Peanut Sauce: Simply Yummy!

Happy Friday! With this week’s confession about peanut butter, I thought I’d give you another favorite recipe for you to try this weekend!

Behold: peanut sauce!

This peanut sauce reminds me of a quaint restaurant in Winston-Salem called Simply Yummy. Unfortunately they’re closed for business but when they were operating, they served everything from stews, warm paninis, to extravagant coffees and house baked treats. The real star, in my opinion, was their carrots and peanut sauce side! Their peanut sauce brings me back to my M.Div days, studying for exams, writing term papers…eating one carrot one dollop of peanut sauce with a carrot at a time! Excuse me ma’am, may I have more peanut sauce?!Screen shot 2015-07-31 at 9.33.06 AM

Since they’ve closed and I’ve moved from Winston, I wanted to recreate that yummy peanut sauce. The best part about it…it’s super simple ;-).

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons peanut butter (any kind. I prefer a creamy, reduced fat)
  • 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce (found in the Asian section of the grocery!)
  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons warm water
  • crushed peanuts (reserve some for garnish)

Directions

  • Mix it all together!
  • Garnish with crushed peanuts
  • Dip away!

How simple is that?! It’s perfect with carrots…

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Or homemade spring rolls…

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Or your take on pad Thai…

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Honesty…it’s just a perfect sauce. Let me know how you like it!

Buy Figs, Eat Figs.

Perhaps I’ve missed my calling. That, or I have a deep love affair with food. (Probably the latter.) I truly believe that food is my love language and y’all, I have fallen.in.love.

I went to the market and came across figs. I’ve never bought a fig & attempted to cook it, so I was a little intimidated…just like I was with the rhubarb I bought at the market (and sits in my fridge until I get the nerve up to make something wonderful with it). (Suggestions?)

Back to the figs. They were so beautiful. That’s truly the reason why I bought them…so beautiful just sitting there.

See?

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So I asked social media what to do with said figs and most of you said eat it raw. Meh, they’re ok like that but I wasn’t too impressed. Until.

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Until a candle was lit and the lights turned low…

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And the honey was dripped and the figs kissed the grill. And when the goat cheese was crumbled and the aged balsamic was drizzled…and fresh chopped rosemary was sprinkled for good-measure…I.WAS.IN.LOVE.

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And that’s my love story with figs.

For your own love affair, buy figs, eat figs.

  • wash figs, remove top stem, and halve them
  • lightly drizzle with honey
  • grill halves (we did open face up) for 5 minutes
  • crumble soft goat cheese
  • drizzle with aged balsamic
  • sprinkle fresh chopped rosemary
  • eat & fall in love

Spaghetti Squash Recipe!

Let’s get real. This pic made you want the recipe. Spaghetti squash with ground turkey and homemade basil/garlic tomato sauce. YUP! Here you go, friends!

992955_4769956458232_131554396_nI’ve lost a total of 15 pounds since eating clean, maintaining an active exercise schedule, and doing Advocare. BEST decision I’ve ever made & committed to. I have more energy than I’ve ever had, I physically/mentally/spiritually feel healthier and stronger. My life has truly been changed!

Please please please let me tell you more about Advocare by commenting below. Comment with your email address and I’ll send you more details. Until… enjoy this recipe!

  • Wash Spaghetti Squash (aka s.s.)!
  • Poke holes in it with a fork, ½ inch of add water to a pan (I used a bread pan since I had a small s.s.)
  • Bake spaghetti squash for 45 minutes at 350 degrees (or longer if you can’t easily poke your fork in it).
  • Once your baking time is done, cut s.s. in half. Scoop out seeds in middle of each side. Shred the insides with a fork. Or, watch this if you want to cook it in the microwave for 10 minutes!

Tomato Sauce

  • Wash about 8 small tomatoes you get from the vine.
  • Cut into quarters.
  • Add ¼ inch of water to baking pan & add tomatoes.
  • Chop fresh basil & garlic and put on top of ‘maters
  • Sprinkle fresh ground pepper on top.
  • Bake along with s.s. at the same time! (45minuntes-ish at 350)
  • Once you’re done with baking, put the tomatoes & water in a mixing bowl and use a hand-held blender to puree sauce. (You could also put in in your Ninja or blender.)

I like to add some fresh ground turkey on top of my s.s. & homemade tomato sauce. I cook the lean turkey in some of my tomato sauce to add flavor.

This  meal is LEGIT. For 1 cup of spaghetti squash, ½ cup of tomato sauce, and (YES AND) 3oz of lean ground turkey

  • Calories: 277
  • Carbs: 22
  • Fat: 15
  • Protein: 17g

Alright, folks. If it spaghetti squash looks like spaghetti… feels like spaghetti…well it’s not spaghetti. It’s called spaghetti squash because of the noodle-like appareance of the veggie. It tastes delicious and covered with your (clean) tomato sauce and ground meat, it’ll be a great alternative to your spaghetti noodle (which has 220 calories & 43carbs in one cup alone. YIKES!).

Bon Appetit!

Don’t Overnight Curry.

I’d like to think that I have brilliant ideas. The execution of said ideas are a toss up.

One of these ideas came out of my love for leftovers for breakfast. On Sunday, I was planning ahead my meals for the week and realized the orange curry chicken marmalade I craved could be ready if I simply put it in the crockpot over night, ready for Monday morning. What a great way to start out a Monday, am I right!?

Let me back up.

When I moved to Charleston, I loved Charleston and Charleston loved me…and it showed on the scale! My clothes started to…ahem… “shrink.” (I’ll write more about this later—promise!) So for the past two and a half months, I’ve been inspired by friends and their healthy food intake to challenge myself to eat clean(er) and switch up my workouts for max results. (Again, more on the details of this soon…) I’ve seen results and I am motivated and excited to continue to eat healthy and workout hard.

Screen Shot 2013-05-15 at 7.40.44 AMAn example of how much I was loving Charleston food….!

Part of my success has been doing Advocare. (Next post is dedicated to this alone!) It is a 24-Day Challenge and they emphasize clean eating, working out, and using their vitamins for total health. I LOVE IT. Today marks day 15 and I haven’t felt this great in years!

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With this challenge, they give a slew of recipes. I hadn’t tried any of them until this “overnight excursion.” When I read the recipe of this “slow cooker marmalade curry chicken,” my mouth watered and before I knew it, I had all of the ingredients piled in my crockpot by 10pm Sunday night.

I was so excited about it. I went to bed that night with curry on my mind—so much so I dreamed about eating it all night long. Perhaps it was the dreams that woke me up at 1:27am, or my grumbling stomach for the strong aroma of curry that filled my tiny little house? Maybe it was the fact that my AC wasn’t on, causing little house to be a sweat lodge? Perhaps it was my crockpot that awoke my slumber as it made that “I’m ready” sound with the lid popping every few minutes…pop….pop….wake up…pop.

Frankly, waking up five hours before my alarm (wide awake) just pisses me off. Add the elements of a grumbling stomach for warm chicken, the muggy/sweaty air, the stench of curry, and the popping of the crockpot, I was done.

I went to turn the crockpot to warm, the AC on, and drank a glass of water. I couldn’t do anything about the aroma of curry that saturated my house, so I focused on sleep.

Thankfully, I fell asleep quickly and 6:30am came quicker. But by the time I was ready to eat the first bite my warm Monday morning meal of chicken curry with brown basmati rice, I was already sick of it. Yep…I was nauseated with the smell of curry despite having a solid five meals planned.

I ate it—it was good—but I was over curry.

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This post is to say a few things:

  1. DON’T OVERNIGHT CURRY.
  2. To my coworkers, forgive me for reeking of curry on Monday.
  3. I’ve never been to India (it’s on my bucket list!), but Sunday night, India came to me.
  4. Advocare is awesome and I’ve seen the pounds shed and my energy level is the best it’s ever been. If you’re interested, email me (sheahawkins@gmail.com) or comment below!
  5. The recipes are really great from Advocare! If you’re interested in this dish, see below for the recipe…just take my advice and slow cook it when you’re not sleeping!

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