We had Brad's family over for dinner this weekend to finish off the last of Carter's birthday celebration. I love having them over but, it gets a bit stressful for me when it comes to developing a menu. We have a few that don't eat red meat, several non-vegetable lovers, those that don't like spicy and kids that all hardly eat but, they all hardly eat different things. I came up with a menu this time that I feel had likable components for everyone. It was based on the cool fall weather and then out of no where an 80+ degree day and I was back to the drawing board. A mix of asian flavored beef and chicken kebabs were the basis and then a few simple sides. My sesame peanut noodles that I make are packed with fresh crispy and crunchy vegetable such as cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers and snap peas. I knew that would not go over well so, I found a more tame version that focused on noodles and peanut butter. This was a kid friendly dish and made a ton of left overs. The next day I browned some ground turkey meat in some teriyaki sauce and stir fried it with the noodles and some vegetables for another quick meal. I think that is what is great about this recipe. It is a good basic foundation that can be served as is or dressed up with additional ingredients to give it a new more complex twist.
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 1/2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoons hot chile paste
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 ounces spaghetti or udon noodles
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped peanut
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until tender according to package directions. Drain.
- Meanwhile, combine chicken broth, ginger, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, chili paste, and garlic in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until peanut butter melts and is heated through. Add noodles, and toss to coat. Garnish with green onions, peanuts and sesame seeds.
- Serve warm or room temperature.