Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

National Peanut Butter Day – Peanut Butter Chicken

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on January 26, 2012 ][ In Chicken & Other Poultry ]

Since my whole family loves peanuts and peanut butter, I can’t imagine how we all missed National Peanut Butter Day on January 24th.  Had I known, we would have celebrated with all our favorite ways to eat peanut butter.  It would have been hard to choose between peanut butter pie and chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting for dessert, but we could have started our meal with a nice peanut butter soup and moved on to Peanut Butter Chicken for the main course.  I must admit that the girls in the family are the big peanut lovers, followed by my husband and then my son.  My son doesn’t like Peanut Butter Chicken but I will share the recipe and you can try it for yourself.  I have been known to have a serious peanut addiction that meant I ate a small amount of peanuts every day.  The last couple of months I haven’t felt like eating peanuts though so I must have finally burned myself out on them.

Peanut butter has an interesting history.  It is thought to have originated in South America where the Indians ground peanuts into a kind of paste.  The modern version of PB probably started in the late 1800′s with Dr. Kellogg of Kellogg cereal fame, who made peanut butter and served it to his patients as a nutritious protein.  Other Americans perfected the spread or invented machines to grind up the peanuts.  The National Peanut Board claims that Americans eat more than 6 pounds of peanut butter a year.  Wow!  Peanut butter is very nutritious though high in monounsaturated fats and calories.  It is high in fiber, protein, vitamins B3 and E and iron.  Peanut butter contains more antioxidants than apples and carrots and contains Resveratrol,  a natural anitmicrobial agent that can protect against cancer, viruses, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

I didn’t cook with peanuts or peanut butter until several years ago.  Peanut butter was for PB and J’s.  Once we were having an early American dinner when the kids were really young and I made peanut butter soup.  The rest of the family wasn’t crazy about it but I discovered that peanut butter had so many more possibilities.  The following recipe is is pretty easy and a different from your ordinary chicken.  You’ll like it if you like peanuts.

Peanut Butter Chicken
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
8 pieces of chicken such as legs or thighs
Place these ingredients except for the chicken in a microwave safe bowl and microwave 30 seconds at a time until easy to mix.  Place chicken in a large zip top bag, add marinade and close bag.  Massage chicken to make sure it is all coated then marinate about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile mix the following ingredients in a pie plate or similar dish.
1/2 cup ground peanuts
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper
After 30 minutes, remove chicken from bag and roll in the peanut/crumb mixture.  Place in a lightly greased baking dish and bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until lightly brown and done.

Upadated on January 26, 2012

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