Category Archives: Noodles

Spiced Peanut Noodles

Peanut sauce is such an amazing creamy and nutty sauce used in Asian cooking that is made with ground roasted peanuts combined with spices. This is what creates such a smooth, rich sauce with lots of flavor. To make a simpler sauce inspired by authentic Asian peanut sauce requires just a few main ingredients that are common kitchen staples plus some mild spices.

In these spiced peanut noodles, a silky smooth peanut sauce coats ribbons of rice noodles. Thankfully, the sauce is simple to assemble with ingredients like creamy peanut butter, maple syrup, and some spices. It has a deep, nutty flavor that melds wonderfully with the subtle saltiness and spiciness. This flavor along with a hint of maple sweetness creates an amazing salty sweet flavor. Soaking up this rich sauce, sweet rice noodles add a nice texture to complement the thick and creamy sauce. Once combined, the fragrant spiced noodles and rich, nutty sauce are splashed with the lime juice—the final touch to enhance flavor and to add some zest.

Health Benefits

Tossed with tender edamame and coated in a smooth peanut sauce, spiced peanut noodles are also full of easy-to-digest protein, thanks to the legumes. Peanuts and edamame provide essential amino acids along with folate, manganese, B vitamins and numerous essential nutrients. Surprisingly, peanuts contain antioxidants such as resveratrol, adding to their heart-healthy properties.

Also high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, edamame contain: magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. But they are not limited to these nutrients and provide a vast nutrient profile that is often underrated. This tender little bean is good for your bones, heart, and overall health. Besides being well known for a high protein content, edamame can help lower cholesterol and provide plenty of vitamin K1, folate, and thiamine. It also contains isoflavones, which are thought to lower the risk of certain cancers. Altogether, these high-protein ingredients along with the powerful combination of spices like turmeric, cumin, and ginger create a nutritious yet flavorful bowl of creamy spiced peanut noodles with a slight kick from the lime juice and spices.

Spiced Peanut Noodles
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups cooked rice noodles
Sauce
  1. 2 tbsp. oil of choice
  2. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1/3 tbsp. ground ginger
  4. 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
  5. 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  6. 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  7. 1/4 tsp. salt
  8. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  9. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  10. 3 tbsp. rice vinegar
  11. 2 tbsp. lime juice
Add-ins
  1. 1/2 cup boiled edamame
  2. Sprinkle of salt and pepper
  3. Optional: 1/2 cup chopped red peppers and 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Start by adding rice noodles to boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes, then strain and rinse under cold water or cook according to box instructions. Set aside noodles and prepare sauce ingredients. Also, boil shelled edamame if using and set aside with the noodles. Start making the sauce by sautéing garlic and oil in a medium sized skillet until fragrant and soft but not crispy. Add the ginger, chill, turmeric, salt then mix together. Next, add the maple syrup, peanut butter and rice vinegar and stir until all the ingredients combine and the spices are incorporated into the creamy sauce mixture. Toss in the rice noodles, cooked edamame, and optional ingredients to the skillet and stir ingredients over low heat until sauce is mixed into the noodles. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper and serve with an extra splash of lime juice. enjoy!
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Cheesy Baked Pasta (Dairy-Free)

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Baked pasta takes simple pasta to a much higher level. A little extra time to crisp in the oven allows for flavors to intensify and for a baked, crispy topping. In this cheesy baked pasta, the creamy sauce covered noodles bubble into this crisp topping as they meld together to create an amazing balance of creamy and crispy. This combination of baked crispness, creaminess, and cheesiness creates a pasta that tastes wonderful and is so satiating.

The topping of this cheesy baked pasta is made from chunks of bread coated in herb-infused olive oil. Digging into this crispy golden topping reveals noodles drenched in a creamy sauce that soaks into the olive oil coated breadcrumbs. But this pasta could actually be considered fairly nutritious, considering the secret sauce ingredient (buttery golden potatoes) is full of vitamins and minerals. It is also dairy free, thanks to this ingredient, and the noodles and breadcrumbs can be substituted for gluten free versions. It’s a great recipe for allergy-friendly comfort-food that is wonderfully cheesy, creamy, crispy, and satisfying. Thankfully, all you need are some simple ingredients to whip up a batch of this creamy, cheesy baked pasta.

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Cheesy Baked Pasta

2 cups boiled chopped potatoes (Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes were used in this recipe)
1/4 cup cooking water 
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. sea salt and a dash of black pepper
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 cup nutritional yeast

Breadcrumb Topping:
2 slices of sourdough bread (or a GF version), crumbled into chunks
3 tbsp. herb infused olive oil (Regular olive oil works too)
Additional sea salt and black pepper to taste

Cook noodles of choice until el dente, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the chopped potatoes in another pot for about 15 minutes. Drain the noodles and add them to a small casserole dish. Once the potatoes have finished boiling, add them to a high-speed blender or food processor along with 1 cup of the hot water. Add in the seasonings and blend on high speed until smooth. Pour this sauce over the noodles and mix. Now to assemble the breadcrumb topping, add chunks of bread to a pan and coat in olive oil and Italian herbs. Top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Next, bake the pasta and the breadcrumbs separately for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, then top the pasta with this topping and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until it has reached desired crispness.

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Golden Spiced Thai Noodles

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The vibrant flavors of Thai cooking create amazing dishes like these golden spiced Thai noodles, which are light yet surprisingly filling and satisfying. The flavors of lime juice, spicy peppers and curry taste amazing when balanced with the subtle sweet flavors of coconut milk and rice. The coconut milk also cools the spiciness to create a wonderful balance of spiciness and creaminess. 

This recipe for Golden Spiced Thai Noodles incorporates wonderfully fragrant Thai spices into a simple noodle dish. Fragrant, hot, and subtly sweet, the creamy coconut sauce soaks into the soft Jasmine rice noodles. This tasty sauce combines aromatic spices with sweet coconut cream and spicy peppers. To accentuate these flavors, fresh lime juice is splashed into the sauce to bring out the flavors and to add some zest. Overall, these golden spiced Thai noodles are light and fresh yet comforting and nourishing–a healthy and delicious main dish or side.

It’s also a simple recipe to make that contains just a few ingredients plus spices. Simply cook up some rice noodles (They cook so quickly!) while making the sauce. Creating the sauce involves heating up spices,ginger, and garlic, then cooling everything down with some coconut milk and fresh lime juice. Top with optional tomatoes and Thai basil for additional freshness and flavor. 

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Golden Spiced Thai Noodles

Golden Spiced Thai Noodles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package or 8 oz. of rice noodles
  2. 1 tbsp. oil of choice
  3. 2 tbsp. vegetable broth
  4. 1 tbsp. minced ginger
  5. 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  6. 1/4 tsp. each of chili powder and cumin
  7. 1/2 tsp. favorite curry powder
  8. 1/4 tsp. paprika
  9. A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  10. 2 tbsp. brown sugar or coconut sugar
  11. 1/2 cup coconut cream
  12. Optional fresh ingredients: Thai basil and chopped cherry tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Add rice noodles to boiling water for around four minutes. Let sit then assemble the sauce ingredients. Add the oil, vegetable broth, minced ginger and garlic, and the spices to a skillet or low pan and sauté for a few minutes until the spices are fragrant and the garlic becomes golden. Add in the coconut cream, brown sugar, and salt & pepper, while mixing over low heat just until warm. Drain the rice noodles, then add them to the sauce and toss until the noodles are evenly coated. Enjoy!
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