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Cooking Asian food is something that has always intimidated me. Given that one of our reasons for creating this blog is to become more confident while cooking, I knew that I would have to face my fear soon. With incredible flavors and possibilities, I decided to try a simple recipe and adapt it to make it even easier. Primarily, my fear of cooking Asian food is due to the sauces. Whenever I eat Chinese food, Thai or Japanese, I am constantly thinking, I could never recreate this at home. The zest, spice and zing of sauces I try in these dishes, always seems immeasurable and impossible to recreate. As I was gathering the ingredients at the store for the sauce for this recipe, I felt a blanket of worry covering me. Peanut butter, soy sauce and sesame seed oil seemed like a sticky, inedible paste that would certainly not enhance a meal in any way. However, as I began to combine the ingredients at home, this mixture was a welcoming surprise. Not only did it perfectly coat our noodles with an unforeseen bite, but the flavor was one that I could not stop tasting. The sweet and tangy sauce made me unafraid to try to create inexplicable combinations in the future, and has allowed me to be bold in making food choices ever since.

Asian Peanut Noodles

The best part of this meal was the ease. This is something that we found ourselves looking forward to making again and again. In less than twenty-five minutes, we made a fresh, healthy meal that was incredibly filling and flavorful. From cutting the vegetables, to boiling the noodles and courageously mixing the simple sauce, this dish could be made quickly to feed a hungry crowd. Additionally, the leftovers were plentiful and we looked forward the next day to devouring the dish all over again. The way the noodles absorbed the flavors from the peanut sauce was incredible!




Overall, this meal so far has been the most fun to create. Taste-testing the sauce and raiding our fridge to find that one ingredient to make it pop, was an amusing challenge. Discovering that ingredient and bravely pouring it into our sauce made for a hilarious encounter. Never would I have thought that we would add strawberry jam to a dinner sauce. However, taking the opportunity to be daring and spontaneous, allowed us to make a humorous finding. It also revealed to us that being bold in our choices, leads to confidence in the kitchen – which is our goal for this entire blog. Enjoy and I hope you start to become more daring in your cooking as well!




Asian Peanut Noodles

Asian Peanut Noodles

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. egg noodles (any kind)
  • 1 orange bell pepper chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 chopped chives (the green part)
  • ¼ cup green beans
  • A pinch of Sesame seeds
  • Black Hawaiian salt to taste
  • Dressing: We call it our Everything Peanut Sauce
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons Smucker’s strawberry jam
  • 2 limes juiced
  • pinch of lime zest
  • 2 tbs. teriyaki soy sauce
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Place the 1 lb. of egg noodles into the water and cook for the directed time.
  2. To make the sauce, combine and mix all of the ingredients except for the peanut butter in a bowl. Once these ingredients mix, add the peanut butter little by little so that you can successfully mix it in. We found that doing it this way made the mixing process easier.
  3. Chop the orange bell pepper, red bell pepper, and the chives.
  4. Once the noodles are done cooking, drain the water, and transfer to a bowl. Pour the noodles into a bowl.
  5. Place the chopped bell peppers, and green beans over the noodles, and mix.
  6. Pour the dressing over the noodles and mix.
  7. Plate your dish, and garnish with the chives, sesame seeds, Black Hawaiian Salt.
  8. Enjoy!
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