Power family foods with peanuts

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Sharing a meal with family and friends brings people together, especially when favorite recipes are on the table. Whether there’s a cause for celebration or a gathering of loved ones is simply overdue, serving up delicious dishes is a sure bet to get everyone involved.

Leaning into a versatile ingredient like peanuts, which make these dishes possible, can take your gatherings to the next level. They complement a wide range of recipes from appetizers and snacks to main courses and desserts.

Plus, they contain 26% protein and fulfill approximately 30% of a 4 to 6-year-old’s and 26% of a 7 to 10-year-old’s recommended daily allowance per serving, making them a kid-favorite source of energy. They contain six essential vitamins—vitamin E, folate, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin and vitamin B6—and seven essential minerals—phosphorus, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper and calcium.

Often referred to as “nutrition in a nutshell,” there’s a good chance your peanut supply came from the United States’ leading grower: Georgia. With approximately 4,000 active peanut farmers, the state produces 52% of the country’s peanuts.

To find more family-friendly recipe ideas powered by peanuts, visit GAPeanuts.com.

Mexinut Dip

Recipe courtesy of the Georgia Peanut Commission

Yield: 4 cups

1 can (11 1/2 ounces) condensed bean with bacon soup

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 can (10 ounces) tomatoes and green chiles

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

1 tablespoon hot chili powder

1/2 cup peanut butter

corn chips or crackers

In 2-quart microwave-safe container, combine soup, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and green chiles, onion, chili powder and peanut butter. Cover with glass or plastic lid.

Microwave on high 2 1/2 minutes; stir. Microwave 2 1/2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Stir before serving with corn chips or crackers.

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