World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated each year on 7 April under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (shout out to the WHO, especially after the last 15 months!!).
One of ubebu’s mottos is “health is wealth” and, as previously mentioned, this motto plays a large part in our branding. Good health is absolutely priceless and I think it is important that we do everything we can on an individual basis to take care of our health and wellbeing. Another motto you might have seen on my website captures this so well: "If you don't make time for your wellness, you'll be forced to make time for your illness."
There are many ways to take care of your health and wellbeing, and certainly as a holistic health and wellness coach I work with my clients in a holistic way, incorporating the mind, body and spirit into each bespoke program.
Good, balanced, clean, varied and fun food definitely plays an important role in your holistic health, and today I would like to share with you one of my go-to recipes for when I’m feeling extra lazy (which is… well… not that rare): peanut sauce!
Having spent a chunk of my life in Asia, especially Indonesia, I have become a huge fan of peanut sauce. You can use it in such a variety of ways and it’s just so freakin’ delicious! (And there are even non-peanut alternatives for those with allergies - see recipe notes.)
There are numerous recipes online for authentic Indonesian peanut sauce, but here’s my quick and easy take on it. The recipe only has a handful of ingredients and involves absolutely no cooking or chopping! It takes a mere 5 minutes to make and provides 4 servings.
6-8 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons soya sauce
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4-1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup water (to thin - I tend to use hot/warm water)
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, apart from the water.
Whisk to combine, adding a little bit of the water at a time, until you've reached your preferred consistency (it's best to have the sauce thick, but pourable).
Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. If you want it a little sweeter, add more maple syrup; spicier, more red pepper flakes; saltier, more soya sauce; more acidic, add more lime juice.
It's ready to serve! There are countless ways to use peanut sauce, including as a dipping sauce for spring or summer rolls, putting it over your tofu & veg noodles, adding it to your salad or Buddha bowl, slathering it over an edamame, broccoli & brown rice bowl etc. etc.
Instead of peanut butter you could use other nut/seed butters, such as almond, cashew or sunflower butter.
If you are about to finish your jar of peanut butter, I suggest just mixing the ingredients straight into the jar instead of using a bowl. It saves time and uses all the remaining peanut butter. Just shake it et voila, it's ready to serve!
You can store the sauce in an airtight container for up to 7 days in the fridge (or so I've been told by those in the know - I have yet to experience having anything leftover for more than 24 hours).