7 Peanut Butter for Lunch Recipes

By: Nikhita Mahtani

Photo by: Armando Rafael Moutela ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Armando Rafael Moutela, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

It's time to pack the kids up for school again, and that means making mounds of school lunches. But PB&J sandwiches can take you only so far. For a new twist on a classic ingredient that kids and adults love, look no further than the Peanut Butter series on FN Dish. For the next three weeks, we'll be giving you inventive recipes that let you incorporate peanut butter into all your meals — from breakfast to dessert — for the entire family.

Here are ways you can sneak a little peanut butter into your midday meal: lunch. And don't forget to check out last week's breakfast post here.

1. Instead of a mayonnaise-based chicken salad, try it with a touch of peanut butter with Bobby Flay's Chinese Chicken Salad with Red Chile Peanut Butter recipe (pictured above).

2. Mole, a Mexican sauce traditionally made with peppers and chocolate, gets a nutty twist in this Slow-Cooker Turkey Mole Tacos recipe.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

3. Skip the spaghetti Bolognese and try a tangy twist on noodles with Ina Garten's Crunchy Noodle Salad recipe.

Shrimp spring rolls

Shrimp spring rolls

Shrimp spring rolls

4. Jeff Mauro creates a Thai-style delicacy in this Shrimp Spring Rolls recipe.

5. Beat the heat on those exceptionally warm fall days with Claire Robinson's easy recipe for Chilled Peanut Soba Noodles.

Chicken Summer Rolls; Food Network Test Kitchens

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

6. Bring the takeout home with this inventive Chicken Summer Rolls recipe.

JeffMauro_CrunchyFriedPBAndJ_V

JeffMauro_CrunchyFriedPBAndJ_V

Chef Name: Jeff Mauro Full Recipe Name: Crunchy Fried PB and J Talent Recipe: Jeff Mauro’s Crunchy Fried PB and J, as seen on Sandwich King FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: Sandwich King Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

7. For a sweet-and-savory take on a classic PB&J sandwich, try this Crunchy Fried PB and J recipe, complete with potato chips and bananas.

To learn how to make your own flavorful peanut butter without all the additives, click play on Alton Brown's video below.

Alton's Homemade Peanut Butter 01:39

Alton ditches all the additives by making his own creamy peanut butter.
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