Noodles for New Parents

Cooking when you’ve just had a baby sometimes feels like the very last thing you want to think about. And here I am, with a 7-month-old baby, and still struggling to get dinner on the table most nights! So Phil and I stick with the dinners we feel comfortable making, week in and week out. Eventually there will be room for creativity in the kitchen once again. But for right now, we’ve found what works for us. It’s funny, but the idea of dishes you make over and over again, recipes you know by heart, is something I always envisioned I’d do when I became a Mom. It might be a far cry from the way I cooked before, but hey – most things change when you have a kid!

Peanut Sesame Noodles 1

One such dinner we’ve got memorized is a delicious Peanut Sesame Noodle Salad that is slightly adapted from Mollie Katzen’s Enchanted Broccoli Forest. We have probably made this for dinner once a week for the past 4 months. It’s that good. And that EASY.

peanut sesame noodles

And its ease is precisely why it’s the perfect dinner for new parents. It only requires a few ingredients, takes about 15-20 minutes to make, and gives you plenty for dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day (which we always enjoy).

The adaptations we made to Mollie’s original recipe:

  • Added grated ginger to the sauce
  • Used wide rice noodles rather than vermicelli-style
  • Added red bell pepper
  • Cooked tofu

Are there any go-to dinners you make every week?

Peanut Sesame Noodle Salad

by The Particular Kitchen

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Keywords: saute boil salad entree gluten-free vegan vegetarian wheat free

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 cup organic peanut butter (smooth or chunky, your choice)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp tamari or Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 14 oz extra firm tofu, cut into bitesize blocks
  • 1 lb wide rice noodles
  • 1 cucumber, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 6 scallions, finely sliced
  • 3/4 cup peanuts, roughly chopped
  • handful fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

Instructions

Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Make the sauce: combine the peanut butter, boiling water, vinegar, garlic, ginger, honey, tamari/braggs, crushed red pepper flakes and sesame oil in a small bowl. Whisk well and pour over the noodles.

Toss the cucumber, pepper, and scallions in with the noodles and sauce.

In a large frying pan, heat some coconut or sesame oil and cook the tofu for a few minutes until lightly browned.

Serve the noodles with a few cubes of tofu and a generous sprinkle of peanuts and cilantro.

Keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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One Comment on “Noodles for New Parents”

  1. endbookend says:

    That looks amazing. Thanks for posting – you’ve inspire me to start eating properly.


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