Four Savory Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
Our team loves peanut butter. So, November being National Peanut Butter Lovers Month makes us happy! It’s a food that makes any meal better. You can use it as a topping or an ingredient. It can be the star or in the background. It works well in savory dishes and desserts. And ants on a log is a snack that, while intended for children, is something you never grow out of loving!
As with most nuts, peanuts are relatively high in fat and calories, but they are good for heart health. They are rich in healthy fat and protein. A 100-gram serving of peanut butter has 20 grams of carbs, six grams of fiber, 25 grams of protein and 50 grams of fat. It’s also packed full of vitamins and nutrients. When eaten in moderation, it can be an incredibly healthy part of your diet!
When we think of peanut butter, many of us default to desserts or sandwiches. We’ve shared peanut butter sweets in the past. People with blood sugar concerns can enjoy the occasional PB&J with low-carb bread and jam. Today we are focusing on four tasty savory recipes to bring peanut butter to your dinner table! If you don’t usually feature peanut butter in your main course, this might be a nice change of pace.
Barbecued Peanut Butter Chicken
This recipe has only nine ingredients! Outside of marinating, it takes about twenty minutes to cook. It’s an easy, delicious dinner that goes wonderfully with any side. The directions call for barbecuing, but if you are done with outside cooking for the year, it can easily be cooked on the stovetop! We love the Asian-inspired flavor, and the slight sticky-ness the glaze gives the outside of the meat! A serving has 520 calories, seven grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Indonesian Peanut Butter Stew
We love stew on cold nights. Even here in San Diego, we’re wearing sweaters in the evening! A lovely warm bowl of stew warms you up from the inside. Cabbage in the stew replaces noodles to make the stew more filling and accompany the squash and shrimp. You can replace the shrimp with any meat you like, but it will change the nutritional information. We think the peanut butter sauce itself is the real star! It’s thick, rich and a little spicy. You can adjust the spice. Remember: you can always add seasoning, but you can’t take it out! A serving has 626 calories, 11 grams of carbs and six grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Peanut Chicken Skillet
This is a dish you could see yourself ordering from a restaurant. But, when you make it at home, you can cut out both sugar and salt. Using low-sodium versions of chicken stock and soy sauce, you can significantly cut down on the amount of salt in any Asian-flavored recipe. This is creamy and is perfect with a veggie like broccoli, where the florets can soak up the sauce and leave your plate clean. You won’t want to leave it on the dish! A serving has 502 calories, 12 grams of carbs and 3.75 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Tofu Lettuce Wrap Tacos
We do a lot of meat-based recipes because we like meat. And we do a lot of vegetable sides because veggies are essential. But we rarely feature many tofu recipes. It’s a hole in our recipe catalog, and we’ll add more. Here’s one for delicious lettuce wraps. We love tacos. We think every Tuesday, regardless of the time of year, should be a taco Tuesday. The carbs in tortillas can be hard to fit into your diet if you don’t want to buy special ones or make them at home. Lettuce wraps cut out the carbs and give you the fillings! The crumbled tofu in this recipe sucks up the sauce making it delicious and flavorful. That’s what’s excellent about tofu: it takes any flavor you want to give it. If you aren’t usually a fan of tofu, this is a great place to start: it’s small and crumbled, so you don’t have big chunks and a texture you aren’t used to. This is a good recipe for a cold day because the tofu bakes for a long time, and you’ll have the oven on for an hour! A serving has 267 calories, 15 grams of carbs and eight grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We hope these recipes help you celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month in style. With all the benefits of peanut butter, it’s worth experimenting with, especially if it’s not something you usually use in savory dishes!
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