I eat much peanut butter almost every morning. On oatmeal days, at least two tablespoons are swirled into my bowl, and sometimes more.
Unfortunately, this means that it’s a rare occasion that peanut butter gets incorporated into other meals. But those occasions are always cherished.
There are plenty of reasons to add peanut butter to lunch and dinner.
One of my favorite savory forums for the ingredient is a gingery, garlicky peanut sauce. If you have a food processor, its assembly is almost as easy as spooning peanut butter onto a banana.
Once you make the sauce, you’ll find that the remainder of this recipe is even simpler. If you’re looking for more, add some steamed edamame or tofu sautéed in soy sauce.
Topping choices can also get creative. Scallions, chopped peanuts or cashews, extra cilantro, and a squeeze of lime are all favorites. And I do love a squeeze of Sriracha, too.
When I buy a plantain, most often it gets thrown in the oven, baked until creamy, and drizzled with peanut butter and honey.
But I love pairing its sweetness with with savory elements, too.
Here, it compliments Cuban-inspired black beans, seasoned with cumin, a dash of spice, and some sautéed peppers and onions.
Lime and cilantro give a fresh finish, while toasted coconut flakes add some crunch.
Serve over brown rice or get creative with the grain of your choice.
Thai coconut curry forever remains one of my mealtime mainstays.
On my stove at least twice a month, it’s one of the simplest and tastiest ways to load up on broccoli, bok choy, mushrooms, and other garden goodness.
But for this particular rendition, I chose to focus on one ingredient — green beans, a veggie that rarely lets me down.
The sauce here is thin enough that you could serve this over rice. To make it a full meal, fry up some tofu to toss on the side.
But it’s truly a delicious side all on its own. You can spoon up all that sauce, no rice needed. And if you have any extra, use it as a dip for steamed broccoli or to top soba or rice noodles.
This is essentially a recipe for baked falafel. But to me, if the batter isn’t crisped up in the deep-fryer, it’s not falafel.
So I present you instead with “baked herbed chickpea bites”. The name, I know, could use a little work. But they’re delicious, I promise.
These are best served aside a creamy dip. Pick the tahini-based sauce of your choice. Hummus, baba ganoush, or even just a simple sesame-garlic-lemon sauce will all serve you well.
To make the latter, finely mince a small clove of garlic and whisk it into several large spoonfuls of tahini. Add a pinch of salt. Squeeze in a wedge or two of lemon. Then add warm water, as needed, to thin it out.
Hey there blog fam. It’s been awhile.
I’m unsure how nearly an entire year has gone by without a single new recipe post, but I assure you that my kitchen has remained equally as active as I’ve been over these past few months. A lot of impromptu meals have replaced calculated ones, but cooking is still happening daily. I’m hoping to start livening up this blog again as we move into winter.
Someone hold me to that.
First up is this vegetable-loaded soup, perhaps inspired by a little too much holiday feasting. If you’re like me, and turn into a cookie monster whenever sweets are in sight, you may need this just as much as I do.