weeknight meal: thai peanut noodles

When you are feeling bored and uninspired in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to get you out of that weeknight meal slump! It is so flavorful, bright (which is especially appreciated in the dead of winter), and comes together with minimal time and effort. Also, it makes for divine leftovers – perfect for heating up in the microwave or on the stovetop!

Oh, I’ll also say that you can easily make the sauce and/or cook the noodles ahead of time if you are looking for ways to make the dinner hour prep even shorter!

Let’s make it then, shall we?

Ingredients

For the peanut sauce:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 TB coconut aminos (can substitute soy sauce or tamari)
  • 1 TB honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 inch knob ginger, peeled
  • 1-2 TB sriracha (depending on how spicy you like it)

For the rest:

  • 1/2 package stir fry rice noodles
  • 3-4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 small broccoli crowns torn/chopped
  • a handful of cilantro, chopped
  • a handful of dry roasted peanuts, chopped

Method:

Begin cooking the rice noodles according to the package instructions.

Combine all sauce ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend until completely smooth. Taste and decide if you want to add more sriracha, a pinch of salt, or more honey.

While the noodles finish cooking, chop your vegetables. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a spoonful of coconut oil or high-heat cooking oil (like avocado oil) to the pan. Add the green onions and stir. Add a hefty pinch of salt. Add the carrots and broccoli. Turn the heat to medium-high. Saute the veggies, stirring occasionally, until the carrots and broccoli are just tender (about 7 minutes).

Drain the noodles and put them back into the pot. Pour the sauce over the noodles and stir. Dump the sautéed veggies into the noodles and stir to combine. Top with chopped cilantro and peanuts. Enjoy!

Notes:

  • Noodles – look on the international isle in your grocery store! Thai Kitchen does make “stir fry rice noodles” but the brand I got just said “rice noodles”. Don’t stress on finding the exact ones, just get rice noodles that look like fettuccine noodles.
  • Can I add meat?? Of course! Shredded or chopped chicken on top would be nice! I just didn’t have any on hand and this meal was actually plenty filling without the meat. Even Adam didn’t miss it!

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