Monday, April 02, 2012
Meatless Monday 2: PB&J
Let's think about the humble Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich. Much loved by kids and grownups alike, it can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's portable and holds up well to heat and cold. It's full of protein, not to mention it's delicious!
My version has grown up a bit. To start, I eat my PB&J on whole grain bread. I use natural peanut butter and when I'm lucky, homemade jams (pomelo marmalade in these photos).
If you've never tried natural peanut butter, I highly recommend it. You can find it at most grocers these days (the oil will be on top, just stir and refrigerate). For extra fun, crush it yourself at co-ops and natural food stores. I've never tried making it at home. Have you?
Natual peanut butter is healthier than "regular" because it contains no sugar or hydrogenated oils (trans fats). Yes, it may be a bit harder to spread. Three tips for that: 1 - Use a hearty bread (the good whole wheat stuff). It doesn't tear as easily. 2 - Let it warm to room temp. It's much more easily spread. 3 - If the butter is extremely dry, dribble in a tiny bit of olive oil (a good fat).
Other varieties of nut butters make excellent sandwich spreads, as well. Have you ever tried almond butter? Or for pure decadence, give cashew butter a try! For you nut butter fans, what are your favorite ones?