Food is something that I thoroughly enjoy everything about. Going to the grocery store or farmers market and picking out fresh, organic produce is a fun afternoon for me. Then getting the food home and thinking of how I can use it in recipes and trying out new foods makes me excited to cook just thinking about it. While cooking for one means I don’t ever have to consider anyone else’s likes and dislikes when deciding what to make for dinner, it can also sometimes feel like I’m missing an important part of the food-love puzzle; getting to feed others. I know I love my cooking, but to be able to give others something delicious to eat and have them love the food you make too is a feeling of achievement you can’t find elsewhere. And because I know what I’m serving them is a healthy and nutritious meal, I always feel great about getting to cook for other people, especially family!
Tonight I had the pleasure of having my sister and future brother in law over for dinner. It was a last minute decision to get together and she had already planned on cooking some salmon that night for their own dinner, so I told her to bring it over and I’d cook and incorporate their filet’s into my dish. I had gone to whole foods this past weekend and picked up a ton of amazing veggies…but most importantly, a BIG tub of their freshly ground peanut butter. Seriously, this stuff is uh-may-zing (and a special thanks to my cousin Jessica who introduced me to it!). While I can, and have, literally eaten this stuff by the spoonful, I wanted to use it in another way. I thought, why not make my own Thai peanut sauce? This is certainly nothing I have ever made before, but trying new things is what I’m all about! How hard can it be?
In the spirit of full disclosure, my first attempt came out AWFUL! People say to me all the time, your food always looks so delicious, and well, that’s because you only see the delicious foods! Haha. But my never give up attitude made me start all over and the second product came out simply spectacular. Lucky for all of you, I even remembered to measure this time 😉
While the sauce is what made the meal for me, the veggies and soba noodles played a winning supporting role. I used bok choy, mushrooms, and yellow and orange bell peppers for the veggies, cooked with garlic and fresh grated ginger in virgin organic coconut oil. The coconut oil really gave this dish another nice level of flavor. The noodles tossed in there are soba, or buckwheat noodles, which are a favorite of mine and go great in Asian style cooking. The creamy peanut sauce mixed in there, and topped with baked salmon, made this dinner so good that we just kept talking about how good it was while we were eating it!
This sauce is something I will continue to experiment with and change up, just because that’s how I am, 😉 but trust me, it’s amazing and incredibly simple to make as is:
Thai peanut sauce:
- 2 TBS (whole foods freshly ground) peanut butter – (the grainy texture really added that extra oomf to the sauce)
- 1 TBS rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp organic honey
- 2 splashes Silk almond milk (I wished I had coconut milk but this actually tasted great with the peanut butter, and I got the coconut flavor from cooking the veggies with coconut oil instead)
Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl then add to the cooked veggies and noodles and there you have it! YUM!!
Tonight’s dinner really made me think about a couple of different “don’t forget’s”. Most importantly, don’t forget the importance of eating together. Not only does cooking for others feel great when they like your food, but eating with family and friends is really good for keeping your mind healthy as well as eating a healthy meal does for your body. And two, don’t forget that it’s not going to come out delicious or perfect every time, but that doesn’t mean its a failure or to give up. Sometimes the best things come from the knowledge you gain by making mistakes…like don’t forget to be delicate with the soy sauce when getting creative 😉 lol