Sesame peanut butter noodles are a spicy, nutritious and vegetarian meal. It’s a super quick and easy choice for a busy weeknight dinner!
Sesame Peanut Butter Noodles
- 4 oz rice noodles
- 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp ginger root, grated
- ¾ tsp sriracha, or to taste
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 2 tsp chopped peanuts
- 1 green onion, sliced
Cover rice noodles in hot water and allow to soak for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a small microwave bowl, mix peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, lime juice, garlic, sesame oil, ginger and sriracha. Heat in microwave until heated.
Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet or wok. Add rice noodles and saute for 4-5 minutes. Toss with peanut sauce.
Place in bowls and sprinkle with sesame seeds, chopped peanuts and green onion. Serve immediately.
Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For best results, store noodles and peanut sauce separately, combining just before serving.
Did you know? While many are worried about the fat and calories in peanut butter, it can be part of a healthy diet!
If you like this noodle dish, try my recipe for lemon poppy seed chicken noodles!
Quick and easy creamed spinach is a classic side dish is easy to put together and is a wonderful accompaniment to a roast or steak. Use leftovers to make this delicious Easy Eggs Florentine!
Quick and Easy Creamed Spinach
- 16 oz frozen spinach, thawed with liquid squeezed out
- ⅓ cup butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (3 tsp)
- 4 tbsp flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
Melt butter in a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until transparent (about 2-3 minutes), then add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Whisk in the flour and cook until thickened.
Pour in the milk, whisking constantly until the white sauce thickens (about 5 minutes). Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne. If the sauce is too thick, add another 1/4 cup of milk to the sauce, whisking it through until reaching your desired thickness.
Season the cream sauce with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne. Add spinach to the cream sauce, stirring gently until heated through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
Hack: Freeze leftovers in servings-sized portions for later use. Consider freezing a few ¼ cup servings for the recipe below.
Hack: Use leftovers to make this delicious Easy Eggs Florentine!
Did you know? Spinach is one the most nutrient-dense plant-based foods you can eat!
Sausage and butternut squash skillet is a hearty one-skillet recipe that’s low in carbs and calories. It comes together quickly for an easy weekday dinner and is great paired with easy vegetable rice!
Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet
- 8 oz Chinese sausage, casings removed
- 2 tsp ground sage
- 1 tsp crushed rosemary leaves
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 5 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes (8 cups)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced (2 tbsp)
- ½ cup chicken stock
- Parmesan cheese
In a large skillet, cook sausage and over medium-high until browned, while breaking into large pieces (about 6-7 minutes).
Add all remaining ingredients (except for cheese) and stir gently to combine. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 18-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until squash is tender. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Hack: Freeze leftovers in portion-sized freezer containers for quick "grab and go" meals.
Hack: Fresh peeled and cubed butternut squash can be purchased in the produce department of the grocery store. Frozen butternut squash can also be used (one 16 oz bag equals 4 cups).
Hack: Uncooked winter squash can be stored in a cool, dark environment (less than 50℉) for up to 2 months so stock up when it’s on sale! Cook, mash and freeze unseasoned winter squash for up to 12 months as a quick and easy addition to many recipes.
Did you know? Winter quash provides numerous health benefits that may help reduce the risk of many diseases!