Monday, July 12, 2010

Spicy Peanut Celery

TIP snack attack!

In some ways, ten ingredient snacks are harder to come by than entire meals. In my sordid past as a junk food fiend, I'd consume the worst, packaged crap between meals. Even years after developing more conscientious eating habits, I sabotaged my efforts regularly with stacks of Keebler Fudge cookies or half boxes of Cheez-It. I basically borrowed my nutrition mentality from a Mitch Hedberg joke:

That would be cool if you could eat a good food with a bad food and the good food would cover for the bad food when it got to your stomach. Like you could eat a carrot with an onion ring and they would travel down to your stomach, then they would get there, and the carrot would say, "It's cool, he's with me."

Yeah, anyway. I eventually admitted that it doesn't work that way, and my snacks look a lot different now. This spicy peanut and celery snack is one of my favorites. It needs no recipe; just stir some Frank's Red Hot into a few Tbls. of Smucker's Natural peanut butter and spread the love on a stalk of celery. The flavor reminds me of buffalo wings, and also Asian peanut noodles. It's really, really tasty!

My little snack plate of spicy peanut celery and fresh raspberries contained four ingredients.

Note: some brands of hot sauce, like some brands of mustard, are single-ingredient foods according to the way I count. Frank's Red Hot is a brand I like. It contains vinegar, salt and spices, the latter two of which are "free".


  1. Sounds delicious! I've never thought of mixing hot into peanut butter but I will be giving this a try! Loved the Mitch Hedberg joke!

  2. Terita, I used to have that type of mentality when I was a teenager. I would eat a bunch of crap and then try to make up for it by eating a bunch of healthful stuff. Glad those days are over! Love snack by the way-will make!

  3. Terita, I made this last night-nice! I always forget how good stuff like this is. Thanks for the reminder...Stella

  4. Yay, I'm glad you liked it! :)

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