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Kids Choice Yummy Peanut Noodles

What you need: 

8 ounces soba or udon noodles
1/4 cup warm water
4 tablespoons smooth, natural-style peanut butter
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons natural sugar
pinch cayenne, optional
vegetables, to serve
(I like mung bean sprouts, cucumbers, red bell pepper, snow peas, carrots, broccoli florets, green peas, and scallions)

What you do: 

1. In a pot of boiling water, cook the noodles according to package directions until tender. Drain them, and rinse with cold water.
2. For sauce, whisk or blend together the warm water, peanut butter, soy sauce/tamari, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, vinegar, sugar, and cayenne, if using.
3. Prepare any vegetables you plan on using. Transfer the noodles to a serving bowl, and toss them with the sauce. It's best to toss the noodles with the peanut sauce right before serving, so the sauce doesn't get absorbed by the noodles.
4. Stir in the vegetables or serve the veggies on the side. Serve at room temperature or cold.
If I put this meal in my children's lunchboxes, I usually put the sauce in a separate, small container so they can mix it with the noodles at lunchtime. ou can vary the amount of water depending on how thick you want the sauce. Use whatever vegetables appeal most to you.
Source of recipe: My kids are crazy about the peanut noodles on the buffet at our local natural food store. I've tried many different peanut noodle recipes, each of which caused them to turn up their nose. Finally I came up with this recipe, which they both eat enthusiastically! (I think the fresh ginger is key.)

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
Servings: 
6

SO HOW'D IT GO?

YUMMY!  It had a bit too much of a viniger taste to it for my liking, so I added more pb and sugar (but that's just me).  Next time I will just put a little less viniger.

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My 20 month old adored this and so did I.  So quick and yummy.  :)>>>

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I used sunbutter, dried garlic, and ground ginger -- the result was FABULOUS! This sauce over rice noodles and mixed with peas is yummy. My 4 year old wasn't too fond of the bite from the cayenne, but whatever....more for me!

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I combined this recipe with the normal peanut butter noodle recipe I make..so I used less sesame oil than I normally do, added rice vinegar instead of balsamic, cayenne instead of chili sauce, garlic, and I also added a little cilantro, 2 green onions, and lots of carrots!  ;)b

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I have made these twice now and they are very tastey.  The first time I made thise, I will admit that I had a bit of a dyslexic moment.  I didn't quite realize that you weren't supposed to prepare the sauce over the flame.  But, it was awesome, just a little more brown than tan in color, and it helped to reduce the liquidy-ness of the sauce and intensify the flavor of the peanuts.  It was very good, my mom and i ate the whole pot!!

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This is very tasty indeed. I used almond butter because I prefer it and have no PB in the house. Quick, easy and delicious! I served it with frozen green beans that sat in hot water for a few minutes to thaw them. Next time I'll steam some broccoli and cauliflower to put on top.

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Just as an update, I've made this twice now and had to beat my omni family off with a stick so I would have some for lunch the next day! SO AWESOME.

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These were awesome.  I love cold food....I took them to school the next day for lunch and everyone was jealous.

I threw in peas, red cabbage and carrots.  delish!

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This sauce was amazing...the fresh ginger and garlic really does give it just the right kick. I would serve this with rice noodles next time definitely. I used buckwheat noodles (not sure if they were true soba noodles or not) and it was a little too stick.

Also note, I used peanut oil instead of dark sesame oil. I know the sesame oil gives great flavor, but my sauce still came out tasting great. Good sub if you don't have asian markets close by.

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This recipe was awesome.  Quick and easy- which is a plus on busy nights : )  I sprinkled it with crushed red pepper flakes and chopped peanuts and served it with spring rolls.  Everyone loved it.

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