Peanut Pad Thai

We got a lot of requests for this recipe. During our winter orientation event, Foodies Fair 2014, we demoed this recipe and later rolled out full lunch sized portions for event attendees to try. If we’re being honest, at first people were very sceptical. Peanut butter on noodles? Yuck – no thank you! However, after a few brave souls tried this recipe and raved about the happy marriage of sweet and salty in these noddles, we had a bigger line up than we could handle. We actually ran out twice and had to make more! So go on you brave soul – what are you waiting for? We promise you this will become part of your weekly dinner menu after just one bite!

Serves: 4 / vegan / gluten free

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces rice noodles peanutnoodles
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (or classic)
  • 3 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Siriracha
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lime
  • Cooked vegetables and protein of your choice
  • Chopped peanuts

Method:

1. Cook the rice noodles until al dente. Remove some of the starchy cooking water and set aside. Strain the noodles and run cold water over them until they are cool to the touch. This will prevent them from cooling into a sticky mass.

2. Place the peanut butter in a large sauce pan and heat on medium-low until melted. Whisk in the remaining ingredients.The mixture may become quite thick at this point. Thin out the peanut butter mixture with the starchy noodle water as needed. The sauce should be thick, but still loose enough to toss the noodles and precooked vegetable/protein mixture in.

3. Add the noodles and cooked vegetables and protein of you choice and toss the mixture with tongs until the noodles are fully coated in the peanut mixture. Increase the temperature to medium high and continue to toss the mixture as the cold noodles heat up. Be diligent with tossing or the bottom of the mixture may burn. Continue to toss until the dish is at your desired temperature preference.

4. Plate the noodles and garnish with chopped peanuts.

Items from this recipe you can find in the Community Food Room (based on delivery and donations):

  1. Rice Noodles
  2. Peanut butter
  3. Vegetables (peppers, carrots, broccoli)
  4. Protein (tuna, chicken, beans, tofu)

Adapted from: Sesame and Peanut Noodles by Melissa d’Arbian of the Food Network

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