A Spoonful of PB Helps the Noodles Go Down

What to do with this chicken from the other day? Hmmm… Chubby Hubby to the rescue!

We were watching TV and someone was eating some Asian noodles.

CH: “I could SO eat some noodles…”

Me: “Me too. We might could make some black bean noodles and peanut sauce.”

CH: “You know how to do that?”

Me: “I think so…”

CH: “Then why aren’t you doing it?” (He was kidding guys, I think he’s funny. Calm down.)

I start by putting the noodles on.

noodles

I got these at Costco and was thrilled to see how much protein they have! As a member of the “Tiny Tummy Club” (15 months post-op for Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. That’s another post though.) protein is super important and empty calories are no bueno. Every once in a while you want a treat though, so these are a great choice even if they are a bit high in the calorie department.

nutrition facts

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Obviously, rice noodles are customary with a peanut sauce. I’m also sure that regular noodles would taste good too. the thing I do like about these noodles is that they’re a bit more firm than regular noodles, reminding me more of Soba noodles than plain flour noodles, which worked perfectly for this recipe.

It was then a matter of making the sauce. I looked quickly online and saw that the basic ingredients for peanut sauce are peanut butter, chopped peanuts, Sriracha sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Many of the recipes also used coconut milk, but since I didn’t have any I left it out. I honestly just kind of combined the ingredients and taste tested until I liked it and it passed the Chubby Hubby test.

Roughly, here are the amounts:

-2 Tbsp of creamy peanut butter

-1 1/2 Tsp low-sodium soy sauce

-1/2 Tbsp minced ginger

-2 1/2 Tbsp of sesame oil

-1 Tsp sesame seeds

-Sriracha to taste (we used about 1 1/2 Tbsp)

-1 Tbsp chopped dry-roasted peanuts (for garnish)

-1 to 1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken

Noodles and PB sauceI heated all of the sauce ingredients in a pot, tasting regularly, until warm and combined, and then added the chicken to warm up. I did notice that the sauce was a lot darker in color than I thought it would be, but it tasted good. I was actually really pleased with the taste, especially considering I was kind of making it up as I went along (don’t you love it when that happens!). Also, as much as I like these noodles the appearance is not very appetizing. This is really one of those recipes that tastes a lot better than it looks, and both Chubby Hubby and I ate a good bit of it (leftovers are being set aside for lunch tomorrow), and agreed we would make it again soon.

I hope this inspires you to try new things using the things you have on hand in new and creative ways! Let me know if you give this a try and if you like it!

Happy Eatings! 🙂

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