Peanut, Peanut Butter…Without Jelly!

stir fry with peanut sauce

A spoonful of peanut butter, looks pretty good, right? I’m more of a Nutella person myself, but pb has it’s place. Especially in the savoury world of stir-fry sauces. I made tonight’s meal, not because I wanted vegetables and rice but because I figured it might be kind of strange to down a whole bowl of peanut sauce with nothing to accompany it.

stir fry with peanut sauce

Thus, this was born. I’m also on a bit of a beet kick so I added some of those in too. Just make sure you remember that you ate them, or you are in for a bit of a scare when you go pee tomorrow morning! Hey, just sayin’.
It’s a fool proof process.

stir fry with peanut sauce

First the rice…

stir fry with peanut sauce

Then the sauce…

stir fry with peanut sauce

(yes that is a Nutella jar in the background)

stir fry with peanut sauce

Then the veg…

stir fry with peanut sauce

Then you put it all together!

stir fry with peanut sauce

Chopsticks don’t hurt either. Especially fancy ones with dragons and flowers on them. Pink dragons and flowers.

stir fry with peanut sauce

I didn’t even use a fork. No word of a lie.

Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:

– 1 heaping spoonful of peanut butter
– 2 tbsp. soy sauce
– 1 tbsp. vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
– hot sauce, to taste
– honey, to taste
– about 1 tsp. cornstarch (depending on how thick you want the sauce to be)

stir fry with peanut sauce

Whisk everything together. I would recommend actually using a whisk. I stood there stirring with a spoon for probably 20 minutes because I didn’t want to dirty more dishes. It was smooth in the end but it took 10 times longer than necessary. Hey I was in no rush! The amount of hot sauce depends on how spicy you like it, the amount of honey depends on how sweet you like it. Taste, it’s all about the balance.

– 1/2 cup rice
– 1 cup water
– salt and pepper to taste

Cook according to package instructions. I used a wild rice blend so it took longer than basmati per se (25 minutes vs. 15).

– 2 cups of mixed veggies (I used frozen stuff, I know, I’m a hypocrite…I did throw in some fresh beets though, does that count?)

stir fry with peanut sauce

Once the rice is almost done cook the veg until they are thawed or softened (depending on frozen or fresh). Add the sauce and bring to a boil, allowing the floury taste of the cornstarch to cook out. You may need to add water to thin out your sauce if it is too gloopy…Augustus Gloop, Augustus Gloop, the big fat greedy nincompoop! Willy Wonka for those of you sheltered people out there.

stir fry with peanut sauce

Plate everything up and enjoy!

stir fry with peanut sauce

I made lots. I think I am basically becoming the “left-overs” queen. Guess what I’ll be eating for the next 3 days?!

2 thoughts on “Peanut, Peanut Butter…Without Jelly!

  • November 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm
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    I don’t think I have ever cleared an entire plate using only chopsticks. You are obviously far more talented with the sticks than I am. Although, if I used my kid’s sticks, I probably could. ha ha

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  • November 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm
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    I will admit, it took some patience, but I got there in the end! The attached ones, I love those!

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