PB&J is America’s lunchbox staple but there are also tons of tasty recipes with peanut butter. Because November 4 is the anniversary of the first patent for this magical substance, we hereby declare that this is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Okay, it wasn’t us, we’ll admit. In 1995, on the 100th anniversary of the patent, November received this illustrious title. Now, we may know a thing or two about peanut butter that you didn’t so we’re sharing. To start, did you know that the Aztecs made a paste from ground peanuts? Of course there’s no patent from that process but history makes it clear that peanut butter is not actually a modern invention.
Today, Americans spend nearly $800 million on peanut butter every year. That may seem like a big number but think about how many jars you’re flying through alone and then it might not seem so out of reach. We can’t blame you for loving it either. The National Peanut Board tells us, “With more protein than any other nut and 30 essential nutrients and minerals, peanuts bump up the nutritional punch of any dish. Moreover, research supports peanuts as a delicious way to care for your body.” If you’re like us, you’re not just using it on sandwiches either. To inspire you to expand your peanut butter paradigm, here are 17 unexpected recipes with peanut butter.
- Peanut Butter Steak Tacos
Prepare your steak for your tacos however you wish but get some peanut butter nice and warm in the microwave before drizzling it (and sriracha, of course) all over your meat-filled concoctions. It’s sweet, spicy and savory all in one.