One of my favorite things to include in a bento is a dip and some veggies, pita strips, crackers, etc. One can only eat so much hummus though, right? So I thought that if any of you out there are like me, we could post some of our favorite "different" dips.
SPICY PEANUT DIP
1 cup NATURAL peanut butter (no ingredients other than peanuts, salt)
1/2 cup hot water
3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
1 small minced red chili, or 1 tsp red pepper flakes, to taste
2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar (or regular rice vinegar plus 1 tsp sugar)
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp tomato paste (I use the kind in a tube)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp fresh, grated ginger (I use a paste)
1 tsp cumin
Throw it all in a bowl and mix it up! This makes a lot of dip, so you may want to halve the recipe if you're the only person eating it. Lasts about 1 week in the refrigerator if kept in an airtight container.
This dip is super versatile. Dilute the mixture a little bit and add it to soba or spaghetti noodles and sliced vegetables and top with cilantro to make a spicy peanut noodle salad!