Peanut butter gets a pretty bad rap most of the time. Yes, it has a high fat content, but honestly it’s not any worse than mayonnaise (and actually, based on serving sizes it’s better than mayo). Since peanut butter has a strong flavor, you don’t need a lot in a recipe like this to get the flavor to come through. Because of this, I knew it had to be possible to make a peanut chicken salad that would work for IBS and GERD. It worked and the results were just as delicious as I had hoped they would be!
Using the vanilla yogurt adds a touch of sweetness, the soy sauce adds a bit of saltiness, and the chives give a bit of an onion flavor without actually using the problematic ingredient. The sauce is smooth and creamy and the pea pods and carrots are crunchy, giving a perfect combination of textures in every bite. Chives can be problematic for GERD/Reflux if too much is used, so be careful in garnishing if you have either of those conditions.
The pea pod filling process is a bit tedious (at least in order to have them play nicely for a photo or serving to a crowd), so I’m not sure I would ever want to make these in mass quantity for a party or anything. For myself, though, I didn’t care if they were a bit messy and if you don’t either, then the process really isn’t too bad.
These are a great after workout snack or afternoon at work snack, to give you an energy boost and keep you going the rest of the day.