Mississippi on the Menu

Mississippi Peanuts

The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year. Besides their great taste, peanuts have over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients like protein, B vitamins, Vitamin E and magnesium. These bite size nuts have more antioxidants than broccoli, carrots and green tea.

Peanuts are not only good for family food plans but they brought in $16 million dollars to our state’s economy in 2011. We harvested 62.4 million pounds of peanuts grown on 16,000 acres in Mississippi last year. So whether you like roasted peanuts, boiled peanuts, or peanut butter, remember Mississippi farm families love growing peanuts for our families and yours!

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches

8 T. smooth or crunchy peanut butter
8 slices whole grain bread
2 large ripe bananas, sliced lengthwise into a total of 16 pieces
2 T. honey
Cooking Spray

Spread 1 T. peanut butter on each of the bread slices. Place banana pieces on top of the peanut butter on 4 of the slices. Drizzle with honey. Pres the remaining slices of bread on top to make 4 sandwiches.

Place a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Coat the bread with cooking spray just before browning each side. Grill sandwiches, in batches, approximately 2 minutes each side, until golden brown. Slice the sandwich diagonally and serve warm.