Easy, Everyday Peanut Sauce

I think everyone should have an easy, go-to peanut sauce recipe somewhere in their stack of cookbooks and recipe cut-outs. It really is such a versatile condiment: keep it quite thick, and you’ve got a great paste to add to curries and sauces, loosen it up (adding a bit of water or coconut milk) and you’ve got a tasty dipping sauce, go even further and you’ve made the world’s tastiest salad dressing!

This peanut sauce recipe has a handful of ingredients only and can be adapted to fit your tastes. We like ours with a hefty spice-kick to it, so we are extra generous with the red chilies. If you’re not that fond of really spicy foods, you can leave the chilies out, or just add a pinch of dried red chili flakes, and still have a great-tasting peanut sauce!

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This sauce has it all – slightly sweet, slightly salty and full of yummy peanut goodness! And if you want to eat it by the spoonful, I won’t judge 🙂

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Stay tuned for the best food to pair this peanut sauce with!

Easy, Everyday Peanut Sauce
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2 cups
  • Serving size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 45
  • Fat: 3.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.8 g
  • Sugar: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 37.5 mg
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Condiments
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 lime, juice + zest
  • 2 to 4 Thai red chilies, or 2 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • ¾ cup natural peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
  • Handful of fresh cilantro
  • Water, to thin
Instructions
  1. Whiz everything in the food processor.
  2. Add water to thin to your desired consistency, keeping in mind that the peanut sauce will thicken in the fridge.
  3. Store in the fridge.
Notes
This sauce will last in the fridge for a few weeks.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Red Curry Paste

Starting most Monday mornings, Jonty and I usually start to talk about what we want to make / eat on the coming weekend (five whole days early!!) – probably because we’re so excited to have the weekend roll around again, but also because we tend to have more time to cook, and we enjoy the process 🙂

During the past week, Jonty came across a recipe for a Caribbean-style chicken, and I found a recipe that called for chicken with grilled pineapple. We imagined the flavours would go together well, and  figured it could be good “bowl food” (because we’re all about our nibbly / tapas / small eats on the weekend!).

This recipe is a bit of a mix, partly from a few different recipes online, and partly from the Green Curry Paste I made in the summer. If you want the paste super smooth, a food processor or high-speed blender will be needed, but it’s just a matter of throwing everything into the mix and pureeing until smooth. Super easy!

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As you would expect, the main ingredient of a Red Curry Paste is … wait for it… Red Chili Peppers! We used the thin red Thai chilies – if you can handle the heat, use a lot of them; if you have a more delicate palate, just remove all (or most) of the seeds.

I know lots of people say to wear gloves or something if you’re chopping a lot of chilis or jalapenos, to reduce the burning. I never do, but I usually pay the price (my climber-fingers were burning for most of the evening… and I may have rubbed my eye at some point during the process… ouch!)

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We made a peanut-coconut Thai chicken curry with grilled pineapple, and used about 2 or 3 tbsp of the curry paste for the meal, it was very tasty!

Even on its own, this paste tastes really good, so if you’re looking for a great spicy dip, try mixing 1 tbsp of the curry paste into 1 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt. We nibbled this with fresh veggies and homemade potato chips – add in a good UKIPA, and your Saturday night is set! 🙂

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Homemade Red Curry Paste
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1.5 cups
  • Serving size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 13
  • Fat: 0.9 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.5 g
  • Sugar: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 56.1 mg
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Condiments
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Ingredients
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 45 g / 1.5 oz / ~20 red Thai chilis, chopped (seeds in or out, depending on your heat preference)
  • ½ medium red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 5 cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh turmeric root, peeled (~2 little pieces)
  • 1 stalk fresh lemongrass (bottom ⅔rd of the stalk)
  • 1 lime, zest + juice
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Place everything in a food processor (fitted with the S-blade) or a high-speed blender (like a Blendtec) and puree until smooth. This may take at least 5 minutes.
  2. Taste and adjust add more salt or lime juice, if necessary.
  3. Transfer into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Notes
The paste should last in the refrigerator, in a tightly-sealed container, for at least one month.
For use in curries, I usually add 2 to 3 heaping tablespoons.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Smoothie: Week 4

Goodness! How can we be entering the final week of January already? I only have one smoothie recipe for you today, but if you like those Terry’s Chocolate Oranges, this Chocolate Orange Green Smoothie will probably be right up your alley! 🙂

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Now, since starting the January Smoothie Challenge, I have learned a few things.

First – You can pretty much use ANY type of fruit, and your smoothie will taste just fine!

Second – You can pretty much use ANY type of green, and your smoothie will taste just fine!

Case in point – Rainbow chard was on sale last week, so I picked up two big bundles of it, and have been using this as my green for all Week 4 smoothies. And (spoiler alert!) all the smoothies have tasted great 🙂

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I suppose Swiss chard is a fairly neutral green anyway, but still – don’t be afraid to use any green you’d like, spinach and kale are not the only two options! Also, I always add the stems to my smoothies (if you have a high-speed blender like a Blendtec, getting the smoothie smooth should not be a problem). This adds a good amount of fibre to the drink and once the fruit has been added to the mix, you won’t taste any bitterness at all.

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One more note – I usually add chia or flax seeds to all the smoothies. It’s a great and simple way to add additional fibre, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients to your diet, just a tablespoon or so does the trick!

Chocolate Orange Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 smoothie
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 218 cal
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.4 g
  • Sugar: 24.8 g
  • Sodium: 205.7 g
  • Fiber: 10.2 g
  • Protein: 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Drinks, Breakfast
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Ingredients
  • 90 g (1 cup packed) rainbow swiss chard (or any other green)
  • 1 cup water (or coconut water)
  • 1 banana, chopped into pieces and frozen
  • 1 small mandarine orange
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tbsp dark cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Blend together the swiss chard, flax seed, cocoa powder and water until smooth.
  2. Add the orange and banana and blend again, until smooth.
Notes
Try strawberries, instead of oranges, for another flavour option.
Make sure at least one piece of fruit is frozen, if you want a cold, thick smoothie.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Smoothie: Week 3

Well, I’ve just finished Week 3, and it’s been Smoothie Sailing! 🙂 But seriously, it’s been a pretty tasty challenge I’ve taken on! I may not be following the daily recipes religiously, as I’ve tried to use them more for inspiration and as a guide in order to expand my fruits and greens combinations.

The winners this week were the Apple-Ginger Smoothie (with ginger, lime, apples and chia seeds)…

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… and one I’m calling the Tropical Fiesta Smoothie, with kiwi, oranges and pineapple.

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Mornings can be a bit of a rush, so I always make sure to prep my smoothie ingredients the night before. Once you get into the habit, it’s pretty easy. I weigh out the greens and liquids into the BlendTec jar, along with extras like chia seeds, flax seeds and ginger. The fruit gets chopped up and put into the freezer, so it’s always nice and cold.

In the morning, Jonty blends up my smoothie for me (because it takes me longer to get ready!!), all he has to do is put the frozen fruit in the blender jar and he’s good to go! Making them takes a minute or two and just requires tweaking the liquid to get the perfect consistency as the ingredients are blending!

Preparation is the key for success 🙂

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As always, these smoothies make one big glass, so if you have a few people in your house who want to partake, feel free to double the ingredient list.

Also, I can’t stop seeing a face in the Tropical Fiesta Smoothie picture above, do you see it too?! Those big green eyes and kiwi nose staring at me! 🙂

Have a great Sunday, and Happy Smoothing!

Apple-Ginger Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 large glass
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 245
  • Fat: 4.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.1 g
  • Sugar: 25.3 g
  • Sodium: 284.2 mg
  • Fiber: 13.2 g
  • Protein: 7.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 70 g (1 packed cup) kale
  • 1 cup coconut water (we use the King Island Pure Coconut Water)
  • 1" piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (or ½ tsp ground ginger)
  • ½ banana, chopped
  • ½ medium apple, cored and diced
  • ½ lime, juice
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Place the kale, lime juice, ginger, chia seeds and coconut water in a high-speed blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Add the banana and apple and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, make sure at least one of the fruit is frozen.

Tropical Fiesta Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 large glass
  • Serving size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 270
  • Fat: 1.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.9 g
  • Sugar: 41 g
  • Sodium: 39.8 mg
  • Fiber: 11.2 g
  • Protein: 6.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 70 g (1 cup, packed) kale
  • 1 cup coconut water (we use King Island Pure Coconut Water)
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
  • 1 mandarine orange, peeled
  • 160 g (1 cup) diced pineapple
Instructions
  1. Blend together the kale and coconut water until smooth.
  2. Add the kiwi, orange and pineapple and blend again, until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, ensure at least one of your fruit ingredients is frozen.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Smoothie: Week 2

How was your first full week of the new year?! Our week seemed to fly by, due in a large part to a pretty crazy work week. I had to go in to work today (boo!) to test a new machine upgrade, but was rewarded with a few hours of climbing afterward (Jonty sent his 12c, and Moira her V6 – yay!).

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Moira using her super core strength on a V6 boulder problem.

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Jonty half way on a 5.12c route.

Week 2 of my Green Smoothie Challenge has been successful (you can find my favourites from Week 1 here). I managed 6 green smoothies in 7 days (after aiming for 5 per week), with the only day missing being the day Jonty and I go out for breakfast after our 5:30 am gym workout (in which case we console ourselves with a coffee and a muffin from Whole Foods.) 🙂

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Like last week, I ended up changing up the ingredients of most of the intended recipes. Luckily, they were all quite tasty – my go-to ingredient this week was fresh ginger, I added it to every smoothie! I absolutely love the smell and taste of fresh ginger, so I probably add more than most people might like, but the combination of the spicy ginger with sweet pineapple is a winner in my books 🙂

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I’ve included recipes for my two favourite smoothies of the week:

A Ginger-Citrus Smoothie…

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… and a Pomegranate Spritzer Smoothie.

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Both recipes make enough for one big serving, so if you want to make enough for two people, just double the ingredients.

We hope you have a great Green Week!

Ginger-Citrus Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Serving size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 165
  • Fat: 1.2 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.1 g
  • Sugar: 26.2 g
  • Sodium: 40 mg
  • Fiber: 7.1 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup / 60 g (packed) fresh kale
  • 1 cup / 150 g chopped pineapple (preferably frozen)
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 piece (1 - 2") fresh ginger, peeled and diced
  • ½ fresh lime
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Using a high-speed blender, blend together the kale, orange and water until smooth.
  2. Add the pineapple and ginger and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, make sure at least one fruit is frozen (the pineapple, in this case).
Feel free to use water, coconut water, or non-dairy milk for the liquid.

Pomegranate Spritzer Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Serving size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 189
  • Fat: 4.1 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.7 g
  • Sugar: 22.3 g
  • Sodium: 40.3 mg
  • Fiber: 9.5 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast, Drink
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup / 70 g (packed) kale
  • 1 cup / 150 g chopped pineapple (preferably frozen)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 (1" - 2") piece fresh ginger, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Using a high-speed blender, blend together the kale, pomegranate and chia seeds until smooth.
  2. Add the pineapple and ginger and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, make sure at least one fruit is frozen (the pineapple, in this case).
Feel free to use water, coconut water, or non-dairy milk for the liquid.

Enjoy!

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