First order of business: THANK YOU! Every one of your comments on yesterday’s post made me smile from ear-to-ear and I couldn’t be more grateful to have all of you by my side. You’re the best! I will be sure to update you as the release date is revealed!
Date Night In
Last night, I got out of work rather late - way past my dinner time – and was starving! I was running around the clinic like a mad woman and hadn’t had the time to eat anything. I called Matty and he hadn’t eaten yet either, so I suggested we make something quick. There was a package of gardein in his freezer, so I pan-seared some of that and roasted some Brussels sprouts.
After my first run-in with gardein, I was admittedly a little nervous. I’m not a faux meat kinda gal (the more nature-derived, the better for me) but I decided to give these a try because it was 8:00 p.m. and this girl needed food in her tummy! The above product was gardein’s crispy chick’n and I really liked them because a.) they don’t look like chicken and b.) they don’t taste like chicken. They might have techincally failed the mock meat test but I was a total fan!
We capped off the night by watching Woody Allen’s film, Midnight in Paris. I really loved it while Matty thought it was just okay. There isn’t a huge climax but I liked that about the film – it made everything very real and genuine, in my opinion. I also loved Owen Wilson’s character; he was so endearing and innocent, a side of him we’re not really used to in movies. I also now want to re-read The Great Gatsby. Thanks, Woody. Have any of you seen it?
Today is HIIT day! Woo hoo! Before work, I busted through ZWOW #20, one of my favorites. My thighs were on FIRE by the end of it! Single-leg dip jumps hurt so good. I also beat Zuzana’s time by 10 seconds, which felt pretty amazing!
Warm Chickpeas in a Thai Peanut Sauce
I don’t know what it is about this powdered peanut butter but it’s really inspiring me lately! While at work today, I was thinking about what I wanted to make for lunch (it happens) and peanut sauce immediately popped into my head. It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed Thai food, and creating my own version of the salty-meets-sweet sauce sounded like a fine idea. Finer than Ryan Gosling? Well, that’s debatable.
Oh, dear me.
Anyways, back to this dish. In just 15 minutes, you’ll have a five-star peanut sauce that also happens to be extremely healthy! I would argue it to be one of the tastiest sauces to ever cross your beautiful lips. But I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Warm Chickpeas in a Thai Peanut Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (Serves 1)
- 1/2 cup organic coconut milk (full-fat version)
- 1/3 cup powdered peanut butter (Just Great Stuff or PB2 brands work best)
- 1 tsp. Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Sauce (low-sodium soy or teriyaki sauce also works)
- 1/2 packet of stevia
- 1 generous squeeze of 1/2 lime
- 1/2 garlic clove, minced
- 2/3 cup organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 mint leaves for garnish
- On medium-low heat, pour coconut milk and powdered peanut butter into a medium-sized sauce pan.
- Allow it to simmer, stirring consistently until all lumps are gone.
- Add soyaki sauce, stevia, lime juice, and garlic to the sauce pan.
- Stir sauce consistently for about 4 minutes or until sauce thickens.
- Turn the burner to the lowest heat setting and add your chickpeas.
- Stir until chickpeas are well coated and allow everything to sit for two minutes.
- Pour into a bowl and garnish with mint leaves
- Eat yo’ beautiful face off!
I was amazed at how well the powdered peanut butter held its own in this dish. The sauce is thick, decadent, and super creamy in texture – everything you could possibly want! I served it with some raw, dressed greens for an extra nutrition punch. This is such a great, comforting meal. Let me know if you give it a go!