In honor of National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, I’d like to share my own personal story of how peanut butter came to my rescue. Picture ninth grade Geometry class. One near-retirement teacher is nodding off at his desk. Like a classic John Hughes film clip, chaos is in full swing. One 15-year-old girl with waist-long, late 1980s hair feels an unmistakable “plop” in her super-sized bangs. It’s gum. Bright lime green, sticky, gooey gum. A classmate across the room had been aiming at the boy behind me, but alas—despite being the ninth grade football team’s quarterback, his aim was off (or so he claimed)—and my waist-long hair was the victim.
Off I ran to the nurse’s office, and she sent me to the cafeteria for—you guessed it—peanut butter. Good ol’ peanut butter saved my tresses from the scissors, and although I smelled of peanuts for the remainder of the day, I was forever grateful to—yes you got it—peanut butter.
Of course peanut butter is useful for many purposes, not just getting gum out of hair (although if that ever happens to you, I highly recommend the strategy). Baking with peanut butter, cooking with it, eating it plain out of the jar—how many ways can we love peanut butter? Hundreds. But since we don’t have that much time, we’ll just cover some highlights.
Breakfast: Peanut butter and honey on whole grain toast or an English muffin is my go-to pre-workout breakfast. On the weekends, my favorite waffle topping is peanut butter and syrup (it tastes like a Nutter Butter cookie, delish). My kids love to eat apple slices dipped in peanut butter for a snack, and I love that they consume both fruit and a protein, sure to keep them satisfied until dinner.
Cooking & Baking: My favorite peanut butter dish is peanut sauce served over stir-fried vegetables and rice noodles.
1 cup creamy Parkers Farm peanut butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup white vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup sesame oil
½ Tablespoon chopped garlic
½ Tablespoon chopped cilantro
¼ cup cold water
¼ cup Thai sweet chili sauce
¼ cup chopped peanuts
Stir-fried vegetables of your choice (I like carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, water chestnuts, bell peppers)
Thai rice noodles, cooked
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients and mix or whisk until creamy. Toss with Thai rice noodles and vegetables and serve.
Here are some more delicious peanut butter recipe ideas from parkersfarm.com.