Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles are big on flavor, full of goodness, and can be served warm, cold, or room temperature. Easy and delicious for potlucks, as it’s always crowd-pleasing.
Happy Monday, Guys!
Can I just take a moment to say I’m actually good with the sky being cloudy and cool today? It’s soooo not my nature to say something that outlandish; I’m a summer gal through and through. But we just emerged from a weeklong heat wave, with humidity nearly thick enough to steam up your eyeglasses.
I’m that girl that never turns on the air condition in the car or in the house, as I’d rather throw open the windows all the way and let the warm wind happen. (Sorry, Littles.) All summer long, I’m outdoors every second possible. Except last week.
You know the heat was no joke when I actually gave in, rolled up the windows, and turned on the A/C…
Not only did I blast the A/C last week, I also spent the entire week taking the 3 boys shopping. That’s something I avoid like the plague [Three boys + Shopping = Hair Loss.]
But that’s what we had to do. We went back and forth to stores like 9 times doing Back-to-School shopping for my 1st, 4th, and 6th graders. Did I mention BTS shopping tops my short list of dreaded shopping experiences? Yeah, it’s up there with shopping for motor oil.
It was so steaming hot (literally) that I even took The Littles to a matinee movie. We very rarely make a trip to the big screen, let alone during the short summer months. But a bucket of popcorn, good friends, and a cool theater was just the respite we needed that day.
And what was The Solution when Hubby had a work potluck? No hot casseroles, thank you. And definitely nothing chocolatey that could end up a melty mess during the sweltering 6:00am commute.
Hubby needed a main dish he could easily transport to the potluck, without having to reheat it or having it disintegrate before his very eyes.
Something that could be served at room temperature or cold.
Most importantly, it had to be absolutely tasty and crowd-pleasing.
Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles to the rescue.
This Asian noodle dish is full of fresh, crispy, colorful veggies. It can be made with chicken or meatless for non-meat eaters. It’s full of protein and totally satisfying. It’s gloriously easy and can be served at any temperature.
And yes, absolutely tasty and crowd-pleasing.
Here’s to food that can take the heat.
Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles are full of deliciousness and nutrition. Can be served warm, room temp, and cold; perfect for parties or potlucks! Easy and crowd-pleasing.
- For the Noodles:
- 16 oz dry noodles (spaghetti or linguine work well)
- 2 TB Asian toasted sesame oil (found in Asian aisles)
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded, halved, and thinly sliced
- 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced into thin strips 2 inches long
- 1 cup chopped fresh green onions
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts, chopped
- Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- For the Peanut Sauce:
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 hot water
- 2 TB Asian rice vinegar
- 3 TB regular soy sauce
- 2 TB pure honey
- 2 TB Sriracha (more, if you like more heat)
- 2 TB freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 TB grated fresh ginger
- 4 cloves minced fresh garlic
- 1 TB Asian toasted sesame oil
- In a large heavy pot, cook noodles in well-salted boiling water, according to package instructions. Rinse with cold water thoroughly. Drain well. Transfer to a large bowl and sprinkle with 2 TB Asian sesame oil. Toss well and set aside.
- While pasta is cooking, prepare peanut sauce: Combine all sauce ingredients and whisk together in a bowl until fully incorporated. Set aside.
- Toss sauce with cooked/cooled noodles until well coated. Add bell pepper, cucumber, green onions, and cilantro, tossing to combine well. Can be covered and chilled or kept at room temp until ready to serve. Sprinkle with peanuts and sesame seeds when ready to serve.
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from Cooking Classy
Here are a few of our family’s favorite Asian noodle dishes:
1. Asian Cold Sesame Noodles. Great alternative for those who can’t do nuts! Delicious and nutty, even without nuts.
2. Soba Noodles with Lime Cilantro and Shrimp. Succulent, nutritious, light, and delicious! Great for warm weather.
3. Jap Chae (Korean Stir Fry Noodles). Words can’t describe how mouthwatering this dish is! It’s a family, friend, and crowd favorite.
4. Chicken Chow Mein (Chinese Stir Fry Noodles). Easy homestyle noodles that taste better than takeout and are way healthier.