The Open-Minded Peanut Butter Sandwich Part I: PB & Arugula
I love peanut butter sandwiches, and they make for a cheap, easy-to-pack weekday lunch. Sometimes the standard PB & J or peanut butter, banana & honey sandwiches are a little too sweet for my lunchtime palate, so I’ve started to experiment with some more savory options. Inspired by the peanut sauce for Cold Sesame Noodles, I’ve assembled my latest addiction: a peanut butter & arugula sandwich. The Brits call arugula “rocket,” which seems a more fitting name for this sharp, bitter green with a kick. If arugula is too intense for your tastebuds, you can substitute baby spinach. You could also use creamy or crunchy peanut butter, depending on your texture preference. This sandwich packs a zesty punch, and tastes great with a side of fruit, like red seedless grapes.
Check back next week for a sandwich inspired by the flavors of Thai chicken satay with peanut-coconut dipping sauce!
Peanut Butter Rocket Sandwich
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp fresh, grated ginger
1/4 tsp garlic-chili paste
1 large handful of arugula (rocket)
2 slices whole grain bread
Optional: a few slices of ripe, juicy tomato
Beat together the first 6 ingredients until well blended. Spread a layer of peanut butter mixture on each of two slices of bread.
Pile a large handful of arugula on one of the bread slices. Top with tomato, if desired. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread. The remaining peanut butter mixture will keep well in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for several days.