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Whole Wheat Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Vegetables Recipe

Whole Wheat Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Vegetables Recipe

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s weekend. My hubs spoiled me with breakfast, gifts, and flowers. Since Josh made breakfast, I took control and made dinner and baked his favorite cookies for dessert-oatmeal chocolate chip. We also relaxed and watched the Olympics and the All Star game. It was a nice, lazy Valentine’s Day.

I recently posted my favorite vegetable spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce. The peanut dipping sauce is the most amazing sauce ever. I can’t praise it enough. I was craving my peanut sauce the other night, but didn’t have all of the ingredients for spring rolls. I decided to try the sauce with noodles and veggies instead. It was just as tasty and super easy to make.

The peanut sauce went perfectly with the whole wheat noodles. I love the nutty flavor of whole wheat pasta. I used spaghetti noodles, but soba noodles would work too. I tossed in broccoli, red and green peppers, carrots, and cilantro. This meal was ready in a matter of minutes and it was outstanding-a new favorite. Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a ton of time or cost a lot of money. This meal is a perfect example! Give it a try this week.

Whole Wheat Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Vegetables

Ingredients:

For Peanut Sauce:
1 small piece of lemon grass, chopped
Freshly grated ginger-to taste
1 cup water
½ cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1½ tablespoons sugar

Whole Wheat Spaghetti (Soba noodles would work too)
Broccoli
Red Pepper Strips
Green Pepper Strips
Carrot Strips
Cilantro
Sesame Seeds

Directions:

To make the peanut sauce:
In a small sauce pan, simmer lemon grass in the water for 5 minutes, strain out the lemongrass and add the remaining ingredients to the water. Whisk well and simmer an additional 5 minutes. If the sauce doesn’t thicken, whisk for one minute over medium heat.

Boil a pot of water and add a little bit of salt. Add the pasta and cook until done. Drain and set aside.

Steam or blanch the vegetables. I steamed mine. In a large bowl, add the pasta and vegetables. Toss. Stir in some peanut sauce. I didn't measure anything because I was making the dish for one. If you are making it for several people, make a box of pasta and lots of veggies. Slowly stir in the sauce and taste. You probably won't need all of it. When I made it for myself, I probably only used 2-3 Tablespoons of the sauce. It is pretty flavorful. Just add a little as you go and save the leftover sauce in the refrigerator.

I sprinkled the pasta and veggies with sesame seeds before serving. This dish is good hot or cold. You can use whatever veggies you like too. Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Soba Noodles with Edamame, Zucchini, and Spinach from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad from 101 Cookbooks
Peanut Sesame Noodles from Smitten Kitchen
Chinese Cold Noodles from Use Real Butter

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76 Responses to “Whole Wheat Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Vegetables Recipe”

  1. 1
    Erica — February 15, 2010 @ 5:47 am

    I make a version of this and it is one of my most favorite meals! peanut sauce is so so good! YUM! Glad to hear you had a nice Valentine’s Day :)

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 15, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    I LOVE peanut sauce. So good especially on whole wheat noodles, since it just adds to the nutty taste. Looks delicous!

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    rebecca — February 15, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    looks wonderful and so healthy I adore it

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    Joanne — February 15, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    Peanut sauce is one of those things that I keep trying new recipes for over and over in hopes of finally finding the perfect one. This one looks like an excellent candidate! I love peanut sauce on noodles…it’s actuallly my favorite way of eating it. But perhaps that’s just because I’ve never tried your veggie spring rolls. Either way, looks delicious! Way to make eating healthy look GOOD.

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    sarah — February 15, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    Oh, yum. Looks very tasty. All may favourite things are here: fresh veg, nuts, and whole wheat. I think I have ,a href=”http://simplycooked.blogspot.com/2010/02/happy-chinese-new-year-ginger-noodle.html”>noodles on the mind lately. They are so easy to cook and make a great backdrop for fresh flavours.

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    sarah — February 15, 2010 @ 7:27 am

    Oh, yum. Looks very tasty. All may favourite things are here: fresh veg, nuts, and whole wheat. I think I have noodles on the mind lately. They are so easy to cook and make a great backdrop for fresh flavours.

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    Amy from She Wears Many Hats — February 15, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    That peanut sauce looks yum! And simple too.

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — February 15, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    Yes, home cooked healthy meals don’t need to take much time and they are so worth the effort. It’s like going to a restaurant in your own home…..except you save loads of money and can control the ingredients. This meal looks great, need to try the peanut sauce. xo

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    Julie @ Pickley Pear — February 15, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    You never cease to amaze me! The peanut sauce looks really easy, and full of protein!!

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    Marthe — February 15, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    This look soooo good, I love how vibrant the veggies are!

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    Sarah, Maison Cupcake — February 15, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    Oh that looks nice, I need to get back on my 10in10 wagon after slight deviation the last couple of days.

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    Nadia @ for the love of yum — February 15, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    Really beautiful colors, I need to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon after my sugar-filled V-day weekend!

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    Ronda — February 15, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    I am new to really focusing on healthy food options and am trying to cut white flour and sugar out of my diet where I can. (I am a sugar and carb addict that is trying to find healthy alternatives). This recipe looks yummy and easy, but I was wondering if using honey instead of sugar would work? Anyone have ideas?

    Thanks!

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    Pink Panda — February 15, 2010 @ 9:03 am

    A Nice Healthy dish. Bookmarked. Thanks!

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    Jennifer — February 15, 2010 @ 9:13 am

    YUM! I love peanut noodles, this healthy kick rocks!

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    Sara — February 15, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    Yummy! I was sold when I read “Peanut Sauce.” :)

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    Dana — February 15, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Looks terrific Maria! Add some tofu to that and that is just about my perfect meal!

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    Small Town Runner — February 15, 2010 @ 9:43 am

    Mmm, this looks good. My peanut sauce always seems a little heavy (sometimes I want heavy, sometimes not so much). Is hoisin sauce like soy sauce? And where in the world might I find lemongrass?

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    Michelle — February 15, 2010 @ 10:33 am

    Yum this looks so good!I love Peanut Sauce and pasta. You have been cooking up some wonderful healthy dishes!

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    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen — February 15, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    What a beautiful photo! Those colors really pop! Bet the flavors do to! :)

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    picky cook — February 15, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    this dish sounds & looks amazing. will need to try this soon!

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    twopeas — February 15, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    Ronda-I am sure honey would work, give it a try and let me know.

    Small Town Runner-Hoisin sauce is made from soybean paste, garlic, chilies, and various spices, and can contain sugar and vinegar. It is a little thicker than soy sauce. You can find it at most grocery stores. Try the Asian aisle. I buy lemon grass at a local Asian market. It is a long thin stalk.

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    sugarlens — February 15, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    I have a similar recipe with spicy peanut sauce. It is superb! Yours look amazing.

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    Gaby — February 15, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    one of my favorite go-to dinners when I am running low on time!!! great pic!

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    Jan (Family Bites) — February 15, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    I have been looking for a great veggie pasta recipe and think I may have just found it. It looks so fresh and healthy and delicious.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    beth — February 15, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    I HAVE to try that dipping sauce!

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    Tracey — February 15, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    That looks wonderful Maria! I’ve been meaning to try the peanut sauce since you posted it for the spring rolls – thanks for the reminder :)

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    Natalie — February 15, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    mmm this sounds delicious, peanut sauce and delicious noodles, my idea of a good meal!

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    ern — February 15, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    just wondering which asian market you use. i’m in utah as well and shop at a couple of them, but wondering if you have a favorite that you recommend!

  30. 30

    This looks so good. Plus, my kids both love broccoli and peanut flavor so I’m hoping that my test of this will result in a meal they’ll love :D

    Thanks!

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    Bridgett — February 15, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Do you have any of the cookies you can send my way? Enjoy your week, Maria.

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    leslie — February 15, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

    I could probably eat that sauce right out of the bowl!

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    diana merrell — February 15, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

    This dish has the wow factor and the color of the veggies looks awseome!

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    Deborah — February 15, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

    I wish my husband liked peanut sauce. Maybe I need to make this and try to convert him!

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    tigerfish — February 15, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    Very healthy looking…

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    Pam — February 15, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    I love this recipe! Bookmarked.

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    Esi — February 15, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    Yum, I love peanut sauce and noodles

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    Cristie — February 15, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

    Some of my favorite ingredients are in this recipe. I love hoisin sauce- can’t wait to try this out, it really sounds wonderful.

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    Manggy — February 16, 2010 @ 1:50 am

    Oh gosh! Small town runner is in for a real treat! (I love love love hoisin sauce.) I’ve wanted to make something like this ever since I saw it in a Cook’s Illustrated – it’s healthy but oh so good!

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    grace — February 16, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    this is just ridiculously healthy while still being tempting and delicious. would it be wrong to just feast on the sauce? :)

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