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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I know I just did a post about food, but I just made the most interesting soup I think I have ever tasted. So, to follow up my post about comfort foods, here lies another post about food. (I guess this would fall in the realm of comfort food.)

Today, you will enjoy african style peanut butter soup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup creamy style peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (or 2) celery stalk (s), sliced
  • 1 sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can (14.4 oz.) diced tomatoes (with their juice!!)
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cooked brown or white rice
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken

Step 1: Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, pepper, and celery. Saute until vegetables are very tender (about 10 minutes).

Step 2: Stir in the garlic and chili powder. Saute for an extra minute longer.

Step 3: Add tomatoes with their liquid, chicken or vegetable broth, and peanut butter to the saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer, stirring often. (It might take a minute for the peanut butter to spread out.)

Step 4: Stir in the rice and the cooked chicken. Cook five minutes longer. You’re done!

This has a very unique flavor to it, but you have to like peanut butter to really enjoy it (of course.) But it’s not an overpowering peanut butter flavor. I had my doubts when I put a whole cup of the stuff into my soup, but it turned out great. After it simmers for a bit, the flavors all come together to create something wonderful.

The consistency is very creamy, and all the vegetables, chicken, and rice are deliciously coated with a nice layer of the peanut butter-broth mix.

Your tastebuds will really like this one. 🙂

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s my favorite time of the day. Blog time. Today I’m feeling rather hungry, so I want to give you this great recipe if you need a snack in your life right now like I do. This nice little snack mix from Hungry Girl will certainly lift your spirits and your taste buds!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (that’s 1pack), Peanut Butter flavor
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Puffs cereal…yum
  • about 1 cup Gerber Finger Foods Fruit Puffs, Banana flavor
  • 1 ounce (about 1 cup) freeze dried strawberries
Oh gosh, this stuff is good. Photo from hungrygirl.com.

Oh gosh, this stuff is good. Photo from hungrygirl.com.

Step 1: Using a sharp knife, cut the granola bars into small bite sized pieces.

Step 2: Place granola pieces along with the other ingredients into a sealable plastic bag or in an airtight container with a lid.

Step 3: Shake it up!

How easy is that? You’ve got yourself such a delicious snack to take to work, take on a hike, or just munch on whenever.

Some people might get a little weirded out at the mention of the Gerber Fruit Puffs just because they’re considered to be baby food. Believe me, I was a little apprehensive at first. But then when I tried them, I absolutely loved their flavor (and their low calories). You could really just eat those for a snack if you wanted to.

And what’s the calorie count? 110 calories per 3/4 cup. Not bad for a snack with such big flavor.

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