Healthy Peanut Sauce Noodles

This delicious and super easy recipe for healthy peanut sauce noodles is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and great for a quick lunch or dinner. 

Peanut sauce noodle stir fry with vegetables in a bowl

Easy Peasy Peanut Sauce Noodles

 

When it comes to weeknight meals my go-to these days is anything that fits the motto “quick, easy, stress-free, minimal preparation, and family friendly”. The less thought that has to go into our meals right now the better.

That doesn’t mean I don’t care about health-factor and quality, I definitely do. It just means that healthy meals can’t require a whole lot of fuss. Not at this taking-care-of-a-newborn-and-toddler stage in my life anyway! These healthy peanut sauce noodles fit the bill and taste amazing. Win-win. 

Bowl of peanut sauce noodles with vegetables and sesame seeds

How To Make Peanut Butter Sauce for Noodles 

 

What I love about this recipe is that it’s also really flexible. The main components are noodles and a delicious peanut sauce made with natural peanut butter, and then you can decide to add a protein like chicken, shrimp or tofu if you wish, vegetables of your choice, and any other add-ins you might enjoy. 

To make the sauce you need only a handful of ingredients and the star is natural, unsweetened peanut butter. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Natural peanut butter (with just peanuts, no added oils or sugars)
  • Lime
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Gluten free soy sauce
  • Water
  • Cornstarch 

Healthy peanut sauce stir fry noodles a pan with vegetables

The sauce is creamy, tangy, slightly sweet and perfectly salty, with a wonderful peanut flavour that goes great with your favourite noodles. To keep this dish on the healthier side I chose to use gluten free spaghetti noodles made only from brown rice but you can use asian-style brown rice noodles, white rice noodles, or any other noodle of your choosing. 

Add-Ins For Peanut Sauce Noodles

 

As mentioned before, you can get creative with this recipe and add in other ingredients that make this meal healthier or even more filling. Here are the add-ins I mixed with the peanut sauce noodles:

  • Red cabbage 
  • Broccoli florets
  • Red bell pepper
  • Green onion 
  • Sesame seeds 

Delicious and healthy bowl of peanut sauce noodles and vegetables

Other Add-In Options

 

If you want to change this meal up a little, here are other add-in options that would go great with these peanut sauce noodles:

  • Protein of your choice: shrimp, chicken, tofu, tempeh, etc. 
  • Crushed peanuts for extra crunch
  • Fresh copped cilantro
  • Crushed peppers or chili peppers for some heat
  • Sriracha sauce for more heat! 

Chopsticks picking up peanut sauce noodles from a bowl

This mouthwatering, seemingly-indulgent dish has incredible flavour and reminds me of a peanut noodle dish you might find at a trendy restaurant but with a healthier sauce, more veggies, and gluten free brown rice noodles. 

In just 15 minutes you can have supper on the table or yummy lunch leftovers. My daughter is a big carb-lover so I like to give her whole grain carbohydrates that she will still gobble up so brown rice noodles are a big staple in our kitchen! If you are the same (a carb lover or a toddler parent!) be sure to give these healthy peanut noodles a try! 

 

Are you a fan of peanut sauce? How do you enjoy this sauce in other meals? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!

 

Healthy peanut sauce stir fry noodles a pan with vegetables

Healthy Peanut Sauce Noodles

Yield: Makes 3-4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This delicious and super easy recipe for healthy peanut sauce noodles is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and great for a quick lunch or dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 4 cups cooked noodles of your choice (I used brown rice spaghetti noodles)
  • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper

Peanut Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (1 small lime)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

Garnishes

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the sauce ingredients (or blend in a small food processor) until totally smooth.
  2. Cook the noodles al-dente according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse noodles under cold water and set aside.
  3. Heat a large wok or pan over medium-high heat and add in the oil.
  4. Add in the cabbage, broccoli, and bell pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes until slightly tender.
  5. Give the peanut sauce one more stir and pour into the pan with the vegetables.
  6. Reduce heat to medium and stir for 1 minute or so until the sauce begins to thicken and bubble slightly.
  7. Add in the cooked noodles and mix in the pan so the sauce can coat the noodles and vegetables for 1-2 minutes and the noodles are heated through.
  8. Remove from heat and garnish with the sesame seeds and green onion.
  9. Divide peanut sauce noodles between 3-4 bowls and enjoy!

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More Noodle Recipes To Try:

Easy & Healthy Pad Thai Noodles

Healthy Cold Soba Noodle Salad

Healthy Thai Salad with Lemongrass Dressing

Zesty Orange Beef & Broccoli Power Bowls

 

Have a wonderful day!

Christal //NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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