One of my favorite things to do is create recipes on demand.
I have a habit of getting into habits with my food:
- oatmeal every morning
- curry every night for a week
- nothing but soup for 2 months straight
- indulge in my *patent pending* Uber Salads for an entire summer and then some…
Sometimes I forget that there is an entire, beautiful world of food out there to explore! So, when I get a request, I get excited!
I eat peanut sauce regularly. If you’ve read my post P is for Peanut Butter you will know that I go through a LOT of peanut butter. I actually buy in bulk from Amazon because the 100% Organic and Pure stuff gets rather expensive otherwise. (If you’re interested, this is one of the brands I love: Smuckers Organic Chunky Peanut Butter). But Ossa the Pug and I eat a lot of Peanut Butter. And Peanut Sauce is a very mature way to make it into a dinner food.
Even though I eat it often – a few times a month at least – I’ve never stopped to write down exactly what I put in it. But I rose to the request and I’m pretty sure I came up with the most delicious and super easy Peanut Sauce recipe I have made to date. If you’re just dying for the recipe, here it is, but if you continue reading AFTER the recipe, I’ll tell you all the delightful ways I have used it so far.
Sweet & Spicy Easy Peanut Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup 100% peanut butter
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup hot sauce*
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1″ piece of ginger, peeled
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the Peanut Butter to a blender or food processor.
- Blend well, until the garlic and ginger are entirely pureed.
- Add peanut butter and blend until smooth.
- Warm in a saucepan for a few minutres or put into a microwave save container for 1 minute.
Multiple Ways to Use the Easy Peanut Sauce Recipe
The night that I made this amazing sauce, I prepared a stir fry and found some fun new noodles to try out and then poured the sauce over top. It was phenomenal. I’m pretty sure I made inappropriate noises with every single bite. The result in the header image that drew you into this post.
Asian Style Noodles – Green Tea, by Haiku are the noodles I picked up specifically for this recipe. As a Vegan, sometimes I get tired of rice or rice noodles, but a lot of Asian noodles are made with eggs. The ingredients list on this package is: Wheat flour, water, green tea powder, salt. Pretty much a healthy eater’s dream come true. I can pronounce everything on the list and actually have all the ingredients – except time and, honestly, know how – to make these noodles myself!
And the best part is they are delicious and totally filled my craving for noodles. They were also incredibly quick and work really well for single servings because they come pre-sectioned in serving sizes! Big thumbs up for these.
I do try to avoid most processed food, but noodles and wraps are not going anywhere anytime soon, so finding really great, high quality products like this brings me to my happy place!
The stir fry of the night consisted of:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Baby Corn
While I was making this stir fry, I also cooked up some brown rice. You may have heard me talk about ALWAYS having cooked rice ready to go. It is so helpful in a time crunch and it serves as a base for most of Ossa the Pug’s new Vegan food. I also sauteed the onions separately from the stir fry and removed half to freeze into 1/2 cup portions for Ossa food. Then I added the onions and the rest of the veggies were all mine! My pup LOVES her food.
In case you are wondering, she is around 6 years old and has always been the pickiest pug around. Getting her to eat has always been an ordeal. I had to cover her food in coconut oil or peanut butter or pumpkin puree…and even then she wasn’t impressed. Since making her food like this, she scarfs it down and begs for more! She’s not starving or anything, she’s totally healthy. She’s actually full of energy and acting like a puppy again!
It came as kind of a surprise to me, but then I realized that one of the most astonishing things that happened to me when I went Vegan was the loads of energy I had all of a sudden. I didn’t know I was lacking in energy before, but I was just buzzing afterwards. I’ve gotten used to it by now, but I’m always super alert, so it really shouldn’t have surprised me that the same thing would happen with Ossa.
Anyways, moving on. Ossa & I both now had enough stir fry and sauce to last several meals and one of the next things I made was a wrap.
I feel like that is probably a bit anti-climatic because I make so many wraps, so often, but it really is because they are SO GOOD. My mouth waters just a little bit thinking of it. Here is the delightful creation I had for lunch the next day:
What do you think? How do you use your Peanut Sauce? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below!