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“No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut.” Channing Pollock

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The month of March celebrates peanuts. No, we are not talking peanuts as Charlie Brown and his gang. We are talking roasted, salted, in the shell, ground into peanut butter, stir fried, heart healthy peanuts!
National Peanut Month began as National Peanut Week in 1941. The year 1974 marked the beginning of the peanuts month long celebration. Yes, March is the month to spread the word about not just America’s, but many cultures, favorite nut.
Peanuts are an awesome snack for children and adults. They are convenient and packed with protein. This heart healthy nut is also loaded with antioxidants, essential vitamins, and minerals….over thirty total! They are naturally high in fiber and the fats in peanuts are monounsaturated; which aid in lowering the bad cholesterol and raising the good. Mr. Peanut is just what you need for healthy bones, skin, and internal organs.
According to the National Peanut Board, Americans alone consume over 1.5 million pounds of peanut products per year. Here we are going to share a new recipe in celebration of the delicious, nutritious, so loved peanut. These finger licking good wings are perfect for a March Madness snack.

Crispy Baked Peanut Sweet Chili Chicken Wings
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes Servings: 4

Ingredients
2 pounds chicken wings
1 tablespoon oil
1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons lime juice (~1 lime) or 1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
1 tablespoon fish sauce or soy sauce
1 tablespoon chili sauce (such as sriracha) or to taste
Directions
Toss the wings in the oil, place them on a rack, on a foil lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400F oven on the upper shelf until golden brown and crispy, about 45-50 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium heat until the peanut butter has melted and set aside.
Toss the wings in the sauce and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Calories 589, Fat 43g (Saturated 11g, Trans 0.3g), Cholesterol 174mg, Sodium 1711mg, Carbs 3g (Fiber 0.5g, Sugars 1g), Protein 44g

http://nationalpeanutboard.org/our-story/
http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-peanut-butter-day
http://nationaldaycalendar.com/2014/02/28/march-1-2014-national-peanut-b...

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