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Going Nuts in March

Celebrate National Peanut Month with a free recipe for Thai-Flavored Peanut Rice Noodles.

By Colleen Walsh Fong

Do you love peanuts? I do! Whether cracking them open in the baseball stands or sneaking an occasional Butterfinger candy bar, peanuts feel like the All-American snack to me. But I also love to use them in savory dishes and have published dinner recipes that call for peanuts in Easy Weekly Meals touchscreen cookbooks. They go especially well in Asian-influenced meals.

March is National Peanut Month and in its honor I plan to cook lots of meals with peanuts. I’m hoping my local frozen yogurt shop will bring back its peanut butter flavor for the month! Here’s an old recipe I created to get some nutritious food into my most finicky eater. It’s Thai-inspired and I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t eat it all and ask for more. When serving adults, I kick up the heat with a couple of diced Thai chilies and double the cayenne pepper. This 15-minute meal serves 4. Use the Easy Weekly Meals Measurement Converter to alter ingredient amounts for more or fewer people.

Cooking Thai-Flavored Peanut Rice Noodles is a great way to use left over proteins. It can also stand alone on Meatless Fridays. As an added bonus, this dish is gluten free, and leftovers reheat well.

Thai-Flavored Peanut Rice Noodles

Ingredients 

  • 16 oz Brown Rice Spaghetti Noodles
  • 1 C Creamy Peanut Butter (fresh ground if possible)
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 3/4 C Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 C Tamari Sauce
  • 1/2 C Cilantro Leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • 1 C Cooked Chicken, Pork, or Shrimp, shredded or chopped
  • 2 Scallions, chopped
  • 1 C Carrots, julienned
  • 1 C Roasted and Unsalted Peanuts, coarsely chopped

Procedure 

  • Prepare all ingredients while bringing 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. 
  • Break noodles in half and drop into water.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together peanut butter, lime juice, cayenne pepper, chicken broth, tamari, cilantro leaves and salt until well blended.
  • Coat large skillet with olive oil spray and place pan over medium-low heat.
  • Add puree and warm it through while stirring.
  • If using meat, add it now along with scallions and carrots. 
  • When noodles have cooked to al dente, drain and fold them into peanut sauce in pan. Coat them well.
  • Place noodles into a serving dish, sprinkle chopped peanuts over top and serve hot as a complete meal.

What’s your favorite way to eat peanuts? Leave a comment and let us know.

Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Quentin March 09, 2013 at 01:56 PM
OMG peanuts are you kidding me? My kids are allergic but I will celebrate secretly LOL.
Lemonjello March 09, 2013 at 02:27 PM
So often we can't even mention the word peanut let alone celebrate them. So many people are allergic, it is off the hook crazy! My biggest fear is not being with my epi pen.
Colleen Walsh Fong March 09, 2013 at 02:52 PM
So sorry for all who have peanut allergies! Of course this one is not for you. Watch for friendlier recipes soon. Some people are able to supplement with freshly ground almond butter, but must ensure that peanuts are not also processed on the same machinery.

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