Peanut butter is a mainstay in most family pantries, unless there’s an allergy. Most of us have eaten our share of PB and J sandwiches and peanut butter cups, pledging allegiance to the sweet side of this staple. But there’s a whole world of savoury recipes that harness the creaminess of this spread, adding richness to everything from curries, soups and noodles to chicken wings. Go on and try one of these 18 recipes, you won’t be disappointed. (There is even a burger! A burger!)
18 magically delicious ways to eat peanut butter for dinner (white bread not required)
African Peanut StewBlogger Beth at Budget Bytes is all about cooking on a shoestring budget, but this delicious stew feels anything but economical. “It’s a rainbow of nutrients in one bowl and you can just feel the goodness,” says Beth. How can you not love that?
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Spicy Vegan Peanut Butter Tofu with SrirachaKalyn’s step-by-step pictorial instructions will ensure you create this restaurant-quality dish at home without burning down the kitchen. It’s also South Beach Diet-friendly (read low carb) so serve it with some vegetables on the side if that’s your thing.
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Cold Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce & VegetablesWork lunch, potluck, picnic – these noodles are easily portable and don’t need to be heated. That means no standing in the microwave line in the office or fretting about how it will taste at room temperature once you reach your destination. We approve 100 per cent.
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Chicken Satay BruschettaWe’ve professed our love for savoury-topped toasts on more than one occasion. So you can only imagine how delighted we were to find this satay version. Pack the toast, veggies and chicken separately and you can take the bruschetta on-the-go. Assemble just before serving.
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Pad Thai WrapsGluten-free and with a vegan option? Sold! The most popular Thai restaurant item gets portable (and pretty!) with this recipe. Assembly takes some patience but the end result is totally worth the effort for your taste buds…and your eyes.
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Indonesian Pork TenderloinTaking a trip to southeast Asia could not be easier! The best part? It’s made with pantry staples that you’ve probably not thought about pairing together before. Add some rice and steamed veggies on the side and dinner is done.
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Tofu Skewers with Peanut SauceSay bye bye to boring, bland tofu. You’re going to want to smother it in this rich peanut dipping sauce that’s flavoured with currants, chili, green tomato, cinnamon and…wait for it…cocoa! Think of it as a shortcut Mexican mole sauce.
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Chopped Thai Salad with Coconut-Curry DressingWe believe blogger Kristy when she warns you’ll use this dressing on everything. Marinade, dip, sauce – this versatile dressing will soon become a staple ingredient in your fridge. Please make sure you save us some of this salad, with extra dressing.
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Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Curry over QuinoaNever wonder what to do with a can of pureed pumpkin again! Blogger Julia’s recipe melds Thai red curry paste with peanut butter and coconut milk for a silky curry that could be served as a chunky soup as well. Just swap the quinoa for some crusty bread.
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Spicy Peanut Butter Bacon SlidersGet ready to earn your crown as the backyard barbecue king or queen. These sliders include all our favourite things together. That includes Sriracha, peanut butter, bacon, jalapenos and French fries. ALL ON THE BUN. Yes, let that sit with you for a bit.
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One-Pot Thai Shrimp PastaThis recipe had us at “one-pot.” That and the fact it goes from stove to table in just 15 minutes. In our estimation, this pasta will become one of our top three choices for a quick weeknight meal. The kids will be fascinated that peanut butter made it to dinner.
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Peanut Cilantro Sriracha ToastA round of applause for simplicity, please. Swap the regular grape jelly for fiery Sriracha, add some fresh cilantro and peanuts and you have savoury toast that you’ll be making excuses to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We won’t tell on you, don’t worry.
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Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut SauceDisclaimer: This recipe uses powdered (yes, powdered) peanut butter. However, we’re hopeful that the result will be just as delicious (but admittedly higher in fat) with the regular jarred variety. A little extra peanut butter never hurt anyone, right?
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Sweet Potato SoupIf you thought only adding cream could make a soup richer, think again. Peanut butter is the star in this soup, lending its nutty, luscious goodness to spiced sweet potatoes. The whole thing gets freshness from a mix of citrus and cilantro. We think it would taste amazing over rice.
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Thai Peanut Chicken Tacos"Explosion of flavour," "Insane" and "Amazing" are just a few of the descriptions blogger Jen employs to explain her tacos. That’s temptation enough for us. We like that she uses crunchy peanut butter, so you get both creaminess and crunch from the chicken.
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Peanut Butter & Bacon Sandwiches with Fontina Cheese & Caramelized OnionsIf there’s one recipe that will earn you instant gourmand status, this sandwich is it. Take it to the office for lunch and watch as all your colleagues stare at you in pure envy. Brown bag lunches will never be the same.
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Simple Asian Soy Peanut NoodlesNo excuses for getting take-out. If you have any noodles on hand (that means spaghetti, udon, vermicelli, soba, etc.), you can make this in the time it takes to cook the noodles. Throw in some leftover roast chicken or grilled shrimp for a complete meal.
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PB & J WingsThrow all your love for the PB and J sandwich out of the window, because these wings are taking this perfect pairing to a whole new level! Inspired by celebrity chef, Sunny Anderson, you’ll want to TRIPLE the recipe so everyone can have seconds (or thirds).
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