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.
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.
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)
- Red wine vinegar
- Rice wine vinegar
- Coconut palm sugar
- Gluten free soy sauce
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
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!
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!
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Have a wonderful day!