I’m still not completely comfortable with the idea that peanut butter can be used in a dinner recipe. I’m used to having peanut butter on sandwiches, in cookies, with apples, but not with pasta or rice and vegetables. Unless you try foods outside of your comfort zone, you’ll never get to taste all the delicious foods out there!
This recipe is surprisingly delicious and I have made it numerous times and it just keeps getting better!
You can separate the vegetables and the rice
Or you can mix it all together
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1-2 tbsp sriracha
- 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1-2 tbsp water
- Garlic, pepper and cayenne to taste
- 1 bag of brown rice
- 1 bell pepper
- 1/2 white onion
- Snow peas
- 1 small broccoli crown
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
*Note: Some grocery stores sell pre-packaged stir-fry vegetable mixes that contain all of the vegetables listed above. Feel free to use that if it is more cost-effective, it will also reduce the prep time for this meal.
You can feel free to swap the vegetables you use in the stir-fry; add more in, take some out, do whatever you’d like.
- Chop the pepper into strips and broccoli into florets. Dice the onion.
- Cook brown rice according to the package instructions.
- You could use white rice if you prefer.
- While the rice is cooking, heat 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in a medium pan.
- Add the vegetables to the pan and cook covered until they are soft, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce.
- If the sauce seems too thick, add extra water to thin it out. It shouldn’t be watery, but it also shouldn’t be super thick. A good consistency is similar to that of the Sriracha sauce you added.
- When the rice is done cooking, drain it and add butter/seasoning if you would like.
- Once the vegetables are cooked, mix the sauce in and coat all of the vegetables. Cook for a few minutes until everything is the same temperature.
- Divide rice and vegetables into a bowl.
As mentioned above, you could always put this mixture over pasta rather than rice.
When looking at all the ingredients, you’re not quite sure how all these flavors will combine. Sriracha and peanut butter? Well, surprisingly, they taste very good together in this dish, I don’t think I will be making a peanut butter and Sriracha sandwich anytime soon though!
What is your favorite type of peanut butter? Let us know in the comments below!