It’s funny how certain foods and flavors can instantly take you back to certain times of your life. All you have to do is close your eyes, take a bite, and you’re right there in the middle of a memory.
For me? It’s stir-fry, sizzling with peanut sauce and fresh veggies.
Now … why exactly does a Midwestern farmgirl get sentimental about stir-fry? Well, my husband loves Asian dishes, and back when we were newlyweds, it was one of the first meals that we always made together in our tiny apartment kitchen. Fifteen years and two kids later, it’s still one of our favorites. And when Tastefully Simple unveiled its NEW Thai Peanut Sauce, I couldn’t wait to try it. And you know what? It is DELICIOUS. Peanutty goodness. Rich coconut milk. Fresh lime and ginger. It is – of course – amazing as a stir-fry sauce. But did you know that you can use it for all kinds of easy dishes?
Here are some of my personal favorites!
- Quick & Easy Asian Salads. Drizzle a little Thai Peanut Sauce over mixed greens, matchstick carrots, chunks of rotisserie chicken, and sweet mandarin oranges. (Add a pinch of chopped cilantro or slivered almonds if you’re feeling fancy.)
- A (Slam) Dunk. Chicken tenders. Spring rolls. Pot stickers. Egg rolls. Crisp veggies. Seriously, it will be your new favorite dipping sauce!
- Thai Chicken Wonton Cups. For easy entertaining, try these light and crunchy Asian-inspired wonton cups.
Since these quick appetizers are best at room temperature and don’t require any silverware, they are perfect for mixing and mingling at summer parties, too.
- Bold Burger Topper. Add a dollop to grilled turkey or pork burgers, along with a little fresh slaw. So simple. So delicious. So good.
- Thai Chicken Pizza. Fresh snow peas and sprouts. Tender chicken. Melty mozzarella. This one doesn’t really need any further explanation, does it?
- Easy Peanut Noodles. Who needs take-out? You can make your own easy noodle bowls right at home, loaded with crisp cucumbers, sweet bell peppers and crunchy carrots.
- Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups. Cutting carbs? Try these quick, fresh lettuce wraps for dinner tonight, packed with protein and garden-fresh veggies. Best of all, they are ready on the table in 15 minutes flat.
- Chicken Satay Kabobs. All you need is two ingredients! Serve these sizzling skewers with grilled baby bok choy, sweet bell peppers and cauliflower rice.
- Thai Peanut Stir-Fry. And last but not least … don’t forget about stir-fry! Try this quick weeknight recipe with thinly sliced beef, chicken or jumbo shrimp. And remember, the beauty of stir-fry is that you can substitute any of your favorite vegetables, too!.