Creamy Coconut Peanut Noodles
Creamy Coconut Peanut Noodles are the ultimate comfort food. They're also a super easy to make and healthy Meatless Monday (and vegan!) dinner.
Friends! It's Throw Back Thursday time again! This is the 8th edition of #tbt, and this time I bring you new and improved (and much prettier) Coconut Peanut Noodles. Yum!
These posts started when I was doing some blog clean up, going through all my old posts and correcting the sleepy-eyed grammar mistakes I had made. I wanted to make this little online home of mine a nicer place for all of us to hang out. What I found when I was searching through the old posts were lots of great recipes, with really terrible pictures.
The original pictures of these Coconut Peanut Noodles definitely did not encourage you to make the recipe. The funny thing is (and I'm a little embarrassed to admit this) is that I thought the pictures were really great when I took them. They were denied by both FoodGawker and TasteSpotting, and I could not understand why. I've hidden them at the bottom of the post, so make sure you scroll down to have a little laugh.
The original recipe was made with prawns (which you'll see in the photos) but I've decided to take them out. As much as I love prawns, I can't stomach how commercial prawn fishing is destroying our ocean floors. I've also been reading more about how many of the prawns that are sold in North America are processed by slave labor in Asia, and I don't feel comfortable supporting that. So not cool. Let's not support that, k. 🙂
Original post date: January 13th, 2012
One page, speckled with boiled over peanut sauce, is the only part of the cookbook I can conjure up. I had it around the time I gave up meat, before the advent of the internet; that makes me feel old, which I'm not. My guess is it was a vegetarian cookbook. The idea of combining noodles with peanuts was a bit of a revelation. I love peanuts, I love noodles, of course, they should be together!
What seemed so new and daring then has made its way onto my list of all-time favorite comfort foods. Creamy and mildly spicy noodles, eaten cold from the fridge in the summer, or hot from the stovetop in the winter, are the ultimate easy dinner.
It's my grownup version of a PB&J sandwich.
Coconut peanut noodles are great for both clearing out the fridge and for those nights you've got nothing in your fridge. Open up your produce drawer to see what you've got, and don't be afraid to add some leftover chicken or seafood to the mix. The combinations are, truly, endless.
Here are a few ideas for mixing up your Coconut Peanut Noodles:
- Add more veggies! Cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, eggplant, corn, celery, and zucchini are all great additions.
- Add some protein! Chunks of chicken, tofu or salmon are all delicious in this recipe.
- Switch up the nut butter. Instead of peanut butter, try almond butter. It's so good. 🙂
- Mix in some crunchy, toasted nuts and seeds. Peanuts, chopped almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, and even pumpkin seeds are all tasty additions.
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Creamy Coconut Peanut Noodles are the ultimate comfort food. They're also a super easy to make and healthy Meatless Monday (and vegan!) dinner recipe.
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce (gluten-free, if needed)
- 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon honey (sub maple syrup for vegan)
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice, from 1/2 lime
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha
- 2 cloves garlic, grated on a Microplane or finely minced
For the noodles:
- 1 lb. soba noodles (see notes)
- 1 cup frozen edamame
- 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
- 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
- 1-pint cherry tomatoes
- 2 bell peppers (any color), thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
- 2 small handfuls of bean sprouts
- Cilantro, sesame seeds, and lime wedges, to serve
- Place a large pot of water on high heat. Once it comes to a boil, cook the noodles according to package directions. Add the edamame during the last minute of cooking then drain the noodles and edamame at the same time. Rinse the noodles and edamame under hot running water then place them back in the pot.
- While the water is heating, prepare the rest of the meal. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce along with 1 cup of water in a medium-sized bowl and stir together.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes more. Turn the heat to high and add the bell peppers and carrot and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they just barely start to soften. Add the snap peas and bean sprouts and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the sauce to the veggies and stir through. Pour the veggies over the noodles and, using tongs, toss the two together. Serve immediately with a little cilantro and sesame seeds on top and lime on the side.
I've placed this recipe in the gluten-free category even though it can be difficult to find gluten-free soba noodles. Read the label carefully if eating gluten-free is important to you, or substitute gluten-free vermicelli or some rice noodles.
The original photos of these Coconut Peanut Noodles
If you’re interested in learning a few tricks that I did to improve my food photography, check out the posts 10 Food Photography Tips for New Food Bloggers and The 10 Best Food Photography Props to Improve Your Food Photography.