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And the winner is…

Thank you so much for entering the BetterBody Foods Giveaway that I posted Monday! Loved reading your comments…..and I have to say, the most “unique” uses for peanut butter were in iced coffee and on a hamburger. Ha! The winner of the giveaway is:

Kelli was emailed this morning. If you didn’t win, no worries….I have an equally exciting opportunity coming up on Monday. Stay tuned! ;)

Do you have any big plans this weekend? I’m usually the type to make big weekend plans, but this time I’ve  never been so excited to catch up on sleep. My eyes have been burning since Tuesday. This cuddle bug will keep me company :)

I also want to re-create this salad from CPK (Morrocon Spice Chicken Salad). Never before have I had dates on a salad, and it was fantastic with the avocado, beets, butternut squash and champagne dressing!


Since the waitress saw our gift bags (which were really for graduation), she assumed a celebration was in order and brought out this surprise, so sweet!


Three of us went out on Wednesday night for salads and girl talk, and I completely forgot to mention National Running Day here on the blog, can you believe it??! Well, in my defense, every day is Running Day to me ;)

Have a great weekend, see ya here Monday!

Lightened Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe + A GIVEAWAY!

You are going to love today’s post :) Following this new fun recipe, you will find a special giveaway to enter!

Sometimes I get into a dinner rut, making the same handful of recipes every week. On Sunday, I took advantage of a few extra hours in the late afternoon to “play” in the kitchen. You already know I love to “health-ify” recipes, and this time I tried my hand at creating a light low-fat Thai Peanut Sauce to go over stir fry veggies and brown rice noodles. Lightened Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe and Stir Fry  Stronglikemycoffee.com

Spending some time in the kitchen, cutting up veggies and making my own sauce is a refreshing alternative to staring at a laptop or binge watching TV shows. While I was listening to music and taking blog pictures of my bell peppers, I thought “So this is what post-grad life is like….” I’m so used to spending my Sunday nights doing homework, studying, or getting ready for class on Monday. I can get used to this new schedule! :) Especially if it means more meals like this one.

This Thai Peanut Sauce reduces its fat and calorie content significantly by using PBFit rather than regular peanut butter. Most sauces and dressings pack an exorbitant amount of calories, fat, sodium, and sugar. I’m a huge fan of homemaking sauces when possible to reduce excess fat and sodium, and eliminate funky chemicals and preservatives. PBFit is a powdered peanut butter that reduces its fat content by 75% by dehydrating the peanuts and squeezing out its oils. It is perfect for this recipe because it still retains all of the peanut-y FLAVA we’re looking for! Other modified ingredients included a lite, organic coconut milk and a reduced-sodium soy sauce.

Low Fat Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe using PBFit  Stronglikemycoffee.comLightened Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup PBFit pre-mixed with 1/3 cup water (extra thick!)
  • 1/2 cup Lite Organic Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbs Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp. (heaping) minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • Juice of 2 lime wedges
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1.) Whisk together peanut butter and coconut milk.

2.) Whisk in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, lime and red pepper flakes.

3.) Set aside sauce until you are ready to add to your stir fry veggies.

Oh my gosh, I was so happy with this sauce! The peanut and coconut flavors are amazing, with just enough spice from the red pepper flakes. This tasted like the sauce at Thai restaurants…I would love to try it as a dipping sauce for chicken kabobs next time.

Lightened Thai Peanut Sauce Stir Fry Recipe  Stronglikemycoffee.comNow that the sauce is set, we need something to pour it on (though I swear it’s good enough to eat with a spoon..)

I don’t think there’s such a thing as “too much” vegetables, so stir frys tend to be 70% veggies, 30% rice/noodles. I sliced and diced:

  • Matchstick Carrots
  • Julienne Yellow Squash
  • Sliced Red Bell Pepper
  • Sliced Sweet Onion
  • Sliced Scallions
  • Chopped Broccoli florets
  • Sugar Snap Peas

1.) In a large skillet, heat 1-2 Tablespoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil.

2.) Add in vegetables and continue to stir over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes. (I like mine a little crunchy!)

3.) Add Lightened Thai Peanut Sauce, stir, and remove from heat.

4.) Serve over rice noodles, rice, quinoa, spaghetti squash, or another equally-delicious base! We used Annie Chun’s Brown Rice Noodles (though it’s really up to your personal preference! These were pad thai noodles and seemed to fit together nicely with this dish.)

Stir Fry Veggies  Stronglikemycoffee.comAny dinner with four or more colors is a winner in my book! I learned a while ago that the quality of our food should not be sacrificed for cost or convenience, if possible. Pre-made sauces and meals just can’t offer the nutrients and health benefits that whole fresh ingredients can. Obviously it isn’t practical to homemake 100% of our sauces, dressings, and condiments but we can make healthier choices by reading nutrition labels, sticking to serving sizes and making alternatives when available.

And now for the giveaway…

BetterBody Foods Giveaway on Stronglikemycoffee.com

I honestly love PBFit so much that I want to share it with you, and BetterBody Foods generously agreed to provide the winner of today’s giveaway below with a complete package of ALL its amazing goodies. BetterBody Foods products are organic, non-GMO and healthier alternatives to daily ingredients. This gift package includes:

  • PBFit (it’s life-changing)
  • Chocolate PBFit
  • Organic Naturally Refined Coconut Oil
  • Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Organic Chia Seeds
  • Organic Quinoa
  • Organic Coconut Flour
  • Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
  • Organic Agave
  • Organic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla (yum!)

To enter this giveaway:

You can earn up to 3 entries by completing one or all of the following: 1.) Leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite way to use peanut butter. 2.) Follow Strong Like My Coffee on Instagram and leave an additional comment saying you did so! 3.) Follow BetterBody Foods on Instagram and leave an additional comment saying you did so. Easy as that :)
This giveaway will remain open until Thursday at midnight. One winner will be randomly selected and announced right here on Friday!

*BetterBody Foods is sponsoring this giveaway, however the recipe, opinions, and photos are mine. :)

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