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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?

i make this with almond butter also...
yummy

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I made this tonight.. Everyone but my daughter loved it. I steamed the veggies so they would be softer for my daughter, and I topped mine with lemon, mung beans, and hot peppers. I will make this again and again.  :)>>>

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This is really good and easy. I made the sauce in the blender. I added chopped baby carrots, some sliced green onion, chopped snow peas, chopped red bell pepper and thawed frozen peas. I think it would also be really good with some marinated baked tofu (diced). Perfect lunch food since it's great chilled. Definitely will become a regular!

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Wow, I love these peanut noodles. Perfect for hot days, it's quick, not heavy or greasy and yummy. Thanks for the great recipe! :)

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Oh. My. God. This is seriously good. Dinner was ready in 5min!

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I have been making this for years and it continues to be fabulous as a light meal, side, or entree (with some bolstering).  Thank you so much for this recipe!

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Not only did my 1 1/2 year old son love this but my husband loved it!! I did throw in some peas. I made it as a side dish for veggie sushi! I will definetly make it again!

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My 7 year-old son, wife and I loved it.  My 4 year-old daughter had one noodle and proclaimed it to be too spicy.  Her real problem is usually that she wants dessert and can't be bothered with real food.

I will make it again and recommend it!

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:)

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I personally loved this dish! My kids didn't particularly care for it but they are pretty picky eaters. A good enough reason to send 'em off to grandma's lol.

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