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.
Why should carnivores have all the fun? Our veggie loaf is made with all kinds of yummy produce, including mushrooms, onion, and red pepper. Crunchy peanut butter and a carefully chosen blend of seasonings give this meal an excellent flavor profile that guests on any diet will enjoy!
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.
For this dish, I decided to give nachos an East-meets-West sort of twist, with crunchy wonton “chips”, crisp stir-fried veggies and tender pieces of chicken breast, and then smother the whole thing with a spicy-sweet peanut butter satay sauce and a generous amount of melty, gooey cheese. The wonton chips might be oven-baked, but make no mistake, this is still tailgating food at its gooey, cheesy, crunchy, saucy best. I may not know much about football, but I do know one thing for sure… you need some of these nachos in your life. Like, right now.
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!
Yams, cassava, rice, peanuts, spinach, plantains and peppers are just a few ingredients that are regularly used in the rich West African cuisine. What surprised me most was the peanut butter in this dish. Curry and peanut butter sure sounds like a strange combination, but in reality it works beautifully. The peanut butter adds depth and nuttiness to the vegetables, but also tempers the cayenne pepper and curry. Who needs meat if a meal can be so deliciously filling?
This is a great recipe if you want to use up the veggies in your fridge or are just looking for a quick dinner to throw together. This vegetable and chicken stir fry has a subtle nutty and sweet flavor from the peanut butter sauce made with The Bee’s Knees. Serve with rice and you have a well-rounded hearty meal!
Summer rolls are a big favorite of mine; they’re healthy and packed full of fresh flavors. Though they’re fiddly and time consuming to make, it’s worth the wait and you only get better at it once you have the hang of the rolling and folding. The crunchy, peanutty sauce gives it a bonus richness which contrasts those summery flavors well.
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 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 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.
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!
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.
Alejandra Ramos turns mixologist in our latest recipe videos and shows Caroline Wright how to concoct the most festive drinks for a nutty New Year’s celebration.
This recipe is for a bloody mary cocktail that uses The Heat is On peanut butter as the main spice base.
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 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.
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!
This fancy spin on a classic omelet was created out of trial and error. I thought about making a frittata with eggs beaten but I thought how beautiful it would look with whole poached eggs on top, baked nicely in the oven. Surprisingly, this recipe came out perfect and it is great to serve to friends and family for a weekend brunch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
When Peanut Butter & Co. first approached MyLifeRunsOnFood.com about developing recipes, my initial inspiration were cuisines from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America. And they all have this vegetable in common: the yucca. In addition, most of these cultures frequently use peanuts in their recipes. So I found a delicious way to combine these ingredients. Instead of frying yucca in this recipe, I baked them instead. And then I created two peanut butter dipping sauces — the sweet pineapple peanut sauce is made with The Bee’s Knees peanut butter and the spicy tomato peanut sauce is made with The Heat is On flavor.
There really is nothing like eating outside in the summertime. With the grill fired up, there’s thankfully no need to use your oven on a hot day. Kabobs are a usual on the menu and my family has always been generous to make mine full of veggies and no meat. However, when I’m grilling at home there’s always tofu or tempeh included too. The nice thing about tempeh and tofu is that they easily take on the flavor you use to marinate them with. In this case creamy peanut butter is mixed with an unexpected tang from lime juice, spice from the pepper, and salty sweet from the soy sauce and honey. So many flavors mingling together, but the outcome is pure perfection.
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.
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.
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