I’m back! I felt like my brain was running at half speed while I had that head cold. My thoughts seem to be clearing as my symptoms have lifted, but now I’m presented with an overwhelming workload and would rather crawl back under the covers with Cookie. So it goes.
I’m taking a little break to share one of my new favorite, quick meals. It took two tries to get this one right (see the first try here), but my second attempt really hits the spot. Like my other soba noodle recipe, this one is packed with vegetables, which keeps the dish light, while buckwheat soba noodles contribute their whole grain goodness and peanut butter brings in some protein.
This Asian inspired, peanut butter flavored dish is a cinch to throw together. Just boil a pot of water, sauté some veggies, and whisk together some sauces from your pantry. Dinner is served!
- 12 ounces soba noodles or spaghetti noodles of choice
- 2 medium red bell peppers, cut into two inch strips
- 5-6 tightly bunched broccoli stems (about 1½ to 2 pounds), cut into florets
- 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil, for stir-frying
- 2 handfuls fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
- 1 small bunch of green onions, thinly sliced
- lightly roasted peanuts, for topping
- ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced and crushed into a paste (I used my garlic press)
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
- Big pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
- ¼ to ½ cup hot water
- Boil a big pot of water. Add the soba noodles and cook according to the instructions on the package. Drain and rinse with cold water. (Tip: soba noodles seem to be more finicky than regular whole wheat pasta, so really, you need to cook them in a lot of water, be sure not to overcook them, and rinse them immediately.)
- Sauté your broccoli and red peppers over medium high heat with a splash of vegetable oil for about 5 minutes.
- Whisk together the sauce, adding the hot water in increments at the end. As Heidi put it, you want it to be the consistency of a thin yogurt.
- Once your noodles are done cooking, rinsed and drained, toss together the noodles, broccoli, red peppers, cilantro, green onions and sauce.
- Portion into small bowls and top with a sprinkling of dry roasted peanuts.
Make it gluten free: This dish can be gluten free if you use gluten-free spaghetti instead (like a quinoa and corn spaghetti blend).
Preparation tips: I chose to sautée my veggies but you could probably steam them lightly or perhaps use them raw. You could sub any number of seasonal vegetables for the broccoli and red pepper, too. Just be sure to use a lot of veggies to keep the dish light.
If you love this recipe: You'll also love my raw veggie soba noodle salad and Ashley's quick garlicky pasta recipe, too!