My daughter came to stay with us for a few days last week. She brought a bag of her favorite foods with her and of course one of them was ramen noodles. This girl has loved ramen since she was a little girl. I just laughed.
Me - You know we already have food in the house
Her - ya I know
Me - So what is with the bag?
Her - Well......you don't have the right food!
OK that hasn't changed. Both of my kids would come to me whining "Mommmmmmmmmmm I am starvvvvvvvvvvvving"
"OK then makes something to eat"
"But there is nothing in the house to eat!"
They say this as we have a fully stocked pantry *sigh*
Anyway, she decided to prove to me that her food was better.
Ppfffttttt OK go for it.
She made me leave the kitchen so I couldn't see how she made this gourmet ramen dish. I just laughed and went to the living room to watch Food Network.
Out she brings this steaming bowl of noodles. "Hhmmmm what is that smell? Do I smell peanut butter?" "Yes," she proudly exclaims.
Now I am looking at the bowl like it might contain some kind of nuclear waste. "You put peanut butter in your chicken ramen?"
She grins, "Yup, and there is sriracha in it too".
"WOW you really are going all gourmet on me aren't you?"
At this point I realize that I was doing the same thing to her that the family has done to me....doubting before I tried. Soooooo I tried it. Now you know I am not a big fan of packaged food like that buuuuuuuuut I have to be honest here, it ROCKED!
At that moment I knew I wanted to try to make a spicy peanut noodle dish. I browsed through several recipes and kind of mish mashed what I liked into one. This is what appeared, and it is gooooooood! The nice thing is that you can serve these noodles hot or cold. I grabbed some out of the fridge the next day and didn't want to wait for them to heat up, they were great. Kevin had leftovers the next day too. It's a keeper for sure.
Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles
1 box whole wheat linguine
3/4 cup strong brewed green tea
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 brown sugar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, plus more for garnish if desired
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (or more if you like it really spicy like us)
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, grated
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 carrots, grated
3 green onions, chopped on an angle
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add salt and the pasta, cook to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the green tea, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame seeds, chili garlic sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and a pinch of salt until smooth.
Drain the pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the peanut sauce and the grated carrot and toss to combine. Serve topped with green onions and toasted sesame seeds