food thursday: peanut noodle salad

It’s Lent. The time of year that is often called our spiritual spring cleaning. A time of prayer, a time of sacrifice, a time of reflection and a time for meatless cooking. We don’t give up meat for all of Lent but we do abstain on Fridays and all of Holy Week. Combine that with my personal challenge to not cook the same thing in the same month and you’ll get lots of new veggie recipes! Here’s one that’s good because you can make it earlier in the day, put it in the fridge and serve it chilled.

Peanut Noodle Salad
1 box soba noodles (or whole wheat fettucini)
1 carrot, peeled & shredded
3 green onions, sliced into matchsticks
2 heads of broccoil, chopped into small pieces
1 can of baby corn cobs
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
4TB rice vinegar
4TB lime juice
2TB low sodium soy sauce
3TB hot chile sauce (or sweet chile sauce or no chile sauce if you just don’t like any heat)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Add veggies for last 3 minutes.

2. While those are bubbling away, make the sauce: in a large bowl, combine peanut butter, hoisin, lime juice, soy sauce, chile sauce and red pepper – stir with a whisk to mix well. Add drained noodles & veggies and toss to coat.

3. Serve immediately or chill for the day and serve cold. It’s also fun to toss a handful of peanuts on top when serving.

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