On The Menu: Peanut Noodles
As a vegetarian family, I find some of our best recipes are ethnic recipes from cultures that value vegetarian dishes instead of trying to fit a normal American meal into a vegetarian mold. Japanese, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Italian. There are so many interesting recipes in these cuisines that are just naturally vegetarian with minor alterations or no alterations at all!
Our favorites are usually Asian-inspired dishes like these Peanut Noodles. A bonus is that this recipe can be easily made gluten free if you have guests visiting who avoid gluten.
This is a very popular recipe in our home and SO easy to make! I hope you enjoy it!
:: Peanut Noodles ::
Makes 6 servings
1 lb rice noodles (cooked according to package directions)
1 red bell pepper, chopped into small cubes
1 cucumber, thinly sliced in rounds
2 carrots, peeled and julienned (can also use the peeler to make thin strips)
1 package shelled edamame, thawed
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 lime, cut in wedges
1 small handful each fresh cilantro and mint, chiffonade cut
Sriracha sauce (optional)
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 small yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari
1 freshly squeezed lime
3 tbs toasted sesame oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 small handful each fresh cilantro and mint
In a blender, puree all sauce ingredients into a smooth paste, except for the cilantro and mint. Once ingredients are combined, add the cilantro and mint and pulse gentle to combine into the sauce.
Chill noodles with cold water and drain. Toss sauce with noodles, chopped vegetables, and edamame. Garnish each dish with scallions, cilantro, mint, and sesame seeds. Serve with lime wedges and sriracha sauce to taste.
This is the simplest recipe and is an easy thing to throw together any weeknight. I especially love that rice noodles take just minutes to cook. It’s perfect dish for entertaining the vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free guests in your home and ideal for a taste of summer in the middle of winter!