Peanut Butter Hummus

Peanut Butter Hummus

Peanut Butter Hummus

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Had a bunch of cut up and bagged veggies to use for snacks but I didn’t have anything for a dip because we had just finished store bought Hummus and I don’t really like Ranch dressing so I decided to make my own.

Now traditional Hummus is Chickpeas and Tahini as a base and then other ingredients added to your liking. I found I was out of Tahini but I remembered a conversation with a friend who makes hers with Peanut Butter so I decided to give it a go…. and it works.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping List:

  • 1 19 ounce can Chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 2 Garlic cloves peeled and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Putting it all together:

  1. Place all ingredients except the Olive Oil in a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. With the machine running add the olive oil.
  3. If the mixture is to thick add some warm water until you get the consistency you like.

There you have it another “Simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time…….

                          Bon Appetit

Pad Thai Meatballs

Pad Thai Meatballs

Pad Thai Meatballs

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Fusion in cuisine is the blending of two cultures into one and making it work which I guess is what this recipe really is because it has taken what is considered a traditional Italian dish, Meatballs, and blended it with a traditional Asian dish, Pad Thai, and frankly it works.

Now as a time saver and the fact I was feeling rather under the weather today I used frozen meatballs and that’s okay with me.

Cooks note: At the end of the day this recipe fed 4 Adults and 1 Child for a total of $20.00 which is astounding for anyone’s budget.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • 2 pounds frozen Pre Cooked meatballs 
  • 1 package Extra Broad Egg Noodles
  • 3 tsps Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup Soya sauce
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Sambal
  • 2-3 tsp Lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 4 Garlic cloves – rough chopped
  • Salted Peanuts – crushed for garnish
  • Cilantro – chopped for garnish
  • Scallion greens – chopped for garnish
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch and 4 tbsp Water   (optional)

Putting it all together:

  1. Heat the oil in a large fry pan and heat the meatballs on medium high.
  2. While the meatballs are heating mix the remaining ingredients, except the peanuts and cilantro, and mix well.
  3. When the meatballs have heated trough add the sauce mix stirring well. If you wish for your sauce to be thicker this is the time to add the slurry of cornstarch and water.
  4. Plate the noodles and top with the meatballs
  5. Garnish with the peanuts, scallions and Cilantro
  6. Enjoy.

There you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time……

                           Bon Appetit 

Spicy Peanut Pork Stir Fry

  • Servings: ”2-4″
  • Difficulty: ”easy”
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Spicy Peanut Pork

The inspiration for this dish came from my ever lovely wife and best friend who simply stated she didn’t feel like having Chinese Five Spice Pork (see recipe under Easy Peasy) not because she doesn’t like it but because she was in the mood for something with a little heat so I did a bit of sleuthing through my recipes, cook books, the Internet and of course Pinterest. The resulting recipe is a compilation of a few that I found on the Net plus my own additions and because I have added my own twists and turns to this I hereby claim this one as my own recipe.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • Two large Pork Sirloin chops (boneless) cut into thin strips (about 10 ounces)
  • Two packages of Udon noodles (the ones I buy come in four packs)
  • Six medium mushrooms– quartered
  • 1/2 Cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup Sodium reduced Soya Sauce
  • One medium onion– rough chopped
  • Two garlic cloves– minced
  • One teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 bag of frozen stir fry veggies
  • Three tablespoons smooth Peanut Butter
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds

Putting it all together:

  1. In a medium to large bowl mix the beef broth,soya sauce,crushed red pepper flakes, garlic and peanut butter until smooth and set aside
  2. In a wok or large saute pan heat about three tablespoons oil and add the onions and mushrooms and cook until the onions are tender- about three minutes
  3. Add in the Pork mixture, stir well, and cook on medium high heat for about ten minutes – stirring every couple of minutes so it does not stick
  4. Add in the stir fry veggies and cook until they are heated through but not mushy- about 5 minutes
  5. Bring about three inches of water to a boil and add the Udon noodles and cook for 4 minutes
  6. Drain the noodles, place on a plate or large bowl
  7. Top with the Spicy Peanut Pork and some Sesame seeds
  8. Enjoy

There you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time…….

                       Bon Appetit