Protein Power: 5 Ways to Eat Nut Butter

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Protein Power: 5 Ways to Eat Nut Butter

Set down the PB&J and learn how to incorporate the protein-packed pantry staple into your grown-up diet.
You love the nutty flavors in the dishes at your favorite Thai restaurant, but you tend to play it safe when preparing a stir-fry at home (we're talking a bare-bones mix of vegetables, brown rice, and soy sauce). If this sounds about right, use this simple, sweet and savory recipe to break out of a wok rut.

1) In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of water, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, and 1 teaspoon of chili paste until smooth and set aside.

2) Heat a wok over medium-high heat and add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of minced ginger, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

3) Add 4 cups of chopped vegetables (try broccoli, carrots, onions, and snap peas) and 8 ounces of boneless, skinless chicken breast, and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked through and browned, about 2 minutes.

4) Add 2 cups of cooked soba noodles and toss to coat.

5) Add peanut/chili paste mix, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and toss.

6) Cook until heated, about 2 minutes, and serve.

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