TIP OF THE DAY: Cook With Peanut Butter

//TIP OF THE DAY: Cook With Peanut Butter

TIP OF THE DAY: Cook With Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter On Spoon
[1] It’s National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. Enjoy peanut butter straight from the jar (photo courtesy Jif).

[2] Celebrate by trying a new brand of artisan peanut butter (photo courtesy Once Again Peanut Butter).

Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles
[3] One of our favorite ways to cook with PB: Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles (photo courtesy Sable & Rosenfeld).

[4] Rice noodles—they’re gluten-free (photo courtesy Sunbasket).

[5] Sriracha, Thai hot sauce (photo courtesy Team Liquid).

Once Again is a line of artisan nut butters that are organic and non-GMO.

Located in a small rural community in western New York, it is a good corporate citizen: 100% employee owned and philanthropic. The company donates to more than 100 charities each year.

The product line includes:

  • Almond Butter
  • Cashew Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sunflower Seed Butter
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
  • Packaged Nuts
  • Honey
  • Within the nut butter category, there are sizes from snack packs to 9-pound tubs, along with the popular 12-ounce and 16-ounce jars.

    Because March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day, we’re going to home in on that product line. There’s everything a PB-lover could want:

  • American Classic Crunchy No-Stir Organic Peanut Butter
  • American Classic Creamy No-Stir Organic Peanut Butter
  • Old Fashioned Natural Creamy No Salt Peanut Butter
  • Old Fashioned Lightly Salted Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Old Fashioned Natural Crunchy No Salt Peanut Butter
  • Old Fashioned Lightly Salted Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
  • Organic Lightly Salted Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Organic Crunchy No Salt Peanut Butter
  • Organic Creamy Lightly Salted Peanut Butter
  • Organic Creamy No Salt Peanut Butter
  • Wow, that’s a large menu of choices.

    All those PB choices got us to thinking about cooking with peanut butter, beyond dipping sauce/peanut sauce, sandwiches/wraps/lettuce cups and sweets (brownies, cake, cookies, fudge, ice cream, pies, pudding etc.).

  • Bacon burgers condiment, other burgers and sliders
  • Energy bars and protein balls
  • Marinade (coconut milk, Greek yogurt, peanut butter)
  • Oatmeal and pancakes
  • Peanut butter chili (recipe)
  • Peanut soup (recipe)
  • Satay, kabobs and other chicken, fish and pork recipes
  • Shakes and smoothies
  • Stews
  • Thai pizza
  • Vinaigrette (rice vinegar, peanut butter, oil, sriracha)
  • Yogurt, yogurt dip

    Thanks to Once Again Peanut Butter for this yummy recipe.

    Ingredients For 4 Servings

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 8-ounce box or bag pad Thai rice noodles
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned or shredded
  • 1 cup red bell peppers, julienned
  • 1 cup snow peas, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Garnish 1 lime wedge
  • Optional garnish: chopped scallions, julienned basil leaves
  • Preparation

    1. PLACE the peanut butter, cilantro, water, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, rice vinegar, sugar, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, hot chili sauce and garlic in a blender. Purée until smooth. Set aside.

    2. HEAT the vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add the vegetables, season lightly if desired, and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until the vegetables have softened but still maintain some crunch. Set aside.

    3. COOK the noodles in simmering salted water for 1-2 minutes. Note that rice noodles cook very quickly. Drain the noodles and place back in the pot. Toss with the peanut sauce.

    4. SERVE: Arrange the noodles in a shallow bowl or on a plate. Top with a large scoop of the vegetables. Garnish with a lime wedge and basil.

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