Hi friend! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and if you were celebrating American Thanksgiving, I hope you go to spend lots of time with your family and friends eating delicious food and celebrating community. Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because I just drove for 7 hours through the mountains and I’m sleepy.
Today I’m sharing a sweet alternative to traditional peanut sauce that you can swap out because peanuts are often a source of an icky mould called aflatoxin. This grossness is a toxic metabolite produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavis, which can grow on maize, peanuts, rice, and wheat.
Research shows that it is a potent liver carcinogen and since hepatocellular carcinoma (a fancy way to say liver cancer) is the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, you’re going to want to avoid the foods that can harm your liver, such as peanuts, and fill up on the herbs and foods that support your liver health!
Aflatoxin has also been linked to lowered immunity and malnutrition, so basically this mould is not something you want in your diet. Fortunately, you can make some pretty stellar replacements for old standbys such as peanut sauce, by using alternative nut and seed butters that are not potentially contaminated with icky mould.
Delicious No-Peanut Peanut Sauce Recipe
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. ginger, minced
- 1-2 heaping tbsps. pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, or cashew butter
- ¾ can coconut milk
- 1 heaping tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. fish sauce
- 2 kefir lime leaves
- ½ stalk lemon grass
- splash of tamari
- splash of rice vinegar
- sea salt to taste
Optional: 1 tbsp. crushed and toasted cashews
1. Place a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Add olive oil, garlic, and ginger to pot and heat until fragrant; about 1-2 minutes.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients, except sea salt, and simmer over low heat until thickened.
4. Season with salt to taste.
5. Pour over stir fried meat and veggies or use as a dipping sauce.
Well there you have it friend! A creamy and delicious sauce for dipping or stir-frying that won’t leave your liver unhappy. If you’re looking for more ways to love your liver and help with detox check out this article on Liver Loving Foods! Have a wonderful week!