Peanut butter

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hightulip

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Posted: 07 Dec 2013, 05:15
Totally random question...

Can peanut butter (no sugar added) used for cooking instead of usual butter? I was wondering because it seems healthier to me, but I don't hear a lot about using peanut butter for cooking vegetables or something like that.
If anyone knows how or tried before, please tell me what I CAN DO with it, and what I CANNOT DO with peanut butter :S
thompearson

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Posted: 07 Dec 2013, 07:18
Take a look at coconut butter for baking, etc. And coconut oil for frying Smile
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 07 Dec 2013, 07:20
In several cuisines ie: thai. Peanut butter is used with vegetables and meats often. Some of the more grain based cuisines ie: indian and morrocan also use it paired with grains. I love peanut butter. Many curries have a combination of peanut butter and coconut. A small amt of peanut butter tossed with hot green beans or asparagus is a tasty way to avoid using butter

You can combine peanut butter and unsweetened applesauce for a great spread that will deceease the calories per serving

It is not a substitute for butter as a fat in cooking tough in baking you might be able to as you can substitue ground flax seeds for part of the fat. I use olive oil often and usually much less than a recipe calls for.

If you like butter a healthier alternative us better butter from the 70's book laurel's kitchen. My version of it is Beat together equal parts olive oil and butter for each stick of butter add 1/3 cup of powdered milk. She suggests also a bit of lecithin. I use this usually in place of margarine as i don 't like all the added chemicals

Just some ideas
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hightulip

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Posted: 07 Dec 2013, 09:38
Thanks for quick replies Smile

I know Thai and some surrounding country's traditional meal use peanut for cooking and they're so good! But didn't know that it worked with asparagus and those green beans. That's interesting thing to know.

Oh I'm looking up coconut oil and butter too, but it is kind of too expensive.
To add questions, do you know what type of oil is healthy for cooking, but wallet friendly at the same time?
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 05:59
I use pommace olive oil not the evoo and i buy butter on sale and toss it in my freeezer. This week one store has it for 1.58 lb. my food budget is pretty low. I don't eat much meat so eat alot of beans, legumes, veggies and whole grains. I cook alot of my own beans- cheaper that way i use julia childs pressure cooking method do they are done fairly Lots cheaper than a meat based diet. I do buy chicken and some lean pork on sale. My son in law keeps me in catfish. I buy portion wrapped salmon and tilapia filets by the case at a restaurant supply store so i always have fish avail. I only eat meat or fish 2 or 3 times a week. I make my own bread and pasta with mostly whole grains and if i use white flour it's normally a high protien high gluten one or rice or barley. A loaf of bread costs me less than $1.00. Pasta is a bit labor intensive but if you make a batch watching a tv show or football gave you are accomplishing something and not just sitting.
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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 06:09
Veggie burgers are expensive to buy. Make your own. Made 60 from adzuki beans and veggies that cost me abt $5.00. My used $125.00 freezer pays for itself.
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kkd1125

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Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 14:53
Wow, sautéeing green beans in peanut butter sounds amazing! I gotta try that!
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 19:47
Not so sure abt sauteeubg beans in peanut butter but topping or tossing them wuth some slught warmed peanut butter instead of butter is really good
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RachK

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Posted: 12 Dec 2013, 11:58
Coconut oil will definitely be your best bet for cooking because it has a higher melting point and won't degrade like olive oil at high heat. Plus, it's pretty much flavourless which is a bonus!
hightulip

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Posted: 12 Dec 2013, 19:59
I think that's a good point. Thank you RachK!
Do you know any low or reasonable priced brand for coconut oil?
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 14 Dec 2013, 14:52
I buy coconut oil at an oriental store. Cheapest that i have found. Sorry i don't use it for cooking--still leary of the saturated fats though very aware of the current hype. I use it for a skin and hair moisturizer and in sugar and salt scrubs.
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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 14 Dec 2013, 20:18
Try it. Makes your skin feel good and your hair soft and very shiny
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hightulip

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Posted: 14 Dec 2013, 21:01
Coconut oil seems nice for hair and skin Smile
I use grape seed oil for my dry skin though.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 15 Dec 2013, 07:59
That would work. Olive oil is good as well. Using a mix of coconut and olive oil in my scrubs. Might have to try some grapeseed also. The coconut is so thick it doesn't work for me alone in a scrub. Leaves your skin so soft and not dry and tight.
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RachK

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Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 15:35
Coconut oil also works great when you get dry on the inside of your nose! Plus the smell makes you feel like you're at the beach! lol

As for decent prices, check out Costco - or go to your local health food store regularly and watch out for sales. Often when it goes on sale it gets crazy cheap!

As for the saturated fat situation - we need it! In terms of fat we want to have a balance of saturated, polysaturated and monosaturated fats so don't be afraid of the saturated fat in coconut oil!
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 16:37
Mmm will have to try that nose suggestio. Time if year for it. Will have a friend watch for a costco sale. Thanks
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hightulip

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Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 21:54
Nice suggestion. It's Christmas and there should be a sale or two somewhere in health food store too.
Bellajean

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Posted: 20 Dec 2013, 08:08
I use coconut oil about 1tbl. In a large pot of dry beans for flavor, I don't add until they are done. How do you use coconut oil in you nose? Do you have to mix it with something?
activeash

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Posted: 27 Dec 2013, 11:54
This is helpful article for ways to replace butter while baking/cooking! I'm sure there are more tricks and tips out there as well...hope this works for ya Smile http://www.livestrong.com/article/550719-how-to-replace-butter-with-peanut-butter/
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 27 Dec 2013, 12:38
ground flax seeds can replace much of the fat when baking
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Jeri



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