my house with that familiar bakery aroma and it amazes me every time how such simple ingredients, when working together, can create something so tasty. This version combines onions and herbs with spicy peanut butter which pairs perfectly with grilled cheese or fried egg sandwiches, as it does simply toasted and smeared with butter or some Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter.
Being a vegetarian, it’s not always easy to find a satisfying sandwich at just any deli on the street. Because of that, I usually like to go all out when I’m home making sandwiches for myself. This recipe combines the savory, meaty flavor and texture of mushrooms with rich and satisfying peanut butter for a vegetarian sandwich that’s big on flavor and filling, too.
I love making pancakes on weekend mornings, but I often find I’m hungry just an hour or two after eating them. This recipe is different! Not only do these pancakes offer a delightful flavor twist, they’re also packed with protein thanks to the addition of the yogurt and peanut butter, so just a few of them will keep you feeling energetic all morning long. And if you’re lucky, you’ll have some leftover Chocolate Yogurt Cream for fruit (or finger!) dipping later in the day!
When I think of breakfast or brunch, my mind immediately wanders to the sweet side. Therefore, it was a given that the recipe I entered in this contest was going to be sweet. I settled on French toast… with a twist: individual baked French toasts stuffed with cinnamon raisin peanut butter and topped with a creamy peanut butter yogurt sauce. Peanut butter and yogurt are not only delicious when paired together, they are also protein power houses and will energize you for the remainder of the morning!
I’m sure you all remember “those kids” in the cafeteria that constantly tried to trade their PB&J sandwiches for your stuffed crust pizza or chicken nuggets. I was not one of those kids, being an avid lover of peanut butter and jelly ever since I was strong enough to open a jar. When I began to brainstorm ideas for this contest, I came across Julia Child’s recipe for a baked yogurt tart and immediately felt inspired. Here’s my version with a deliciously comforting PB&J spin. It’s quick,healthy, and sure to make you feel like a kid again!
I was a guest once on a show where I got to assist a famous chef while he prepared a dish of whole shrimp wrapped in shredded pastry. I was asked to taste one for the camera and it was so incredible that once the cameras stopped rolling, I grabbed the demo plate and brought it back to the dressing room where I was able to enjoy the leftovers. Eager to taste it again, I decided to put my own spin on the recipe. Filo-wrapped shrimp (also known as “firecracker shrimp”) are actually a pretty classic party appetizer, but these takes it a step further with a spicy peanut orange marinade that does double-duty as a dipping sauce. The tails here are completely removed to make for a neat, no-fuss presentation (and so your guests won’t have to hunt around the room for a trash can).
When I’m craving something quick, tasty and substantial for dinner, this big bowl of saucy Asian-style noodles with ground beef and loads of fresh vegetables is just the ticket. Don’t let the long list of ingredients fool you – once all the vegetables are cut up, it comes together in a flash, which makes it a perfect option on a hectic weekday evening.
What I love best about this recipe is that it’s endlessly adaptable, depending on what you’ve got around – change up the vegetables based on your preferences, replace the ground beef with ground pork or bite-sized pieces of chicken breast, or go meat-free by replacing the beef with a soy-based “ground round” or omitting it altogether.
I used The Heat Is On peanut butter as the base for my sauce because we like things spicy at our house, but if you can’t find The Heat Is On (or if you just want a less spicy version), substitute it with an equal amount of Smooth Operator peanut butter and spice things up with a squirt or two of Sriracha sauce.
I had my first spring roll almost 10 years ago and still love the crunch of fresh vegetables and herbs paired with a peanut dipping sauce.
This is a fun dish to serve when having a couple of friends over for dinner. There’s very little cooking (none if you buy pre-cooked shrimp). Just some fancy chopping and stirring up a bit of sauce. If you happen to have vegetarian or vegan friends, add a couple more vegetables, like bean sprouts and red cabbage, and they can make their spring rolls without any shrimp.
Living in a tiny New York city apartment with no outdoor space has taught me a few tricks. One of them was that it is possible to smoke things inside your house without setting off fire alarms (though your smoke detectors may go off).
It’s a relatively straightforward process that involves sealing some sugar, tea and rice in a pot along with some meat and getting it hot enough that the sugar starts to burn. This in turn causes the tea and rice to give off a wonderful aroma, which the meat absorbs like a sponge.
Paired with a honey peanut butter sauce, scallions and cucumber, the smoked duck makes for a great snack or first course to a meal, and most of the work can be done ahead of time.
While you should be able to find unfilled Chinese steamed buns in the freezer section of most Chinese grocery stores, if you’re not able to find them, this would also be good in brioche hamburger buns.
One of my all-time favorite sandwiches is the “gobbler.” This sandwich can consist of any permutation of Thanksgiving leftovers, but my ultimate combination absolutely must include turkey, homemade whole berry cranberry sauce, and mashed sweet potatoes. To be perfectly honest, I don’t reserve the gobbler only for the day after Thanksgiving… I enjoy it throughout the year using either sliced deli turkey or poached chicken breast meat. Although my interpretation of the gobbler is real close to sandwich perfection, the unique, but absolutely delicious addition of maple peanut butter seals the deal because — let’s face it — doesn’t peanut butter make everything better?
Sweet potatoes are a great way to upgrade potato salad, both flavor-wise and to give it a nutritional boost. Whether you’re making traditional potato salad or giving this version a try, roasting the potatoes first caramelizes them slightly, intensifying their flavor without allowing any nutrients to be lost to cooking water. The addition of kale further increases fiber, vitamins and minerals, and a peanut dressing ties it all together. The addition of Parmesan cheese is optional, but interesting, adding a new slightly salty dimension to the dish.
This dish will make a terrific side to any Thanksgiving menu!
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.
Sandwiches are a classic grab and go meal. Which is why they make perfect lunches. There are also endless possibilities when it comes to what goes between the bread, which keeps it versatile. This savory version is smeared with a generous amount of peanut butter mixed with cilantro, onion, garlic, and vinegar and piled with cool cucumber slices and creamy avocado. The result is one tasty sandwich. If you want to serve this as a fancy hors d’oeuvres, slice bread in half or half-triangles and skip adding the top piece.
Sometime around July, when we start getting into the real dog days of summer, I lose my desire to cook (or eat) hot food. It’s like my internal thermometer suddenly hits “gazpacho and salad season” and there’s no turning back until the fall. These Thai inspired lettuce wraps are a quick and easy dish to prepare, perfect light fare for picnics or barbecues. The sauce is an adaptation of my mother-in-law’s fantastic peanut sate sauce that she learned from a Thai cook in Tokyo. The recipe makes more than enough for the wraps and dipping and once you try it you’ll be glad you have extra to keep in the fridge for dipping.
Father’s Day (June 19th) is just around the corner, so why not take care of Dad for a change and make him a deliciously robust sandwich of peanutty pulled chicken topped with a sweet-sour slaw?
Believe me, this healthier version of the classic pulled pork sandwich will have you fooled, because nothing about it tastes healthy. Its rich, bold flavor is everything you want from a meaty meal, but using boneless skinless chicken thighs keeps it leaner than pulled pork. Don’t be intimidated by the time the chicken takes to prepare, because after you get it simmering away, it does all the work by itself. Then all you have to do is plop this juicy mixture on your favorite bun with a heaping pile of the slaw and sink your teeth right in. Dad will surely approve!
Ginger dressing: perhaps you love it because it generally accompanies the complimentary salad at Thai restaurants, or because of its refreshing, gingery bite. Either way, this peanut-buttery version is going to become your newest favorite fix.
Sandwiches, to me, are the perfect lunch. This one I could eat every single day. It’s filling, quick to prepare and oh so tasty. One could even call it the bees knees! It’s a grilled chicken breast, topped with a jicama & apple slaw with peanut butter dressing. The sweetness of the slaw works perfectly with the chicken. Enjoy!
When I converted to a vegetarian lifestyle six years ago, I began experimenting in the kitchen with beans as an alternative protein source. Soon enough, I discovered the wonders of chickpeas—they offer a satisfying, almost butter-y taste, plus a generous dose of both fiber and iron. They pair well with spicy and sweet flavors, both of which are included in the recipe below. The sweetness of the mango and the spiciness of the peanut butter provide a mouthful of contrasting flavors and textures.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more comforting, soul-warming, perfect-on-a-cold-day, one-pot meal than chili. Especially if the chili features peanut butter as a main ingredient! The creamy richness of peanut butter balances out the tang of tomatoes and the heat from traditional chili spices. I chose to include ground chicken in the chili, as poultry is a fantastic protein to pair with peanut butter (think of chicken satay, chicken Pad Thai, etc.). Chili is one of my favorite slow-cooking meals to make for many reasons: once all of the ingredients are in the pot, you can forget about it for 1-2 hours; the aroma it emits while cooking is nothing short of intoxicating; although chili warms you up, when prepared healthfully, it doesn’t weigh you down; and there is almost always extra chili in the pot after dinner, which inevitably tastes even better as leftovers.
I love ordering the coconut milk-based soups at Thai restaurants, but sometimes they can be so heavy. This soup is hearty, flavorful, but still light! And it’s ready in a flash.
Stir fry is an awesome, quick dinner. This version is one of my favorites – full of healthy veggies and served with whole wheat noodles. The peanut sauce is absolutely fiery – The Heat is On is one spicy peanut butter! If you aren’t a fan of spicy foods, try using Smooth Operator or Crunch Time instead.
I’ve been making Curried Carrot Soup for years – it’s a favorite of ours, especially during the cooler months. When I came across a spicy version from Moosewood Restaurant, I just had to marry my soup with theirs and make this version using Peanut Butter & Co. The Heat is On peanut butter, which makes this soup so simple to put together. If you like a lot of heat, replace the Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter with an equal amount of The Heat is On. Since this soup will be pureed, there’s no need to waste time perfectly chopping your veggies. Make it easy on yourself and use your food processor
A restaurant near my house serves grilled salmon with sweet chili and peanut paste, and I can’t help but order it every time I go. I know what you’re thinking: peanut butter and salmon? Not the first combo that comes to mind when you’re planning dinner. But I promise, it works. After one bite of this recipe, I think you too will be convinced.
The inspiration for this sandwich comes from my favorite flavor pairing of chocolate and fruit. In this recipe the rich chocolate peanut butter is combined with the naturally sweet pear to make a delicious toasted treat. When making this I purposely don’t go overboard with the peanut butter, only adding a thin layer to the rustic bread so that it doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the fruit. It is a great sandwich for adults and children alike.
Try this new take on the latest trend in sandwiches, the Thai Banh-Mi. With quick-pickled veggies and a savory Asian flair, these sandwiches are sure to kick any sandwich boredom out of your lunchbox.
Instead of grabbing for a jar of jelly, get out some fresh fruit and whip up this sandwich for a fun dessert. Use any fruit combination you choose. I used apples and raisins because apples are quick and simple to cook and hold their shape well. To serve, cut in half. Or, make this a little fancier by slicing off the crust, cutting it into fourths, and drizzle with a little warm peanut butter sauce for the perfect two-bite dessert.
This sandwich takes a bit of time and love to make, but take one bite and your hard work will be rewarded by a perfect balance of colors, textures and flavors. Braised in hoisin sauce and soy sauce, the pork belly takes on a mahogany brown hue on the outside while absorbing the flavors of the sweet spices on the inside. The spicy peanut butter adds a nutty element along with some heat to the sandwich. The cucumbers add a cooling element while the cilantro lightens the pork […]
The first dish I ever “cooked” by myself was a peanut butter sandwich. I was three years old at the time. My mom had gone to visit an elderly neighbor and my dad was busy reading something for work. He promised to make me dinner soon, but “soon” wasn’t soon enough, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. Using the kitchen cabinet drawer handles as a ladder, I climbed up onto the counter and pulled out my special plastic purple plate. Then I grabbed the […]
The Heat is On Soba Noodles make a perfect lunch, snack or side dish for dinner. To balance out the heat of the peanut butter I added some soy sauce and lemon juice. Then I topped them with chopped peanuts for crunch. These are great eaten warm right after being prepared, or packed cold for a picnic. I love to eat them late at night when I am in the mood for a healthy, protein packed snack.