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Peanut Sauce Noodle Bowl

I often wonder what it would be like to live alone. To cook for just me and me alone and to have all the time (I think) I need or want to get my projects done. The pressures us mothers face on a daily basis are immense. Whether you work or not (which I do), there are just so many demands on our time and precious mental energy every day that sometimes it’s just, well, tiring.

But as much as the grass can always seem greener as I watch my single friends head out for a round of beers every day at 5, there really is nothing else I would rather do. I love cooking for my family, and I love seeing their chipmunk faces at the end of every day. I may not love driving them all over the city or fighting with them to get dressed for school, but I really can’t imagine (and couldn’t possibly bear) life without them.

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The key to handling it all is to take care of me. If I am taken care of, then I have more to give to them and everyone else in my life. If I am well, those around me will be well. Children are merely mirrors of who we are as parents. And really, how all people respond to us is usually a direct reflection of what we are projecting to them.

So whether you are cooking for just you, or a whole brood of folks who look to you to provide guidance, love, and sustenance, take care of number 1 first. That light you shine will always reflect back on you. Keep it bright. Today’s recipe can be made for just one or for many.

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Peanut Sauce Noodle Bowl:
The Peanut Sauce:

(3/4) cup natural smooth peanut butter
(1/4) cup cider vinegar
(1/4) cup honey or maple syrup
(2) tbsp soy sauce, more to taste
(1/2) cup water
(1/4) cup fresh cilantro

The Noodles & Vegetables:

(1) handful around of your favorite soba noodles (my favorite is kamut)
(1-2) chopped scallions
(1) handful thinly shredded green cabbage or raw brussels sprouts
Cilantro leaves & roasted sesame seeds for the top
To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients except the water into a blender. Blend on high – add the water as the blender is on to help get the sauce to a smooth & even consistency. Transfer the sauce to a clean jar. Note this recipe makes enough to keep the sauce on hand for meals through the week.

Cook noodles according to package directions, using a about a generous quarter’s circumference per serving. When cooked, drain the noodles and allow to cool a little for about a minute.

Mix with about (1/4) cup of sauce onto the hot noodles and mix together with a fork. To serve, transfer the noodles to a clean bowl and top with shredded cabbage, chopped scallions, cilantro leaves & sesame seeds – with or without a little extra sauce or soy sauce on the side.

Make this ahead and store it in the fridge, it makes for fantastic re-heated lunches! Leftovers can easily be heated in a wok with an added splash of water or soy sauce to soften up the noodles from the fridge. I enjoyed this topped with cubes of tempeh, but you could add plain or cooked tofu as well, and for those of you who like it, I could easily see chicken on this too.

This sauce is also wonderful in salad rolls, and I’ll be posting a new salad roll recipe too, using this easy-to-make recipe from ingredients most of us usually have on hand.

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33 responses to “Peanut Sauce Noodle Bowl

  1. Beautiful as always! Love noodles with peanut sauce and crunchy vegs. Heck, peanut anything. I have to laugh at myself a little bit here. We don’t have kids but my partner and I always “complain” about how much time our dog takes up. Long walks three times a day, frisbee-throwing, ball-throwing, cuddles. And of course we wouldn’t now have it any other way. Life without our little Ikey would be lonesome indeed.

    1. So true whether it is kids or dogs Annie – honestly I sometimes think dogs are even more work in so many ways! But they do give back so much!

  2. I don’t think I could ever get enough peanut sauce! This is a lovely recipe and I must say a lovely and beautifully honest post. As a working Mom of two I completely understand those time restraints, and like you, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂 What a wonderful Mom you are!

    1. Thanks Karista! Us working moms know the pressures – it is tough at times but necessary. These times don’t last forever! XX

  3. Ohh sweet lord this looks delicious! ALL the flavor of an Asian restaurant dish without the extra sodium! I hate waking up the next day feeling swollen! I will be making this sometime this week!

  4. Shira, love your spankin’-clean new site! And a fresh peanut sauce on soba (with any kind of vegetable!) is a favorite around our house! Your photos tell the story so beautifully! Being a good parent isn’t easy, and there’s nothing on earth that compares with the number and breadth of the blessings in it! (as you so well know and appreciate!) Much happiness & success in your new digs! xx 🙂

  5. Shira.. wonderful new blog and look!! Congratulations on making the move to self-hosted.. you make it look so easy:) I was writing to Karista this evening, that it is so impressive when mothers of young children find the time to blog. This recipe is just everything I love in one bowl and I know my “much older” kids/young adults would love it. Mine are still at home and I still love to cook for them. xx

    1. Wonderful Barbara – one of the best parts of having them is feeding them well! Thanks for stopping by to see the new look, I am glad you like it!

  6. Beautiful Shira! So true – we have to be good to ourselves, nourish ourselves and when we do we are better parents, better spouses, better friends, better world citizens!
    Your noodle bowl look so amazing – such a wonderful meal to feed the soul 🙂

  7. A few months ago when I broke up with my boyfriend (who I lived with…still live with. ah, finances, lol) I think the hardest part was getting over not being able to cook for him or with him. It was such a wonderful act, though tiring at times. I think I’ve finally gotten used to cooking for myself and that’s where I enjoy being at this time in my life. But I hope in a few years I’ll be doing the “kitchen dance” with someone 🙂

  8. i just love this post Shira- you are so right! You can’t take care of others if you aren’t properly caring for yourself! I also loved your point about going home and feeding your family being exactly what you want to do. It’s so important not to compare ourselves and our lives to that of others, something i struggle with a lot. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t going out for drinks with them, as long as you are doing something you love, who cares?? What’s good for someone else, doesn’t mean it’s good for you 🙂

    Lovely recipe as well 🙂

  9. Yum! I love a good peanut sauce! I find that they taste best with an acid, which a lot of people seem to leave out. They get a bit too sweet if they don’t have that element, so I’m happy to see your inclusion of ACV. I’m definitely pinning this! 🙂

  10. I add ginger, garlic, lime and chili flakes to my peanut sauce 🙂 I love how easy it is to throw this dish together in a pinch. I usually add julliened carrotos, red bell peppers and scallions, but I’m loving the cabbage and sesame seeds! Your new blog is incredible Shira! xx

  11. Reminds me of what my mother used to make… it was called “cool noodles” in Chinese. Sadly I cannot have peanuts anymore, but I’ve made similar one using almond butter. My mom puts in julienned cucumber and carrots. I love your idea of putting sesame seeds and cabbage in it!

    1. I love almond butter versions too Ming! I’ve posted on before for making salad rolls with from Natalia Roses cookbook – SO good! XX

  12. This is the first recipe I have made from your site and I loved it! Peanut sauce is awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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