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Two peanut sauces and wiaw

Posted Jun 06 2012 7:30am

Hello friends! If you haven’t read “Running on Empty” and would like to win a copy, check out my giveaway here ! Did you know it’s National Running day today? Get out for a run if you can!

Running/Spinning

Over one week in, and the running streak is going well.  It’s pushing my 30 mile weeks to 33, which is a reasonable 10% increase, and my legs have been handling it so far.  I also mentioned last week that I had to tape myself teaching spin over the weekend to submit for a final review on my certification.  I’m happy to say it’s done and in the mail…here’s hoping it’s good enough!

Food

Switching gears, it’s time for another What I ate Wednesday with Peas and Crayons:

Yesterday was an extra snack-y day for me…ironically, I realized at the end of the day that snacking was the WIAW theme for June.  It was mostly “sensible.”  Here’s a peak:

[Breakfast: Yogurt, granola bar crumbs from failed bars, and banana; Lunch: Leftover black beans with feta, carrots and hummus; Dinner: Gado gado (veggies and egg with peanut sauce) over quinoa; Snacks: a few of L's roll-ups; dried fig; watermelon; and an unpictured granola bar; Dessert: Gooey garbanzo brownies ]

After sharing my peanut-lime noodle lunch a few weeks ago, I had several requests for a recipe.  So I’m answering with two of our go-to peanut sauce dinner recipes. As it heats up, these are great options for tasty, healthy vegetarian meals that don’t use the oven!

Peanut Lime Noodles

  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. salsa, medium or hot
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • dash salt
  • 8 oz. soba, buckwheat noodles or angel hair pasta
  • diced cucumber, steamed broccoli, marinated tofu chunks, shredded carrot, steamed kale, etc.

For the peanut sauce, combine equal parts peanut butter and salsa.  Stir in lime juice, cumin and salt.  Cook the noodles according to package directions, and drain well.  Coat the noodles with the peanut dressing, then add tofu and veggies of your choice.

The peanut butter-salsa combination may sound odd, but it’s one of the easiest ways to make a peanut-lime sauce- and it’s really yummy!

The second recipe is a version of Indonesian Gado Gado, a vegetable salad covered with a peanut sauce .  You can add sliced hard-boiled eggs or grilled tofu for extra protein.  We like to eat ours over brown rice or quinoa.

Simple Gado Gado   (Print recipe)

  • 1/2-1 c. vegetable broth or hot water
  • 1/3 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5-6 c. total : steamed broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots or green beans
  • 4-6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • grilled tofu, optional
  • steamed brown rice

Combine the first 7 ingredients (peanut butter through salt) to make the peanut sauce.  Add enough broth or water to reach your desired consistency. Steam or prepare the vegetables of your choice, and boil eggs for 10 minutes.  Serve veggies over rice, top with sliced eggs and tofu, and pour peanut sauce over everything. Enjoy!

I made some changes to the recipe page: under the recipe tab, I added a “search recipe” option where you can bring up the recipe without viewing the entire accompanying post.

Okay, it’s time to figure out dinner… what are you having tonight? Are you planning to get a run in today?

 

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