It’s July. The weather is brutal. You are looking for things to grill; you want cold meals. You wish you had someone to just take over the kitchen for you AND YOU ARE SQUEEZING YOUR FOOD BUDGET AS HARD AS YOU CAN.
So why does Mother Connie offer a high end dish? FOR THE SAUCE!
Peanut sauce is delicious; it has good protein, is readily available, not too spendy, and kids love it. Big kids like it, too! And since Mother Connie thinks food should be fun, here is a tasty summertime food that won’t bust your food budget and it is ADAPTABLE. Beef is not a MUST HAVE…chicken or turkey will work. Even toasted cubes of bread on skewers make it interesting and just nibbling on cubes of bread dipped in peanut sauce can satisfy youngsters’ appetites. Just see for yourself:
2 tablespoons coconut cream *this comes from the top of canned coconut milk
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon curry powder *No curry? Combine what you like-pinches of turmeric, paprika, cumin, pepper, ginger, cloves-you only need 1 teaspoon so play with it until you like the flavor combination you create. Remember, it’s supposed to be FUN.
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Cook the coconut cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it looks shiny and sizzles. This will take a couple of minutes. Add the curry and cook, stirring until it smells yummy. This will take a minute or so. Whisk in the coconut milk, peanut better, sugar, soy sauce, and juice. Bring it all to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer til it’s thick. This will take 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into a serving bowl and cool to room temp.
If you will be using wooden skewers, soak them in water as you prepare the sauce. When your sauce is ready and the bread is toasted and cut into cubes or meat is cooked–thread the selected items onto the skewers and dip your bread or meat OR VEGGIES and dip into this delicious peanut sauce!
Here’s a thought: You could form little meatballs with ground beef, turkey or chicken and cook or grill them for use on your skewers. By adding bread crumbs, egg, onion and some seasoning you will s t r e t c h your food dollars further than you ever hoped!
Here’s another idea: No skewers? Use toothpicks!
Are you living on a dime? Do you have goods from a food bank, food pantry or do you have food commodities? Are you using an EBT card for SNAP or WIC? Or do you just enjoy the challenge of making your food budget go as far as you dare to take it? The recipes and ideas we share here-the very reason for this blog-is to help people help themselves. We GET what a struggle it is to manage families, jobs, if you are fortunate to have a job, and meal making. So we do what we can to make your life easier.
You have made our days delightful by joining us in the Club House and getting our series of cooking tips. We do appreciate that you are sharing us with your sphere of influence.
As many of you do, Mother Connie has signed up for email messages from other bloggers. Today one came in from Chef Wannabe. His ideas for sweet potatoes, which are LOADED TO THE GILLS with nutrition hit me like a brick. It might be something you will like, as well. Cruise over to his site, give him some love in the comments section and let him know that Mother Connie sent you. Go here: Chef Wannabe’s Smart Kitchen
Since this is a week with a holiday smack in the middle, Mother Connie is going to have some R & R so until the next post pops up you enjoy your week. Be safe, be happy, and be back when all the hubbub dies down! Above all, please remember that each one of you is loved and appreciated!
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