Thursday, March 26, 2015

Easy Peanut Sauce with Noodles


Peanut Sauce with Noodles  is just the easiest 5 minute dish to make
that seems like you slaved for hours
I have 3 go to favorites for Peanut Sauce 


Let's make the straight up Peanut Sauce
It's great for a quick lunch or fancy side dish
it's really simple, flexible, changing it to your own taste. 
it is the same method for the Orange Peanut Sauce
 
 
Gather Ingredients
forget to add red pepper flakes to photo
add ginger to photo shoot even if it isn't in the recipe


 
Mix  ingredients right in your measuring cup
 more or less water depending on how creamy you like it
different brands/styles does change the texture. 
Natural Peanut Butter tends to make a thicker sauce
 
I like it HOT!!!

it looks curdled before it comes together
warm water helps it blend faster
 
patience keep stirring
it will look creamy ooey gooey goodness in a minute
 

seeee creamy deliciousness

pasta is cooking
ok I forgot to photo the rice sticks cooking
I improvised
 
yummm I love broccoli with Peanut Sauce
 
 
It’s great with broccoli, greenbeans, carrots, shrimp, chicken, cut up left over steak.



 kitty was the last one seen with the shrimp - bad kitty 


The second recipe Orange Peanut sauce I love the citrusy flavor
the orange juice brings to the dish
my son tells me peanut butter - orange don’t go together in his world
for him I make Peanut Sauce
 
Experiment - make it the first time for yourself
try adding veggies and meat. 

The best food is food made how you like it.
 
Peanut Sauce for Noodles

Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :10 min
¼ cup teriyaki
2 tbs rice vinegar
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
2 cloves crushed the jarred stuff works just fine
¼ cup water
¼ cup peanut butter


8 oz dry pasta if using the rice sticks I would double sauce
Directions
Mix first 6 ingredients together, when you first start mixing the sauce will look lumpy almost curdled just keep whipping until it gets nice and creamy.  Pour over cooked pasta. Enjoy!!

The Orange Peanut Sauce recipe is very flexible
the first set of measurements I listed make one serving
the second set of measurements
are meant to be made with the 8oz pkg of 
Kame rice sticks to feed a crowd.
 


 Orange Peanut Sauce
Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :10 min

 1      tablespoon    peanut butter
 1      tablespoon    orange juice, frozen concentrate
 1      tablespoon    balsamic vinegar
orange zest – optional

dash    red pepper flakes
1.5 oz rice stick - I use Thai single serving soup, cook the noodles without the broth packet


Directions 
Mix first 5 ingredients together, when you first start mixing the sauce will look lumpy almost curdled just keep whipping until it gets nice and creamy.  Pour over cooked pasta. Enjoy!!

Serving Size  : 4-6    Preparation Time :10 min

 1/2      cup  peanut butter
 1/2      cup  orange juice, frozen concentrate
 1      tablespoon    balsamic vinegar
orange zest -  optional

½ tsp    red pepper flakes
8 oz rice sticks


Directions

Mix first 5 ingredients together, when you first start mixing the sauce will look lumpy almost curdled just keep whipping until it gets nice and creamy.  Pour over cooked pasta. Enjoy!!


Hints:
Kame rice sticks are sooo thin they suck up all the sauce fast
don't even try to break the noodles in half
unless you want rice sticks flying around the kitchen
I make double the sauce when using rice sticks instead of regular pasta



The third Peanut Sauce is adapted from the 365 slowcooking blog spot Tofu In Peanut Sauce CrockPot Recipe .  I have made it with the tofu but prefer it with diced chicken breast I also found it very thick and add water.  I don’t have Margarita Mix and if I don't have a lime I used white wine.

 Chicken In Peanut Sauce CrockPot Recipe

1 lb diced chicken breast
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 T soy sauce
3 T white wine
1/2 t ginger
2-3 cloves of chopped garlic
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes - I like at least 1/2 tsp
½ cup water
whole bag of baby spinach

 Directions

Add peanut butter, soy sauce, white wine, water, ginger, garlic and pepper flakes to crockpot stir it around. In a fry pan brown the chicken then add to crockpot.   Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours. 15 minutes before serving, stuff the entire bag of baby spinach inside, cover, stop peaking really walk away, give it a chance to wilt. Serve with rice.
Or watch daughter put crock on high and pace around the kitchen asking-  is it’s ready yet? how much longer? - isn't that the same question she just asked!!   It really needs the time to let the flavors come together.