peanut sauce

I have to give all credit to my husband for attempting this recipe. I didn't know it was so easy, or that we would have all the ingredients, but dang!....this is good! Its amazing over rice, chicken/beef, tofu, noodles, veggies....anything! We doubled the recipe to have some for later. Peanut sauce is typically found in Asian countries (Indonesia, Thailand, China) served over veggies, noodles, or tofu. You can make it spicy, or top with chopped peanuts too. You can thicken it with milk/coconut milk, or stretch with water. Make it to suite your taste-buds. Feel free to tweak this however you see fit!

1/4 cup peanut butter (natural & creamy, no sugar kind)
2 tsp soy sauce
1 T brown sugar (we only added 1 tsp)
1 T fresh lemon or lime juice
1/4 cup coconut milk (lite is fine, if you prefer or substitute water)
1/4 cup water
red chili flake to taste
1 clove crushed garlic

sesame oil
curry paste/powder
rice wine vinegar
fish sauce
grated ginger
shallots sauteed til brown in oil

Combine all ingredients with a whisk in a small bowl, adding the water last. Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until sauce begins to bubble and thicken. Experiment with this sauce adding a teaspoon at a time of one the optional additions and tasting as you go. Serve hot or cold. Yum!!

tofu peanut stir fry

This is a great way to eat tofu for the first time - its a bit crunchy, yet still soft. This is such a quick, inexpensive meal - and tastes great! Prepare all your ingredients first, and then begin to cook. You will need a large wok & lid. Serve over noodles or steamed rice.

1 tsp vegetable oil
your favorite chopped veggies (a wok-ful)
(we used onion, cauliflower, carrots, celery, squash, & cabbage since that was in my fridge)
1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
hot water to steam veggies in wok

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup cornstarch
salt & pepper to taste
1 block firm tofu, drained and cubed (about 14 oz)
1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup peanut sauce
1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add onions, garlic & ginger first until cooked thru. Season with salt & pepper. Add denser veggies first (carrots, cauliflower, celery), allowing to cook before you add the softer veggies (squash, cabbage, etc) and cook until tender. I sometimes add water during this stage to help the veggies "steam" in the wok. The water cooks off. You don't want to over cook the cabbage, while waiting for the carrots to get tender. Remove vegetables from skillet, and set aside.

Whisk eggs in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch, salt & pepper. Dip tofu cubes first in the egg, then the cornstarch mixture to coat. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet or wok over medium heat, and cook the coated tofu 5-8 minutes, until golden brown. Stir in the peanut sauce and peanuts. Continue to cook and stir until sauce has thickened and tofu is well-coated.

Top rice with veggies, tofu and extra peanut sauce.