Small Batch Sunday - Essential Peanut Sauce

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If you only have one thing to toss together in preparation for the back-to-school shuffle, this should be it. It's savory, satisfying and versatile and is a staple in our refrigerator. You can toss it with your favorite noodles and pile it high with your favorite garnishes for the classic cold peanut noodles but you can also use it as a dip for apples and pears (yep, Fall fruit is on it's way) and wait for it...bananas! It's amazing on grilled zucchini or in a roasted veggie and potato salad. We ladle it into baked sweet potatoes, sprinkle it with chopped peanuts and dried cranberries for a quick, fuel packed mini-meal for either before or after sports practices. It's grilled chicken's best friend and we're thinking you're probably getting the idea that it's going to be your best buddy too. Oh, and it takes minutes to prepare!

Whip up a batch tonight and let us know what creative ways you come up with to enjoy it!

Back-to-School Peanut Sauce

1 cup peanut butter - we use the Once Again Organic Peanut Butter that we carry because it's just peanuts and salt. If you have kids that will not eat natural peanut butter, use half of their preferred variety and half of a natural peanut butter. Before you know it you'll be at 100 percent natural peanut butter and they won't miss the sugar in regular variety.
1/2 cup soy sauce
2/3 cup warm water
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
3 tablespoons (about 2 inches) fresh ginger, chopped
2 big cloves garlic, chopped

Mix all together in a blender or in a bowl (blender is faster and less messy! ) When you are done blending the sauce pour it into glass jar or other container. A clean-up tip: If you use the blender, put a drop of dish washing liquid in the bottom of it, fill half way with hot water, put on the lid and blend at high speed for 30 seconds to get the blades nice and clean. Rinse well and voila...clean blender!
Makes 1 pint