Why Peanut Butter is more than a Sandwich-Filler

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Why Peanut Butter is more than a Sandwich-Filler

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Why Peanut Butter is more than a Sandwich-FillerIf two words should never be apart, they're "peanut" and "butter." Peanut butter is arguably the best thing since sliced bread and even better, the best thing between sliced bread.

It's too bad, however, that this condiment is often no more than a childhood memory, a jar of creamy (or crunchy) nostalgia left to lunchbox meals and after-school snacks.

What's worse is November's peanut butter price increase due to the scarce peanut crop this year. But don't let the draught dry out your wallet too. Peanut butter is so much more than the old standby for choosy moms. Make the most of your jar and add a new level of deliciousness to your home-cooked dinners by working peanut butter into your cooking.

Here are four ways to work P.B. into an all-grown-up entrée.  

  1. Salad dressing

It's easy to add some zest to your leafy greens with some peanut dressing. Throw a spoonful of peanut butter into your favorite homemade vinegar-based dressing. For added crunch, go for chunky peanut butter.

  1. Stew

Explore African cuisine by whipping up a pot of traditional beef and vegetable stew. The variations of this Northern African dish are plenty, but the use of peanut butter unites them all. Savory beef broth and hearty veggies get a wake-up call with this nutty addition.

  1. Peanut sauce

If your family's palate seeks more tastes of the world, take on Thai with peanut sauce-based noodle and rice dishes. From chicken satay to shrimp stir-fry, peanut butter leaves plenty of room for creative culinary freedom.

  1. Grill

Even though that bottle of premade steak marinade has overrun its stay in the pantry, don't abandon the grill just yet. Whether on chicken, beef or pork, peanut butter, soaked with your go-to grilling sauce, makes a beautiful marinade that's rich with savory, peanut-filled flavor.  

  1. Soup

Ditch the can of bland, and make your own soup from scratch. From curry-and-peanut soup to cream of peanut soup to peanut-butter-chicken-veggie soup, the online recipe-building community has no lack of bright ideas prime for the taking.

Saving money on grocery runs is easy once you realize the versatility of the simplest ingredients.

Peanut butter isn't just a spread when you think outside the lunchbox.

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Sheri Alzeerah, a self-proclaimed "international hodgepodge," is proud to call Texas her home. Alzeerah was born in Canada, and moved to Texas in 1993 with her Bahraini/Iranian father, Filipina mother and two older brothers. As Food on the Table's editorial intern, she scouts out ways to save money on home-cooking and grocery-shopping. Her work can be seen in Texas Highways, Austin Monthly, UT's student newspaper and alumni magazine, various local newspapers and her personal food blog, Chow, Bella!

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  • These are great ideas on how people can stretch their dollars while eating healthy food.  I love peanut butter and even though I can afford something fancier, I still will eat PB & jelly sandwiches to save money.

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