Friday, September 8, 2017

"peanut" dressing...

Man guys, ever since going Paleo a year and a half ago, there are so many things I still find myself missing. Like cheese (sad face), mashed potatoes and peanuts. Oh my goodness did I love peanuts. Well, peanut butter to be exact. I ate that stuff in and on everything. Sweet or savory- didn't matter. Love, love, love peanuts! But as you know, they're a no go for those of us on a paleo diet. Not only that, but I found out after taking a food sensitivity test (different from a food allergy) that peanuts are a pretty big trigger! Yikes! 

A year and some change into my drastic diet change (to further my Hashimoto's healing) and I have found a lot of really yummy substitutions for some of my favorite foods. I'm still working on the cheese thing, but this recipe is such a great mashed potato replacement! I've also found some things create an almost peanut butter like flavor- like sunflower seed butter! Alone, not so much, but when in certain recipes, I can almost pretend it's my beloved peanut butter.

Like this recipe. Man oh man do I love peanut dressing! I'm such a fan of asian flavors in general, but peanut sauce/dressing ranks up there. I loved it on salads and noodles and used as a dip for veggies and proteins (like chicken satay)! One day I thought I'd give it a go with sunflower seed butter and you know what? Totally worked! You've got to try this if you've got a peanut allergy or sensitivity, or can't consume peanuts for whatever reason! So yum!

Makes about 1 cup
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  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (ingredients should be sunflower seeds only. I like Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Spread, this brand and this brand)
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 4-6 tablespoons filtered water to thin to your desired thickness
  • few pinches of salt to taste

1. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except the water. Once thoroughly combined, add water a tablespoon at a time until desired thickness is achieved.

2. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 10 days. Stir before using each time and add more water to thin out as needed.

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