Peanut Butter Noodles
I love peanut butter. I want to hold a jar of peanut butter, run up 20 flights of stairs, and sing from the rooftop. I want to dance with a jar of peanut butter through a meadow full of flowers. I want to get down on one knee and proclaim my forever love for peanut butter. Yes. I do love it that much.
Most people eat peanut butter with jelly and bread. Some put it on bananas or apples. When I go out for ice cream, I order peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter swirled in and peanut butter sauce on top. We all know you can take something sweet and add peanut butter to it to take the taste to new heights. However, did you know that peanut butter can be prepared as a sauce for a savory dish with mind-blowing results?
Allow me to present to you… Peanut butter noodles!
I have been making peanut butter noodles since college. Remember the awesome cafeteria food in college? Yeah, me neither. Though, I did love the fries and always loaded many more desserts on my tray than I should. I also wanted to graduate college before I got a heart attack. So, after a couple of years of eating at the cafeteria and ramen noodles as my “homecooked” meals, I decided to learn how to at least tackle super easy recipes.
My college peanut butter noodles dish was simple. I literally boiled some water, made spaghetti, and after the pasta cooled down, I mixed in sesame oil, soy sauce and peanut butter. That’s it. Depending on how I felt that day, I might have mixed in sriracha to give the dish a kick. I have upgraded the recipe since then to include more ingredients, hence a bolder, bigger taste!
The beauty of this dish is that it’s totally customizable. You decide what you want to put in it. If you are too busy or lazy to chop any vegetables or cook meat, then just stick with noodles. A good, old bowl of noodles never hurt anyone. Don’t like carrots but love mushrooms? Sure, omit the carrots and throw some mushrooms in there. My version does have tons of vegetables because my toddler likes them and mommy will not deny a picky toddler healthy food. You can also serve this dish cold, so it’s great for eating on-the-go, though I recommend heating it if you do add meat as an ingredient.
On the one hand, if you love peanut butter like me, feel free to add even more peanut butter than recommended in the recipe! On the other hand, if you have nuts allergies in your family, try using seed butter as a substitute. You can even ask your kids to help scoop out the peanut/seed butter and/or help mix in the sauce with the noodles and make cooking this recipe valuable family time!