Peanut Noodles: Keepin’ it real since 1996

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Spaghetti squash topped with peanut sauce, crunchy veggies, Best Baked Tofu and sesame seeds.

All the way back in 1996, I met one of my very best friends, M. We were inseparable (we had our own club, nicknames, and I could fill volumes upon volumes of inside jokes). After school, we would sit at her parent’s kitchen table and devour peanut noodles out of white coffee mugs with her dog Dixie laying at our feet. If I close my eyes, I can still feel the sunlight streaming in from the kitchen window, smell the peanut-y soy sauce-y noodle smell and feel M beside me.

Nowadays, M lives in Hawaii with her husband and her own dogs Hailey and Isabel, and our inseparable-ness has expanded to regular Google Hangouts with the other part of our trifecta, A, who lives in Chicago. However, our love for peanut noodles has only gotten fonder over the years. Last night, I made a batch of the peanut sauce to spice up the leftovers of my spaghetti squash noodles, and it was so drool worthy I still can’t get over how good it was. In its original 1996-form, the peanut sauce was tossed with a pound of linguine and eaten with whatever “crunchy” vegetables were on hand.

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“Crunchy” veggies: snap peas, matchstick carrot, red bell pepper, scallions. Also pictured: fresh ginger for peanut sauce, and limes (a little squeeze of lime juice is amazingggg on top of the peanut noodles).

Peanut Noodles

Ingredients

1 lb of linguine, cooked and rinsed with cold water. (I substituted my leftover spaghetti squash noodles here)

2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger (I grated about a 1″ section of peeled fresh ginger directly into the sauce)
5 tsp brown sugar (I used coconut sugar)
ΒΌ cup peanut butter*
ΒΌ cup soy sauce
2 Tbs rice vinegar (or cider vinegar)
1 tsp hot oil (I couldn’t find any, so I substituted 2 – 3 tsp Sriracha sauce)

Your fave crunchy veggies, diced: colored peppers, scallions, snap peas, broccoli, carrots, etc..

*If you are nut free, substitute sunbutter instead. If your nut/seed butter doesn’t have a lot of sugar added, you may need to add a little extra to sweeten the sauce to your taste.

Directions

1. Mix all ingredients with a whisk until sauce is smooth and peanut butter-lump free.

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Lump-free peanut sauce after whisking. All the PB should be dispersed evenly in the sauce.

2. Toss with noodles (here I used my spaghetti squash noodles).
3. Top with diced veggies of your choosing. I used sugar snap peas, diced scallions, diced red pepper, shredded carrot and broccoli (I steamed the broccoli for 4 minutes first).

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“Crunchy” veggies ready to be top off the noodles. I steamed my broccoli for 4 minutes, but left all the other veggies fresh.

4. Top with tofu for a protein boost, I used my diced Best Baked Tofu and it was FANTASTIC, see recipe here.

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My Best Baked Tofu makes the best topper – you can find the recipe here.

5. Optional: You can top your noodles with chopped peanuts or sesame seeds if you want – I topped mine with black and white sesame seeds and it added great flavor and crunch! Enjoy πŸ˜€

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I didn’t have that much spaghetti squash left, so I dressed my crunchy veggies in extra peanut sauce to eat with whole wheat pasta later in the week. Mmmm, sooo good! I’m glad I took this picture before I started noshing on it while I waited for the tofu to finish baking. πŸ™‚

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Spaghetti squash noodles topped with crunchy veggies, peanut sauce, and white and black sesame seeds. Ah-freakin-MAZING. For more protein, add tofu.

I gushed about this dish to my friend D after I made it last night, so much so that she was cracking up at my marked enthusiasm over peanut sauce, spaghetti squash, veggies and tofu. I could not stop the, “But DUDE, this is SO GOOD!”‘ from proliferating. Seriously though, this is AMAZING. You can use the peanut sauce to top regular pasta, as I did in the original 1996 form, or use it with gluten-free pasta (there’s some really tasty GF quinoa pasta out there!), use it as a marinade for tofu or tempeh, toss it with veggies to make a salad (warm or cold). It is a phenomenal sauce; in D’s own words: “WOW! This is bold!” when I peer-pressured her to dip her finger in to have a taste. She’s my pseudo-Paleo friend and is planning on using the peanut sauce to top off beef and rice (I won’t hold it against her). Feel free to play around with the ratios to make it more to your own personal taste – more or less sugar depending on what sweetness you’re into, peanut butter to thicken it, whatever you wanna do. Also, as I mentioned before, if you’re topping noodles with this peanut sauce, then definitely try a twist of a lime wedge on top – it really amps the flavor.

I still can’t get over how good this tasted, and I hope you get even a sliver of the amount of enjoyment I did out of it. Mmmm!

Happy Hump Day!

L.

PS: Fact: The only person you can convince to wear matching human disco ball outfits and be a total weirdo with is your BFF since elementary school. M, I still want those sequin pants to wear in real life πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

7 thoughts on “Peanut Noodles: Keepin’ it real since 1996

  1. OMG! I don’t know why it never occurred to me to swap our my regular buckwheat noodles for spaghetti squash when making peanut noodles?!? I love spaghetti squash topped with tomato based sauces so don’t know why I never thought of doing it for thai-style dishes. Doh! Thanks for posting this.

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