About a year and a half ago, Peanut Butter Boy (aka: Nick) contacted us about trying out some peanut butter samples for a line of PB that he was developing. Nick started out as a food blogger who blogged about peanut butter recipes. With all of his experience cooking and baking with peanut butter, Nick began to focus more on the quality of the peanut butter he was using. In his search for the perfect peanut butter, Nick decided to take matters into his own hands and developed his own line of peanut butter.
For now, Peanut Butter Boy has two peanut butters to choose from: Super Smooth and Crunch Power. Both peanut butters include only three ingredients: roasted peanuts, palm oil and sea salt.
Since the peanut butter uses no fillers and is vegan-friendly, I knew I wanted to use it to make a vegan meal for friends we had invited for dinner. I searched around for vegan salad dressings that include peanut butter and found this recipe for Fresh Restaurant's Tangled Thai Salad. Even though the list of ingredients is long, I was drawn in by the pictures and a desire to try some ingredients that I don't normally use.
Here is the dressing with just some of the ingredients. I made a double recipe of the dressing.
2. Garnish with cucumber, peanuts, Fresh Salad Topper, lime and cilantro.
The salad was delicious! The dressing really makes it. I wish I knew how to mix ingredients to create a blend like this without a recipe. I need to do more experimenting. The peanut butter was just one of many ingredients. I have also tried some on a spoon and loved the flavour. But, I'll need to continue to try the peanut butter in other recipes!
There were some bumps in the process of making the salad. For one, it took quite a while to put together -- between getting the ingredients (I never did find jicama, so I substituted Asian pear) and all of the chopping. Yet another reminder that I need to be more prepared. Sometimes I over-estimate how productive I can be with a baby in tow. Thankfully, E was happy to hang out on my back while I made dinner. Yay for babywearing!
Another challenge was trying to puff quinoa. I Googled what this meant. But, really had no idea what I was doing. I tried to keep shaking the pot, so as to avoid burnt quinoa. But, I still ended up burning it. Below is my dutch oven, sitting on my balcony to avoid the burnt smell from circulating in the house.