Peanut Sauce Recipe & Bowled Over

Sunday morning.  Ahh…after breakfast in bed, a 2 hour massage, and luxuriating over the newspaper, I decided to take a bubble bath.  Just kidding!!!!!!  I have a 2.5 year old so none of that has happened in years.  And it probably won’t for a few more.  But it’s a nice thought.  

As a consolation prize for the non-existent brekkie in bed, on Saturday for a quick minute I dashed out to a little vegetarian cafe herb store kinda place called Chakra4Herbs.  I think they actually do some mail order, and I will say there were tons of dry herbs.  Both medicinal and cooking and a smattering of what I’d called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbs so if you know what you need and can speak Mandarin or Szechuan, you could totally order yourself something.

The shopkeeper wasn’t too keen on photos but I snapped 3 in with my lighting fast mo-jo.

Thanks for your props on the Raw Vegan Apple Crumble post…that shizzle is the bomb.   Please report back if you make it, okay!  And the chia pudding is so easy-peasy, it takes 3 seconds to dump the ingredients in a bowl and you’re done “cooking”.  Then, you just wait for the little seed buggers to work for ya, and in a half hour, you’re golden.  Glad you liked it.

Here’s the eats that have been goin’ down in da crib…

I cut up alot of fruit.  First a watermelon.

Then a pineapple.

I swear Skylar has eaten a half a pineapple today.  Hope you’re not eating while you read this, but her doo-doo smells like pineapple she’s eaten so much.  How’s that for TMI?  Sorry.  Life of a mom.

And I put it all the fruityness together with a brekkie cookie and some grapes.  Froze the life right outta it, and enjoyed.  I love chilly fruit. 

And then a tray of nanners went into the Magic Box

And after 5 hours at 118 F they came out.  Really good.  But woulda been better if the nannas had been almost over-ripe.  I’m learnin’ all the time.  Really ripe = better for dehydrating becuz they were alot sweeter last time and the only diff was the ripeness level.  Blame TJ’s…they have alotta nerve puttin’ out green nanners and I didn’t have the proper patience to wait for them to ripen another day or three.

And while I had the hot box fired up I sliced some carrots with a knife.  I didn’t need any lose-a-thumbnail-mandolin replays.  I almost coated them in EVOO, lime juice and chili powder, but I thought I’d try things a la natural for my first go round.

Kinda glad I didn’t waste spices or a lime because after 5 hours there was some major shrinkage goin’ on.  Still good, but I think I need to cut bigger chunks kinda like Gina did today.

I did whip up a batch of Thai Inspired Peanut Sauce.  I have mentioned before that this stuff is drinkable.  Who needs champagne when you can just pour yourself a glass of peanut sauce?  Cheaper and much more protein the bubbly.

Averie’s Thai-Inspired Peanut Sauce

Into the VitaSauceMeUp went:
Generous 1/2 c PB
Juice of a 1/2 orange, probably 1/3 c
3 Tbsp ACV (apple cider vinegar)
3 Tbsp Sesame Oil
3 Tbsp Agave
3 Tbsp Maply Syrup
Twist o Black Pepp

The last time I made the Peanut Sauce, I didn’t quite end up with as much quantity as I did today and I wanted to have a ton today.  And I got it.  Probably yielded about 1 to 1.25 cups of the Asian Peanut Delight.  ‘Nuff to store for a half a week or so in the fridge.  I don’t worry bout this stuff spoiling between the PB, the acids from the ACV and OJ, no worries which I why I made it biggie size.

For din-din I took spiralized zuke noods, cukes, red & yellow pepps and made my Thai-Peanut Inspired Noodle dish.  My peanut sauce is my current go-to for saucey lust, and the zuke noods are still gettin’ high marks.  And when you combine ‘em…Supremely delish. 

Pooled up P-Sauce.  Drinkey drinkey.

Before I forget, I wanna give props to Mama Alison for whoopin’ it up with 2 of my recipes in one day...she crisp-ified my apple crumble and she got down with the Raw Herbalicious Goddess Salad dressing.

Back to things round here…. 

Dessert was some of the off the chain raw apple crumble on a bed of nanna vanilla-spiked softserve with a side ‘o ‘Whippy for the non-vegans in da crib.  OMG so freakin’ ahhhh-may-zingggg!  You love my modesty toward my own un-baked treats, don’t you.  I know, I’m so un-humble it kills me, too.



Moving right along to shopping & some bowlin’ action…major Target score.  From left:  ramekins 2.99 each will make great raw apple crumble holders, 4 larger bowls at the top were 89 cents each!  (stonewear not plastic!), 4 dippin’ bowls that were 99 cents each (plastic), and 4 slightly larger dip holder bowls for 1.79 each (porcelain).  So all in all, I was bowled over with my finds and now I have plenty o storage for all the dips-n-sauces I’ve been puttin’ out.

Do you have an obsession with finding dishes?  Where and how do store and organize them?  I have plenty of cupboard space, I just need to make everything accessible so nothin’ gets lost in the ole shuffle, ya know?

Yoga today is Warrior I, aka Virabatrasana A.  Your drishti, or gazing point, should be your hands but careful not to crink-n-scrunch up your neck & shoulders.  Your neck should feel happy & your shoulders should remain low-n-relaxed.

If you could do anything on a weekend day, what would it be and why?  I am a creature of habit since having Skylar but am trying to do more stuff, different stuff, and most of all, that ever-elusive alone-time-just-for-Averie-stuff.  What floats your weekend activity boat?  That’s my Tip of the Day too:  Break outta your rut and shake your life up.  You’ll be surprised at all the fun you’ll discover!

:)
Averie

   

16 Responses to “Peanut Sauce Recipe & Bowled Over”

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    Cnidy — September 29, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Goooooooooood morning Lovie!
    I have been enjoying that pose…

    my daily activity is simply BALANCE..if a day has most of my to do's checked off…good eats, exercise (cardio, and am yoga) and some me time…knitting, blogging.. just a well balanced day..and if I dealt with whatever comes at me in a manner that helps me feel empowered (meaning did I address whatever or did i hide from it)

    i sleep very well!

    of course some of your apple crumble never hurts either

    basically if I gave my day my best I am one happy Mama!

    how far do you run in 20 minutes. I shoot for 30 cardio minutes a day and some stretches…it's about all I can comfortably handle without a daily workout being "too much" to fit in…

    okay, enough rambles!
    xo

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    chocolate-covered Katie — September 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Ooh I'm excited to see the Ani desserts, as I've always been intrigued by that cookbook. If I land in some money, I'm buying it for sure :)

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    lilveggiepatch — September 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Morning, lady! Hooray for a day without ignorant comments! Certainly something to celebrate.

    Okay, so I've finally replenished my nooch stash and can start thinking about making cheezy dressings!

    Have a splendid day :-)

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    A — September 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Oh man…. thanks for your comment! I'm down in Sierra Vista- About 3 hours south of you. Look at the map…. look at MEXICO. Yeah, I'm right above that! Odalay! Oh and I use to live in SD too! Ocean Beach to be exact! You're right…. the world IS trying to tell us something! Next time I go to Phoenix we should have a blogger meet up! :D
    -A

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — September 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Cindy thanks for sharing what you do to keep things balanced. In 20 mins I only run a few miles. Just enough to feel like I left the house and came back LOL and then some yoga and back to the rest of the tasks. Fittin in a few mins here and there is all I can ask!

    CCK-Oh my I just was workin' on some recipes…so good! Will post it later today!

    And LilVeg-LMK what kinda nooch sauce you end up making or what your strategy is on that. I love new ideas!

    And for all those with READER ISSUES-AFTER I HIT REPUBLISH THE POST SHOWED UP IN 2 MINS IN READER. So I'm thinkin' if you have major issues maybe try to re-publish b/c for the past 3 days, this has what's done the trick for me. Not a great long term or reliable fix, but I'll take it I guess.

    xooxo
    My day and tasks are calling me….wish I could chat all day with everyone!

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    Abby — September 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Oh my goodness, I need to try your version of the breakfast cookie.. looks healthy and filling! Your yoga pics are amazing, you look so happy! Have a good one :)

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    Lauren — September 29, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Your breakfast cookies always look so tasty! I need to try this!

    You've inspired me to make some brussels tonight! Can't wait! :)

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    elise — September 29, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    random question – who takes the pics of you in the yoga poses, etc. hubby? camera timer? your ridic coordinated and advanced for her age baby girl?

    anyways, sorry for the negative comments. i havent gotten any in a while, but i know it doesnt feel good. just remember to keep your head up and keep on blogging and be true to you. people dont have to read if they dont agree with you, but this is YOUR space to write what you want and what you feel. eff the rest. ya heard?

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    Janetha — September 29, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    holy thickness batman! that is definitely one thick treat! (TWSS) hahah. google reader is a hater sometimes. i think when i don't read all my blogs it shuns my own posts :P

    hmm self loving thing i do daily? shoot, i dont think there is something i do EVERY day for myself. i need to think of one!

    LOVE YOU!

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    VeggieGirl — September 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Daily activity = deep-breathing.

    Drive-by commenting!! ;)

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    Jessica — September 29, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Your arms look amazing! :)

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    shelby — September 29, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I've GOT to try your crumble on the softserve. It sounds SO GOOD!

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    RunToTheFinish — September 29, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    hahaaaaa wrap my hands around my feet.. oh man that's funny. ok no I'm way more flexible now and trying hard to stretch every day, but as a kid I couldn't even touch my toes!! it was so depressing

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    Hayley — September 30, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Please forgive me if I don't comment on all of your blog posts! You are seriously on a roll and I can't keep up with everything. I've been shirking my responsibilities too much at home. :)

    This nooch stuff looks awesome – I wasn't too impressed by the other blogs that talked about it, but now you have me convinced. Do you have to buy it at Whole Foods or can you get it at a regular grocery store?

    I love how you look so relaxed in all of your yoga poses. I really need to get back to class!

    Apple crumble…mmmm…

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    Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) — September 30, 2009 at 1:46 am

    All the eat=amazing looking. Self love? I'd say working out. My time. :-)

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