Thai Peanut Stir Fry with Shrimp

Good morning! Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish readers. My Mom gave me this electronic lucite menorah that glows. I love it because I don’t have to worry about lighting candles!

Sunday night, Texas boy got his culinary on and made me Thai Peanut Stir Fry. He originally wanted to make it with chicken but since I was being a pain in the ass and not eating chicken, he made it with shrimp.

Thai Peanut Stir Fry with Shrimp

This dish is amazingly good. The flavors are very comforting.

 ingredients:

  • 1 pound of shrimp
  • 1 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1 cup of snow peas
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 large carrot

Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup PB
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp of chopped peanuts (reserved)

 directions:

Put the veggies in a hot wok or skillet with vegetable oil, garlic, and spices listed below.

While the veggies are cooking mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, salt, olive oil, red pepper flakes, chopped peanuts, chili powder, gralic, and water. You can add more water for consistency.

When the veggies are soft, add the shrimp and the peanut sauce. Make sure the shrimp are fully cooked before serving.

Top the finished stir fry with more the chopped peanuts if you desire.

yummy in my tummy!

We also enjoyed this side salad too.

Have a great day!

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

Whats up Chicago?! Happy Tuesday, although this rainy weather is not making me very happy. 
I had dinner at East Bank Club last week and tried a taste of my friends peanut butter and banana smoothie. Although it was delicious, I was destined to make one of my own using low calorie ingredients.
I love smoothies but when I order them from a restaurant or smoothie shop, I don’t always know how much or what exactly is in it. I like to practice portion control and since peanut butter is high in calories I like to control how much is in my smoothie.
I love all natural creamy peanut butter…skippy just doesn’t do it for me anymore I used 1 tbsp and it was just enough to create that delicious peanut butter flavor
I buy non fat yogurt by the tubs so easy and delicious
Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie Ingredients:1/2 ripe banana (frozen bananas work well for this)1 tbsp of natural peanut butter1/2 cup of non fat plain yogurt 1tsp of honey
Blend all ingredients together until the smoothie is to your desired consistency.
I personally like mine thick, frothy, and smooth.
I love youuuuuuu I slurped up every last drop
My favorite tool in the kitchen…the motor boat!  of course I made a huge mess, would you expect anything less?

It’s peanut butter jelly time!

Good morning and Happy Valentines Day! My high school friends and I got together last night for a lingerie exchange party… so fun! All you ladies should definitely get together and do this with your girlfriends!

cupcakes funfetti obvs
heart shaped pizzas “chalky” Valenties hearts  
 I made peanut butter and jelly bars
Click on the “read more” link below to check out the recipe…


It’s peanut butter jelly time!  My friend Stephanie and I love the peanut butter and jelly bars from Goddess and the Grocer so I decided to make my own!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Barsusing 3 ingredients
Ingredients:

  • 1 pouch of store bought peanut butter cookie mix (yes, I cheated)
  • 1 jar of strawberry jam
  • 2/3 cup chopped peanuts

Prepare cookie mix according to directions Spread 2/3 of the dough in a prepared cake pan
*make sure you spray the pan with non stick cooking spray
spread the jam evenly over the dough
TIP: mix the jam up before adding to the dough so it will spread evently
drop small globs of the remaining peanut butter dough over the jam don’t worry if the jam isn’t covered
Bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees, sprinkling the chopped peanuts over the bars half way through cooking.  You can use any kind of jam you like, I prefer strawberry jam (not jelly) because I like the texture. make sure you let them cool completely before cutting into bars yummy, gooey, peanut butter and jelly happiness!
Make these for your Valentines Day sweetie!
I personally think Valentines Day is the greatest excuse to eat all the chocolate I want.
Have a great day!

Loving this Lazy Thursday!

Gosh I have been an absolute waste today… since it’s snowy, cold, and nasty out I had a lazy Thursday starting with some brunch at The West Egg Cafe with my neighbor Rico.
egg white veggie skillet over cheesy potatoes so bad and good at the same time
Rico got the breakfast salad granola, fresh berries, vanilla and strawberry yogurt, topped with sliced apples… what I should have ordered
Lazy Thursday Kitchen Creation: Homemade hummus! Inspired by Jessica’s blog (again) I made her peanut butter hummus with a chili kick and some other Newtritionista edits. It sounds gross but after making it, the peanut butter gives the hummus a unique, non over-powering flavor.
Laur’s peanut butter and chili hummus

  • 1 15-oz can of organic chick peas
  • 1 BIG tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of light olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp of finely chopped garlic

Add chickpeas to food processor until finely ground. Add peanut butter, garlic, spices and mix again. Stream in olive oil through the top while the food processor is on. Once the hummus is at your desired consistency serve with fresh veggies or whole wheat pita and enjoy!How do you spend your lazy days?

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