Today I’ve partnered with The Peanut Institute to bring you these delicious plant-based recipes packed with peanuts!
If you’ve followed me on social media or read my blog in the past, you’ll know that I advocate for food choice. As a Registered Dietitian and Personal Chef, I encourage eating a variety of foods. However, I recognize that we all have different food preferences and values when it comes to eating and our food choices. As we have seen a trend in meat substitutes on the market, I think these could be a good option for some people. Personally, I’m not a fan of these commercial products. They are really expensive and often fairly high in fat and sodium. I would rather incorporate lean animal protein into my diet or just eat real plant-based foods like nuts or legumes, which is why peanuts remain a staple in my diet.
And because I have a variety of followers here, I have had plenty of folks asking me for vegetarian options that do not include the meat substitutes we see on the market today. This is why I was so excited when The Peanut Institute reached out and asked if I could develop recipes using peanuts as a meat substitute. As a personal chef, it was a fun culinary challenge to consider and I feel good knowing that peanuts are a sustainable option. In addition, peanuts are a superfood packed with plant-based protein, they’re affordable and they are so versatile in the ways that you can prepare and cook with them. In fact, 1 oz of peanuts contains about 7 grams of plant-based protein and costs about 14-16 cents.
These three recipes (Tacos, Burger & Flatbread Pizza) showcase some of the many ways you can incorporate peanuts as a plant-based protein. The first recipe is a simple filling for tacos or burritos using peanuts and mushrooms. The next recipe is a patty using peanuts, quinoa and peanut butter powder. This could be served in a bun or even on top of a salad. And finally, the last recipe utilizes the flavorings you would find in sausage but using peanuts as a base. This could be used on top of pizza or even used in many of your favorite breakfast recipes. I hope you enjoy!
For more information and recipe inspiration, please visit The Peanut Institute.
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