Barb Boose Publications Director, Marketing and Communications April 12, 2013Friday recipe: peanut butter love Have I told you lately how much I love peanut butter? Give me a jar, preferably the crunchy kind, and a spoon and I’m happy. I crave the creamy stuff the way some people go ga-ga over chocolate or episodes of “The Walking Dead.”Don’t limit your enjoyment of peanut butter cookies, although those are always worth indulging in (my go-to recipe: one cup peanut butter, one cup sugar or Splenda, one egg, well combined; roll into balls, criss-cross tops with a fork and bake five to six minutes at 350 degrees). Peanut butter is a tasty addition to dips and main dishes, like the spread below from Prevention.com.Popeye peanut butter hummus15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 3 tablespoons peanut butter2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 clove garlic, mashed with a pinch of salt 5 ounces (½ package) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dryCombine all ingredients except spinach in food processor. Add 1/3 cup warm water and, if desired, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and process until smooth. Quickly pulse in spinach until combined. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy with crackers or raw veggies.Spicy peanut dip1/3 cup peanut butter2 small fresh chile peppers, seeded and chopped 2 small cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons mango nectar or apple juice 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauceCombine all ingredients in blender. Puree until thick and smooth, adding a little more mango nectar or apple juice to thin if needed. Serve dip with raw veggies.Peanut satay3/4 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup light coconut milk3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger2 tablespoons mirin or rice wine1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 2 teaspoons Sriracha or other hot sauceCombine all ingredients in bowl and whisk together until smooth. Brush on chicken, tofu or pork skewers and grill, or serve with any Asian-style noodle or rice dish. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.