If your anything like me……I Love peanut butter, so when I saw this recipe being executed on TV I just had to try it. I have adjusted the ingredients slightly to suit our tastes and I have to admit it’s bloody lovely! This will soon be a staple recipe in my household I think.
You can serve it with some rice for a dinner, or even just on a toasted open baguette (which we done) or even as a filling in a wrap for lunch, its very versatile.
Makes enough for 4 people
For the Chicken Thighs and marinade:-
500g chicken thighs cut into strips
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp cornflour
1 tbsp peanut oil
For the Sauce:-
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (good quality one)
80g peanut butter – crunchy
1 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp sichuan peppercorns – toasted and ground (you can use rainbow peppercorns too)
2 tbsp peanut oil
2 red chillies – chopped finely or 2 tsp dried chillies
4 spring onions – finely chopped
2 garlic cloves – crushed
1 inch root ginger, finely chopped
- For the marinade for chicken thighs – Mix the soy sauce, peanut oil and cornflour in a bowl, add the chicken and ensure coated evenly, allow to stand at room temperature for at least 1/2 hour.
- Meanwhile for the sauce, combine together balsamic vinegar, peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil and peppercorns until smooth.
- Heat a wok or large fry pan over a medium to high heat, add the peanut oil to heat through until pan is coated, then add in the chillies, ginger and garlic cook for about 1 minute.
- Add in the marinated chicken and cook until chicken is browned all over. Add in the spring onions and the sauce mixture coating all the chicken pieces, cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment.
This is my go to Pizza Sauce, ever since I started cooking I always look for healthier options to shop bought products and this is definitely one of them. Not only are your homemade options healthier but so much more tastier.
Makes enough for 2 large pizzas
250g of fresh tomatoes or 1 can 400g of chopped tin tomatoes. (I would urge you to try fresh it makes such a difference to the flavour.
4 garlic cloves – minced
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
salt & fresh cracked pepper
1 tbsp Olive oil
- First place the fresh tomatoes into a pan of boiling water to loose the skins (about 10 mins). Remove skins before placing into processor.
- Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Tasting through and adding more pepper or oil as required. If you prefer a really thick sauce, drain some of the tomato juice before putting into the blender.
- The sauce can be used straight away or chilled in the fridge up to 1 week.
Oh yummy…yummy…yummy! In a bid to try and eat a bit healthier, I decided to make some peanut butter hummus for my saturday night munchies, I got the original recipe from Nigella but tweeked it slightly.
Makes enough for a medium tub – about 400g
1 can chick peas drained
1 clove garlic – peeled
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt flakes
1 tsp ground cumin
3 tbsp greek yoghurt
1 tsp smoked paprika to serve
- Place everything (except paprika) into a food processor and blitz until smooth. If its too thick still add more yoghurt.
- Sprinkle paprika before serving. Tuck in with some fresh carrots or some healthy crackers.
Having some leftover beetroot and chickpeas in cupboard, it was an easy choice tonight to whip up a wee healthy snack after my gym session.
Makes a good size container – about 12 servings (depending on your serving size of course)
4 fresh beetroot – cooked and chopped
1 can 400g chickpeas – drained
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves – finely chopped
1 freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp cumin
- Put everything into a food processor and whip together until blended well.
Serve with some lovely crispbreads, crackers, carrot, celery the list goes on what this goes with.
I had some Garlic Bread left over from dinner last night, so I wanted to try something different with it rather than just heating it up. I just love spinach, so why not? It turned out absolutely delicious….if I do say so myself. lol!
Makes 1 small pot – about 1 cup
2 cups of fresh spinach leaves or 6 rounds of frozen spinach
1/2 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley. (you could use basil also)
1/4 cup of walnuts or pine nuts
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese – freshly grated
2 garlic cloves
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
- Put everything into a food processor and blitz until blended together.
Serve up. I had mine on bread but you could use this as a base for pizza, in salads, so much more. Will keep in fridge covered for up to 3 days.
Another one of my must makes this year is Satay Sauce, and yay…I’ve done it! So simple and healthier than shop bought versions. I went for a mild version tonight, but I also think that adding a little chilli or tobasco could work just as good if you wanted a little kick to it.
Makes enough for 2 portions of stir fry.
3 tbsp Peanut butter – I used Whole Earth Crunchy as I like the bit of crunch, but you can use smooth and any brand you wish.
2 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tbsp Light Brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp peanut oil
2 tbsp lime juice
- Put everything in a microwave jug with 2 tbsp water and microwave for 1 minute. Stir and add to your stir fry.
As easy as that! Yummy!
My favourite go to dressing for…well…just about everything. This, in my opinion is better than shop bought ones…….well I will say that but I’m serious. lol!
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Pinch of dried oregano
- Combine all ingredients in small bowl and whisk to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)