Peanuts are one of the best foods you can eat for both their nutritional profile and their versatility as both a sweet and savory snack. Peanuts are a versatile ingredient and can be used for far more than just peanut butter sandwiches, or a honey-roasted snack. Here are a couple of our favorite recipes that include peanuts for you to try and get creative with!
Peanut and black rice salad with mango
This salad takes the fantastic-looking black rice, and combines the good peanut with the deliciously sweet mango slices. This is perfect on a hot summer day, for lunch or dinner. To get peanuts for this or any other meal, click here for more info.
1 cup of black rice 2 tbsp sesame oil 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves Salt and black pepper
6 spring onions, sliced finely
1 red onion, sliced finely
50 g dry roasted peanuts, chopped roughly
2 small mangoes, peeled and sliced
2 small red chilies, chopped finely 1 tbsp fish sauce Juice of a lime
Step 1: Cook the rice in water according to the instructions on the pack. Generally, cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender, and then move into a separate bowl.
Step 2: Drizzle the oils over the rice and add the chili, onions, and peanuts. Mix in half of the mango, and then add the fish sauce and lime juice. Divide up and serve!
West African stews make use of peanuts as one of their main ingredients, and often add in fish, beef, or chicken as well. This recipe uses sweet potato and peanut butter as they are slightly quicker and easier to take on the traditional recipe. We recommend that you find the best quality of peanut butter with no added sugar to make sure the meal remains balanced.
2 tbsp vegetable oil (This could be sunflower or rapeseed oil.)
2 garlic cloves, chopped or crushed
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, diced
A pinch of chili flakes or a small pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp cinnamon
300 ml stock (chicken or vegetable)
3 tbsp high-quality smooth peanut butter
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped 1 regular can of chopped tomatoes ½ lime juice fresh coriander Salt and black pepper
Step 1: Add the oil to the pan and add onion, frying until soft.
Step 2: Add spices including the garlic, ginger, chili, cinnamon, and cumin. Allow these to diffuse for 5-10 minutes.
Step 3: Pour in the sweet potatoes and stir into the onion and spice. Mix on a low-medium temperature. Add in the tomatoes and the stock of choice, and let them bubble at a soft boil for up to 15 minutes.
Step 4: Add the peanut butter into the mixture and let it thicken up. When this happens, mash or blitz the potato in a blender.
Step 5: Season with pepper, salt, and the lime juice, and add coriander to serve.