Helloooo everyone and happy Monday! As you guys know, I really enjoy cooking and once or twice a week I like to make dinner at home. This past weekend I made one of my all time favorite recipes that I just had to share – it’s that good. If you’re a fan of unique, bold, and slightly spicy dishes then you’re going to love my Peanut Noodles! This recipe is directly from the Quick Vegetarian Pleasures cookbook by Jeanne Lemlin and if you can get your hands on a copy then I urge you to do so! It’s an excellent cookbook for fast and healthy vegetarian eating. Here’s the step by step guide to making a Peanut Noodle dish of your own:
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 4 tablespoons oriental sesame oil
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I use crunchy PB but creamy will do, too!)
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or sherry
- 1 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar or other vinegar
- 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (I use 6)
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- Note: The sauce is a bit too bitter for my liking so I add about 3 teaspoons of white sugar to balance it out
- To make the sauce, combine 2 tablespoons of sesame oil with all of the other ingredients except the cucumber and scallions. Beat until well mixed and refrigerate.
- Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the noodles and toss with the remaining two tablespoons of sesame oil.
- This dish can be served hot or cold so you could refrigerate the noodles if you choose or eat it hot after the spaghetti is cooked. I prefer it hot but it’s still very good cold as well!
My mom started making this recipe forever ago and it remains one of my favorites to this day. I made the Peanut Noodles this past Friday and was left with only a small dish of leftovers which I annihilated for lunch the next day. Almost everyone in my family is a big fan of this recipe and I hope you guys enjoy it too! It’s a quick and easy dish to whip together but it tastes like you spent hours cooking it. Peanut Noodles have been my go to dinner to make for a few boyfriends and many a night when there seems to be “nothing to eat” in the house. If you like trying out somewhat “different” recipes to change things up at home then this is the recipe for you!
So there you have it, this week’s Monday Update: Really Good Recipe Edition. Once again, if you can snag a copy of Quick Vegetarian Pleasures – DO IT!! Who is going to give the Peanut Noodles recipe a try? What is one of your go to dishes to make at home? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah
Happy Hump Day, gang! I hope you guys are all ready for some food porn, because I made a super fabulous dinner the other day! Take a look and let the drooling commence:
Viola! Noodles with an Asian peanut sauce, sauteed yellow peppers and garlic, scallions, and steamed broccoli. Or as I like to call it…delicious. Peanut noodles have been my all time favorite food for years now, thanks to my mom finding the recipe in our Moosewood cookbook. (AKA our go to guide for everything vegetarian!) My mom has been making the peanut sauce recipe for quite some time and I swear it never gets old. On Monday night I was craving my favorite dish something fierce honey, so I decided to make dinner for the family. I consulted the trusty cookbook, and began to create the spicy, orgasmic concoction that is peanut sauce. Within ten minutes the sauce was ready to go. The only minor difficulty I had was the fact that we were out of cider vinegar at home so I had to consult the Google machine to learn that red wine vinegar was a sufficient substitute. Usually this dish is served with scallions and cucumbers, but we didn’t have any cucumbers either, so I had to wing it a little. While inspecting the veggie drawer in the fridge, I found a sad looking yellow pepper and a bag of ready to be steamed broccoli…jackpot! While the spaghetti noodles were boiling away, I heated up a pan with some vegetable oil for the saute. I cut up the pepper in strips and added four cloves of garlic to the mix as well. I really was hoping that we had a red pepper, but you can’t always get what you want. -_- Anyways, with my veggies sauteing, my pasta boiling, and the sauce complete it was time for multitask mode. I cleared the kitchen table, set that bitch with the most mismatched dishes you could imagine, and tossed the steam bag broccoli into the microwave. All of this was completed in between stirring my pepper and garlic combo, taste testing my pasta, and cracking open a bottle of wine! BOOM. This fifteen minute free for all of finishing all of the final preparations resulted in an amazing meal. The spaghetti was cooked to perfection, the sauce was impeccable, and the veggies added a fresh take on an old favorite. Family dinner was a great success!
Peanut noodles are a perfect dish for the vegetarians in your life or for anyone who enjoys oriental cuisine. If you’re interested in the recipe, please let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to post it for you! It’s easy as pie to make and so super delicious!
^^^ I’ve been on such a Maroon 5 kick lately, and I kind of hate myself for it but I just can’t help it! They’re so damn catchy, and “In Your Pocket” has been my latest funky time jam. Enjoy! 😉
I hope all of you have a fabulous rest of your Hump Day doing whatever it is that you do! Would you like the peanut noodle recipe? Do you have any vegetarian recipe suggestions for me to try out? I’d love to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah