Ultimate PBJ

Creating the ultimate PBJ was not my intent. I stumbled across an inspiration for this recipe at, “Oh She Glows“, last night. Turns out, searching for breakfast recipes all evening can leave a person feeling very hungry. This recipe was the last straw. I had to call it a night.

Cook'n Recipe OrganizerIn fact, I now have some very serious recipe creating and organizing to do. All of that work is going to be a breeze thanks to Cook’n Recipe Organizer. I know. That sounds like some kind of endorsed statement, like I’m being paid to be a raving fan. But I do think this program is pretty good for a $74 investment.

  • I can finally capture all the recipes from the web in an easy process , (no re-formatting!)
  • All my printed recipes, including those in cookbooks, I can take a photo with my cell phone and capture the data, (no re-typing!)
  • Menu creation for a day, a week or a month!
  • Grocery shopping list generation!
  • Nutritional information can be entered via a detailed data set sorted into brands and whole foods, (only down side is having a close look at the levels of sugar, fat, sodium and cholesterol.)

But I feel like Julia Child in the movie, “Julie and Julia” when she was about to start her tres gourmand cooking school in France, she wanted “precise measurements to yield predictable results”. Something like that. It is not really the way I cook, but I think there may be something to it when you are throwing around ingredients where you could do with less. Liberally spreading butter, versus a light touch only saves your heart. It does not sacrifice flavour. At least, that is my new story and I’m sticking to it.

Speaking of butter and bread and spreads….OK. This sandwich is in the “once-in-awhile” category. No matter how light of a touch you have, this dish packs a lot of calories. My son was halfway through when he asked if he could have another. Normally, I might have said yes, but today I said no. If you are still hungry, eat an apple. Turns out, he didn’t need another. It is rich.

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Ultimate PBJ

  • 3 slices bread
  • 2 T jam
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 2 t butter

Nice hot cast iron frying pan. Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread. On next slice, spread half of the jam. Face these 2 spread sides together. On the top of this spread rest of jam. Top with 3rd slice of bread. Butter top, lay into frying pan, butter side down. Spread butter on plain side in frying pan. Flip when golden.

For an extra flair, take a can of coconut milk from the fridge where you keep it, handy for this kind of thing. Whip it into a cream. Dolop on your plate and dip sandwich into it.

Now play with different butters and different jams. I used fig jam with cashew butter, WOW!

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Nutritional Information, (high fibre bread, cashew butter and cherry jam)

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 496
Calories from Fat: 59

  • % Daily Value *2,000 calorie diet
  • Total Fat 16g 25%
  • Saturated Fat 16g 82%
  • Cholesterol 25mg 8%
  • Sodium 524mg 22%
  • Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
  • Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
  • Protein 9g 17%
  • Sugars 29g, **
  • Vitamin A 10%
  • Vitamin C 15%
  • Calcium 7%
  • Iron 35%

**according to the World Health Organization this should be considered about half your daily intake of sugar, but the USDA has not set a guide on daily intake of sugar.




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