I’m shaking things up this weekend by sharing my ultimate go-to recipe, my sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Based on the last few recipes I’ve posted, you all must think that I only eat breakfast and dessert. Real talk, is there ever a wrong time for breakfast? If I could, I would eat my chickpea eggs, French Toast and/or pancakes (recipe coming soon) all day in bed. French toast and pancakes are arguably the only foods you can sweetly picture eating in bed on a bright Saturday morning with the birds softly chirping by the window sill.
Now imagine devouring one of my juicy bean and lentil burgers in bed. With every bite, your teeth sink deeper into the burger, as the mustard and ketchup run down the sides of the freshly, homemade sweet potato bun, onto your fingers, landing on your duvet and (hopefully not) staining your sheets… Actually who am I kidding? That’s a pretty sweet image! I guess my bed is a non-discriminatory space for all vegan meals.
Okay. Maybe slightly discriminatory…
My sweet and spicy peanut sauce is SO easy and quick to whisk together. Literally, that’s all you need to do. After a long day at school, work or caring for your family, this recipe will be your saviour.
But before I delve any further I have a fun fact to share. Did you know peanuts are actually legumes and not nuts? They are more like lentils and beans and not almonds and cashews. I learn something new every time I write a blog post!
You can serve this sauce in so many different ways. When I crave a raw vegan meal, I prepare courgetti (courgette put through a spiralizer to turn it into noodles), thinly slice carrots and chop kale. I season my courgetti, carrots and kale with lemon juice and salt, then top it off with bean sprouts, snow peas, my sauce, sliced avocado, chopped peanuts and sesame seeds.
If I want actual noodles, I prepare Singapore-style noodles with vegetables, served with my sauce on top. Hamud had a genius idea and recently made my chickpea eggs, scrambled, then mixed it with Singapore-style noodles and vegetables, which he served with my sauce on top. Delicious is an understatement!
Want to have a pad thai-inspired meal? Buy plain rice noodles. Boil a pot of water, then cook the noodles for 3 minutes. Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water. In a skillet, caramelise chopped red onion with broccoli, sliced red and green pepper and mushrooms, then season with salt and pepper. Then mix the noodles with the sauce, plate it with the onion and vegetables on top and sprinkle with peanuts and sesame seeds. If you do not want to cover the noodles with sauce, serve the noodles with the sauce and vegetables on top. Don’t forget to spritz with lime!
If you just want a snack, you can even use this recipe as a veggie dip.
Apart from mind-blowing flavours, you also reap health benefits by incorporating peanuts into your diet. For an affordable legume, peanuts have powerful health properties. You truly get a bang for your buck. Harvard’s Health Blog reported that, “[a] team of international researchers found that in more than 200,000 people from Savannah to Shanghai, those who particularly ate peanuts and other nuts were substantially less likely to have died of any cause – particularly heart disease – over the study period than those who rarely ate nuts.”  Peanuts are jam-packed with nutrients, such as Vitamin E, resveratrol – an antioxidant linked to heart health and oleic acid, the same healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. 
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, without further adieu, I present Faim Foodie’s sweet and spicy peanut sauce. I dedicate this recipe to my incredible sister and friend, Chelsee who trusted me to serve her this very recipe!
- ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
- ¼ cup vegetable broth or water
- 4 tbsp tamari sauce or soy sauce
- 4 tbsp sriracha sauce
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp sesame oil or olive oil
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
- Put all ingredients into a medium-sized bowl and whisk together.
- Adjust flavours and consistency of the sauce to your preference.
- Serve with courgetti, zoodles, raw vegetables, or cooked rice noodles.
- Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and/or sesame seeds.
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How did you serve your sweet and spicy peanut sauce?