Perfect peanut noodles

This dish pops with bright flavors and colors!  Beautiful to serve to guests and delicious to eat! Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this dish!

This dish pops with bright flavors and colors!  Beautiful to serve to guests and delicious to eat! Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this dish!

I often find that I get in recipe ruts, especially during the weekday as I have little energy come dinner time to get creative in the kitchen. Cooking for one also presents certain challenges as some meals just don't reheat well and creating a mess of dishes for a single serving just seems silly most days. If you're like me and are tired of your standard weekday meals or are just looking for a new go-to meal, try this incredibly simple and delicious recipe for peanut noodles with fresh veggies courtesy of one of my favorite culinary whizzes and good friend Suling! This recipe is an office lunchtime favorite - when word gets out that Suling is mixing up this tasty dish people flock to the kitchen! There are very rarely leftovers when she makes this!

Simple, easy to find ingredients come together quickly to make this recipe. 

Simple, easy to find ingredients come together quickly to make this recipe. 

Peanut Noodles

Makes 4 servings. This recipe also makes great leftovers, just keep your fresh veggie toppings separate from your peanut sauce and noodles.

To make the peanut sauce you will need:

4 big heaping TBS scoops of creamy peanut butter
3 tbs of sesame oil
4 cloves of finely minced garlic
2 tbs of fresh minced ginger
1 TBS of Sriracha hot sauce (or to taste)
2 TBS of rice wine vinegar
4 TBS of Soy Sauce
1/8 cup water (to thin out sauce)
Black pepper to taste.

Other ingredients:
4 servings of noodles (Chinese noodles or spaghetti or linguini works too)
Assorted veggies (carrots, cucumbers, green onions, red cabbage, red peppers, sugar snap peas or whatever you like)

To Make:

  1. Prep veggies and dice or julienne into uniform pieces.
  2. Boil 4 servings of noodles according to directions.
  3. Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl while pasta is boiling and set aside. The sauce should have the thickness of pancake batter. If it's too thick add more water a little at a time. Taste and adjust with more soy or sesame oil to your liking.
  4. Strain your noodles and toss them in the peanut sauce. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more water. Top with your thinly sliced carrots, cucumbers, green onions, red cabbage, red peppers, sugar snap peas or other fresh veggies. Garnish with sesame seeds if you have them and additional sriracha. Serve hot or chilled.

Enjoy!! 

Thanks to Suling for sharing this tasty recipe! These peanut noodles are a great way to use up random fresh veggies you have in your refrigerator. Also try adding chicken into the mix for a more filling meal!

What are some of your go-to weeknight recipes that you love to make?

-c.