Super Easy Peanut Sauce

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I love peanut butter. In any form, in any meal, even right out of the jar. I found a version of this recipe by the No Meat Athlete and adapted it to work for us. These measurements make about a cup which means 2 meals this week!

Today for lunch I made a big bowl of brown rice and topped it with sautéed onions, red peppers, broccoli and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for good luck. Carrots, pea pods, green peas, scallions, tofu, tempeh and chickpeas work great too.

The deal with this sauce is the balance of garlic and ginger, the more the spicier, so it is up to you to make it work for you.

1/2 cup water, plus more for thinning out the sauce
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoon vegan coconut sugar
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 cloves of garlic (or garlic powder, to taste)
A piece of ginger (or ground ginger, to taste)

Place all ingredients in the blender. Let it rip and then add a few tablespoons of water to thin out the sauce to your liking. Store in an airtight container and toss into your meal when ready. Enjoy!

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

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I have been wanting to make these spring rolls ever since my friend Barbara Mendez, from RootsandSeeds.com, posted this video but I had a hard time finidng the wrappers. Finally! And just time for the fresh produce from the CSA.

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These could not be easier to make and are really a great summer appetizer for a party, a Sunday snack, or a great excuse to make a peanut dipping sauce! We dipped every single bite!

Spring Rolls (makes 8)
2 carrots *
2 cucumber *
16 sugar snap peas *
8 pieces of lettuce *
8 wrappers

* CSA Week #6

Prep the veggies. Julienne the carrots. Peel and deseed the cucumber and then julienne it. Trim the ends off the sugar snap peas and cut in half. Remove 8 pieces of lettuce from the head of lettuce and triple wash.

Fill a big bowl or plate with warm water. Place a wrapper in the water and move around until completely soft. Move to a clean work surface.

Place the lettuce leaf at the closest side of the rice paper to you. Add carrots, cucumbers and snap peas.

Gently pick up the rice paper right under the lettuce and roll it over the lettuce bundling the veggies inside. Then fold in the sides (like rolling a burrito) and then keep rolling until it is done. Repeat for each one.

Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup peanut butter (nothing added!)
1/4 cup tamari
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 scallions

Whisk all ingredients together. Pour into a small bowl and garnish with the scallions.

Enjoy!