Nut Butter Universe Recipe and Giveaway!

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I'm super excited to be hosting Robin Robertson on her Nut Butter Universe blog tour. Not only is Robin here with a recipe for my favorite type of dish – a stir-fry with spicy peanut sauce – but there's also a chance for you to enter to win a copy of Nut Butter Universe for yourself! And here's Robin…


Szechuan Stir Fry

Szechuan Stir-Fry with Fiery Peanut Sauce

A creamy peanut sauce is the star of this versatile stir-fry. You can vary the vegetables according to your personal taste and their availability. In addition, the amount of heat in this dish can be controlled by the amount of red pepper flakes added to the sauce. Strips of extra-firm tofu are a pleasant foil for the spicy sauce. This recipe calls for serving it over rice, but it’s also delicious tossed with cooked rice noodles instead.


  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup wheat-free tamari

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons natural sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ketchup

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 tablespoon neutral vegetable oil
  • 8 to 12 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained, pressed, and cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1  large yellow onion, halved length- 
wise and thinly sliced
  • 2  cups broccoli florets, blanched
  • 1  red bell pepper, cut into thin 
  • 2  cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms

  • 3 to 4 cups cooked brown rice

  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)


  1. In a bowl, a food processor, or a blender, combine the water, peanut butter, tamari, vinegar, sugar, ketchup, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes, and blend well.
  2. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Remove from the heat and set aside. Add a little water if the sauce becomes too thick.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and stir-fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion, broccoli, and bell pepper, and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and mushrooms and stir-fry 3 minutes longer, or until the vegetables soften, adding a little water if the vegetables start to stick.
  4. Return the tofu to the skillet. Add the sauce and stir-fry to coat the vegetables. Serve over the rice and top with the chopped peanuts, if using.

Serves 4 to 6


From Nut Butter Universe by Robin Robertson. ©2013 Robin Robertson. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press. Photo by Lori Maffei.


Now it's your turn to enter to win a copy of Nut Butter Universe! Enter below and increase your chances to win by following me on Facebook and Twitter. US residents only please. Contest ends Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at Midnight EST.

57 Responses to “Nut Butter Universe Recipe and Giveaway!”

  1. karyn says:

    Peanut Butter of course!!! :)

  2. Carrie says:

    My favorite nut butter is definitely sunflower butter!

  3. Carole says:

    Peanut butter…especially if I buy freshly ground peanut butter at a local store. Much healthier!

  4. Becky N says:

    My favorite nut butter is the classic peanut butter- it's surprisingly versatile!

  5. Jody says:

    My favorite nut butter is cashew.  I guess the cashew isn't really a nut, though, so I'd say peanut!

  6. Susan says:

    I recently found a chocolate soy nut butter, and it is just delicious! I eat it by the spoonful, right out of the jar! It is wonderful on toast, and expecially in a chocolate banana smoothie!!

  7. Beth says:

    Peanut butter ALL THE WAY!!!  My co-worker even buys extra because he knows I eat his way too much!  

  8. Trezlen says:

    Cashew and crunchy peanut butter.

  9. Billie Jean says:

    Almond butter is my favorite!

  10. Marisa says:

    I love using tahini in stir-fries, salad dressings, etc!

  11. Ashley says:

    My favorite is definiitely almond!

  12. Davida K says:

    Pistachio butter! Tastes delicious on everything!

  13. Jennifer says:

    My favorite nut butter is a toss up between almond butter and peanut butter. Tough call for me!

  14. Lee Ann says:


  15. Jessica Caneal says:

    My favorite is chocolate hazlenut!

  16. I'm a good ol' peanut butter girl. But, I didn't start eating it until I was an adult. Never had a taste for it as a kid. Also love cashew butter, almond butter, and tahini. Pecan butter is also delish. And sunflower seed butter. And pumpkin seed butter. And hemp seed butter. And….Ok, I like them all!

  17. Ann chervin says:

    Peanut butter!

  18. Teslaca says:

    Cashew butter is my fave.

  19. Eve says:

    The tried and true peanut butter, made with just peanuts and salt.

  20. My favorite nut butter changes pretty often, but I always come back to peanut butter! It's a classic.

  21. Rainn says:

    Almond butter. cashew buitter is a close second.

  22. Beth says:

    Almond butter is my fave! 

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  24. Jessica says:

    My favorite nut butter is peanut butter.  It's a good old standby!

  25. Patt says:

    Peanut butter. I love it in sauces like the one used over the Indonesian salad Gado Gado.

  26. Judy G says:

    My favorite nut butter is Tahini Nut Butter! But I also love honey roasted peanut butter!  Yum

  27. Nancy says:

    Cashew butter

  28. Kitty L says:

    sunflower seed butter!

  29. Bridget says:

    I love tahini and peanut butter!

  30. EMC says:

    Trader Joes used to carry a Cashew-Macademia Nut butter that rocked.  I should try to recreate that one….

  31. Heather says:

    Peanut butter

  32. Karen Faivre says:

    Tahini! I love it and use it every week.

  33. Sandy says:

    We use almond butter the most, but I'd love to try macadamia nut butter

  34. Marsha A. says:

    My favorite is Almond butter.

  35. jean charette says:

    Raw almont Butter!

  36. Andrea says:

    My favorite nut butter is almond butter. But, cashew butter is a close second.

  37. Courtney says:

    peanut butter :-)

  38. Terri Cole says:

    Cashew butter is the most decadent, but the peanut-coconut butter from Earth Balance is delicious!

  39. Betty A. says:

    It's a tossup between almond butter and cashew butter.

  40. Jenna says:

    Peanut Butter…always peanut butter! 

  41. jean charette says:


  42. Jess C says:

    Cashew butter mmmmm!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Krystal B says:

    Almond Butter! 

  44. Caren says:

    Almond Butter

  45. Kathi Sandler says:

    Almond butter!

  46. Emily says:

    Almond Butter ♥♥♥♥

  47. Theresa says:

    Almond butter!!!! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  48. Michelle says:

    I love peanut butter! :) 

  49. Lisa says:

    I like almond butter, but I also like cashew butter, and I like peanut butter in cooking.

  50. Jennifer Licata says:

    I really can't pick just one – depends on the use. Almond butter for smoothies, cashew butter for cooking, peanut butter for sandwiches. :-D

  51. Christy B says:

    My favorite is Sunflower Seed Butter!

  52. Rebecca Siharath says:

    almond and cashew butter!

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