On A Lighter Note….Spicy Peanut Marinade & Sauce

I love peanut butter, organic of course. Non-organic peanut butter is ridden with pesticides and nasty chemicals that you do not want to consume! So what would be better than a peanut butter marinade for tofu or a peanut butter sauce for over veggies and rice?! So awhile ago, I decided to concoct my very own peanut sauce since none I ever try seem to fit my picky standards ;) . Well, I must say the recipe I came up with is a sure fire winner. Bonus: the very same recipe transitions from marinade to sauce with no additional ingredients (too often I find the marinade is not the same as a sauce, especially when you wish the sauce to be thick). So use this as a marinade for tofu or tempeh or whatever you wish, and then slather your rice and veggies with the thickened sauce! Yummy!

 

Spicy Peanut Sauce over marinated tofu, steamed veggies and rice!

Spicy Peanut Sauce over marinated tofu, steamed veggies and rice!

 

Spicy Peanut Marinade & Sauce

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup peanut butter (I prefer crunchy for the extra peanut chunks

1 1/2 T soy sauce (I use low-sodium Tamari)

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 T agave nectar

1 1/2 tsp minced garlic

3/4 tsp red pepper flakes (reduce to about 1/3-1/2 tsp for sauce if you are not big on spice–keep the same for marinade as the effect is not as strong in marinating)

1 pound Tofu (post-frozen is best) or 1–8oz package Tempeh if marinating

 

1. Whisk together all ingredients until peanut butter is consistent throughout. Place in either a pot for a sauce or a container suitable for your marinating needs.

Prepared marinade

Prepared marinade

2. For marinade, place tofu or tempeh in marinade and marinate for at least 3 hours to get the best flavor. Be sure to flip the tofu/tempeh a few times during the time frame you choose. I have used this marinade for only about an hour, and it tastes quite good then as well. You can pretty much go anywhere between 1 hour to 2 days. **If you find when you are using 1 pound of tofu that there appears to not be enough marinade due to the size container you are using, just add extra water and increase marinating time.

Tofu marinating

Tofu marinating

3. Once the tofu/tempeh is done marinating, bake it at about 350F for 25 minutes, flipping once. Or you can cook it in a skillet on the stove top until browned. **If you only marinate for an hour or so, there may be extra marinade available. You can just use it to turn into a sauce and add more if necessary.

Baked tofu

Baked tofu

4. For sauce, heat on medium/medium-low until it thickens. Spread over veggies, rice and tofu/tempeh.

Voila!

Voila!

This sauce recipe serves 2. If you are serving more, just adjust as necessary. This marinade serves as many as 1 pound of tofu or 1 package of tempeh will serve (it varies for us between 2 people to 4 people ;) ).

Enjoy!

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