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
- 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
- Red Pepper Strips
- Green Pepper Strips
- Carrot Strips
- Sesame Seeds
- 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!
Have you tried this recipe?
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Yum! I made this last night and my whole family gobbled it up! Thanks Maria!
You are great at those food pictures!!
I guess it’s been a while since I’ve visited your blog, but it looks great!!! 😀
This sounds absolutely delicious. And love that it’s super healthy too.
I adore noodles in all their guises. These look really good, Maria. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary
Beautiful! Usually when I make peanut noodles, I use coconut milk, which can make the sauce somewhat heavy. I will definitely give your recipe a try next time!
mmm gotta love a good peanut sauce!
I love spicy peanut sauce. This is a perfect weeknight meal. It’s easy, nutritious and tasty.
Peanut noodles with veggies is one of my favorite meals. I love the hoisin in your sauce!
Looks yummy and healthy!
I’ve been thinking about maybe making some pad thai and this re-reminded me. Looks so healthy this dish.
Yum! Peanut sauce is a big favourite for us.
Gorgeous photo! It looks so appetizing and colorful!
This looks delicious!
We would love this pasta dish at our house too!
This sounds delicious Maria! I just made whole wheat pasta for the first time last week. I really didn’t notice the whole wheat flavor like I do in ready made pasta, but the texture is completely different and wonderful!
Wow, this is beautiful!!! And soooo yummy
Um, oops. I didn’t finish my comment before hitting ‘submit’…hehe, sorry! I meant to say “And soooo yummy-looking!” 🙂
Another beautiful dish Maria! If anyone is nutfree, you can use sunflower butter in place of peanut butter in a Thai sauce like this and the flavor is very good and only subtly different. I’ve gotten hooked on sunflower butter at home!
What a great light meal
YUM! This looks great. I will have to try this with almond butter.
Made this last night with soba noodles, broccoli, carrots and snow peas (omitted cilantro and sesame seeds since I didn’t have them in the house). Rather than grating up the ginger in the sauce, I boiled a piece of ginger with the lemon grass (which smelled delightful, and I think would make a dynamite (and sinus clearing) tea). It turned out wonderfully, and was quick and easy enough for a weeknight dinner. I ate the leftovers for lunch today – just as good cold the next day as they were warm last night. We ended up using up all the sauce – my kids added copious amounts to their noodles, and dipped raw veggies in it. We’ll be making another batch of the sauce tonight for spring rolls. Good stuff!
Jen-so glad you enjoyed this dish. Thanks for letting us know!
this looks great — and easy too! perfect weeknight dinner, esp with whole wheat pasta!
This looks great. I have one child who likes broccoli and one who likes carrots, so this is a perfect recipe for me!
I bought the ingredients for this that I didn’t have on hand and can’t wait to try it out this week. I hope the kids like it too because it sounds like it’s gonna be tasty.
I make a similar dish and than put same Red curry paste or Sambal in the
peanut sauce this makes it a bit more spicy
It definitely looks healthy and delicious. Very Spring-y. I think I’ll just go a bit crazy and add more veggies.
I made this last week and LOVED it!!! I used Barney Butter- Almond/Creamy, instead of peanut butter, just to make it a little healthier… OMGoodness!! It was so so so good! Since I am dieting, and therefore not having sweets these noodles tasted so sweet to me!! I loved every bite!!! Thanks so much!! It’s a definite keeper!
I will have to try it with Barney Butter. Glad you enjoyed this dish!
Oh my goodness this was so delicious! I will definitely be making this again and again. I didn’t have any lemon grass, red pepper, or sesame seeds, but I added steamed kale and green onions to the rest of the mix that i did have and topped with sliced almonds. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Small Town Runner-Hoisin sauce is made from soybean paste, garlic, chilies, and various spices, and can contain sugar and vinegar.
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