From Denny: This is a fun video of kid chefs in competition for the best peanut butter recipe. Let me tell you this video clip is worth watching as they are quite creative and these recipes adults will enjoy too. They use peanut butter much like Mexican recipes use cheese, as a binder in a quesadilla, pita bread, lettuce wrap or grilled sandwich. Several of these recipes are tasty ideas to use for leftover chicken breast and bits of fresh fruit. Take a look:
5 creative peanut butter sandwiches competition
Peanutty Cristo breakfast sandwich
From: Maria Marsian Boucher, E. Longmeadow, Mass.
• 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
• 1 tablespoon reduced fat cream cheese
• 2 teaspoons preserves
• 1/2 small to medium Macintosh apple, core removed and sliced into 6 slices
• 2 slices whole wheat bread
• 1/4 cup skim milk
• 1/4 cup egg substitute
• 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1/2 tablespoon butter
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• Sprinkle of confectioners
Take 1 tablespoon peanut butter and spread on one slice of whole wheat bread. Then spread 2 teaspoons of preserves on top of the peanut butter. Take the other slice of whole wheat bread and spread the second tablespoon of peanut butter on it. Spread 1 tablespoon reduced fat cream cheese on top of the peanut butter. Place the 6 apple slices in a single layer on top of the cream cheese. Place the first slice of bread on top of the slice with the apples.
Mix the skim milk, egg substitute, vanilla and sugar in a shallow bowl. On medium heat melt butter in a small fry pan until the pan has a coating of butter. Remove the extra butter and put aside and use if needed. Take the sandwich and carefully coat both sides of the sandwich with the egg substitute mixture by placing in a shallow bowl for a few seconds on each side. Place in the fry pan and cook until one side is lightly browned, then carefully flip the sandwich. Then cook until lightly browned. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes before slicing into four quarters.
Place the sandwich on a plate with extra apple slices, maple syrup in a small cup for dipping, and a sprinkle of confectioners' sugar.
PB & Fruity says 'Let us Rap'
From: Rachel Granillo, Clovis, Calif.
• 1/2 cup chopped cooked chicken breast
• 2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
• 3 tablespoons chopped Fuji apple
• 2 tablespoons chopped black or red grapes
• 1 tablespoons light mayonnaise
• 2 teaspoons honey
• Iceberg lettuce
Chop chicken meat and fruit, mix in bowl. Mix in peanut butter, mayonnaise and honey. Spoon into open lettuce leaf, roll and serve.
More Rockin' Moroccan Peanutty Pitas
From: West Mylroie, Santa Clara, Utah
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus more for garnish
• 1 cup prepared hummus
• 1/2 cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1/2 cup chopped green onion
• 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
• 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
• 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
• 2 large pita pockets
In a small bowl, combine paprika, hummus, peanut butter and lemon juice. Transfer half of peanut butter mixture to medium bowl and combine with green onion, chicken, tomato and cilantro. Fill pitas with chicken mixture.
Cut into 8 triangles and serve with remaining peanut hummus. Garnish sandwiches and hummus with a sprinkle of smoked paprika, if desired.
Peanut butter and banana quesadilla with fresh fruit salsa and vanilla yogurt
From: Lauren Wright, Waukesha, Wis.
• 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
• 2 large flour burrito size tortilla
• 1 banana
• 1 kiwi
• 1 golden delicious apple
• 5 large strawberries
• 18 raspberries
• 1 teaspoon strawberry preserves
• 6 oz. low fat vanilla yogurt
Note: Fruit salsa and yogurt should be prepared just before preparing quesadilla.
Directions for quesadilla: Take 1 large flour tortilla and add 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter to the center of the tortilla and then spread the peanut butter out evenly, leaving about 1 inch of tortilla around the entire outside of the tortilla. Next take the banana and slice thin slices (making circular pieces). Place bananas evenly on top of peanut butter. Place last flour tortilla on top then place quesadilla in pre-heated quesadilla maker for 5-7 minutes or in 10-inch non-stick frying pan for 5-7 minutes, turning once. Cut into 6 triangular pieces and serve with vanilla yogurt and fruit salsa.
Directions for fruit salsa: Take the skin off 1 kiwi and then finely chop kiwi, then put into a small mixing bowl. Take half of the apple, less seeds and core, finely chop and add to small mixing bowl. Cut stem tops off strawberries, then finely chop raspberries and add to small mixing bowl. Then stir in 1 teaspoon strawberry preserves then place part of the fruit salsa into a small serving dish.
Directions for vanilla yogurt: Open the 6 oz. container of low fat vanilla yogurt and pour into a small serving dish.
From: Stephanie Hosko, Plymouth, Mich.
• 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
• 1 small can crushed pineapple in juice
• 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 large flour tortilla
• 1 chicken breast
• 1/2 cup red pepper strips
• 2 large lettuce leaves (such as romaine)
• 2 rosemary sprigs
• Parsley or chives for garnish (optional)
• Salt and pepper
Mix together peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of the pineapple juice and 2 teaspoons soy sauce. Set aside. Rub the chicken breast with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, and season with the rosemary, salt and pepper. Heat another tablespoon of the olive oil in a large frying pan, and grill the chicken until cooked through, then set aside.
Next, add the red pepper strips and sauté until soft. Spread the peanut butter mixture onto the tortilla, leaving about a half inch border. Cut the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces. Layer the diced chicken, red pepper strips, 2 tablespoons crushed pineapple and the 2 lettuce leaves on top of the tortilla.
Roll the tortilla up envelope-style, and tuck in the sides. Heat the last tablespoon of olive oil on a grill pan, over medium heat. Slowly grill the tortilla, turning once, until crisp. Garnish with a dollop of peanut butter, and a sprig of parsley or a few chives.
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