March is National Peanut Month and in its honor I plan to cook lots of meals with peanuts. I’m hoping my local frozen yogurt shop will bring back its peanut butter flavor for the month! Here’s an old recipe I created to get some nutritious food into my most finicky eater. It’s Thai-inspired and I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t eat it all and ask for more. When serving adults, I kick up the heat with a couple of diced Thai chilies and double the cayenne pepper. This 15-minute meal serves 4. Use the Easy Weekly Meals Measurement Converter to alter ingredient amounts for more or fewer people.
Cooking Thai-Flavored Peanut Rice Noodles is a great way to use left over proteins. It can also stand alone on Meatless Fridays. As an added bonus, this dish is gluten free, and leftovers reheat well.
Thai-Flavored Peanut Rice Noodles
· 16 oz Brown Rice Spaghetti Noodles
· 1 C Creamy Peanut Butter (fresh ground if possible)
· Juice of 1 Lime
· 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
· 3/4 C Chicken Broth
· 1/4 C Tamari Sauce
· 1/2 C Cilantro Leaves, chopped
· 1 tsp Salt
· Olive Oil Spray
· 1 C Cooked Chicken, Pork, or Shrimp, shredded or chopped
· 2 Scallions, chopped
· 1 C Carrots, julienned
· 1 C Roasted and Unsalted Peanuts, coarsely chopped
· Prepare all ingredients while bringing 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot.
· Break noodles in half and drop into water.
· In a large mixing bowl, whisk together peanut butter, lime juice, cayenne pepper, chicken broth, tamari, cilantro leaves and salt until well blended.
· Coat large skillet with olive oil spray and place pan over medium-low heat.
· Add puree and warm it through while stirring.
· If using meat, add it now along with scallions and carrots.
· When noodles have cooked to al dente, drain and fold them into peanut sauce in pan. Coat them well.
· Place noodles into a serving dish, sprinkle chopped peanuts over top and serve hot as a complete meal.
What’s your favorite way to eat peanuts? Leave a comment and let me know.
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