Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Peanut Satay Noodles.

Quick post! It's currently 11:20pm where I live, but I felt the need to share this peanut satay sauce recipe. Lately I have been tinkering around in the kitchen in preparation for my 18th, and I find that when I'm cooking (or uncooking, since all I'm really doing is chopping, blending and food processing), I don't tend to feel hungry. Today was different though, and I felt like I needed a big bowl of yummy food, pronto. Hence this quick and easy peanut sauce that goes with practically anything... Except maybe not dessert.

I do apologise for the lack of good photos though; I was too hungry to be patient with my  photography! Haha. Anyway, the sauce can be heated on a saucepan if you aren't after a raw sauce, but it tastes just as good either way. I've used it for (cooked) pumpkin kumara balls, raw zucchini noodles, vegetable crudites, and veggie wraps so far.

For the noodles themselves I used zucchini with the skin on, but some other alternatives are carrot, yam, or coconut(yum!) I also used a combination of cut up tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, as well as nuts and seeds, to add variation to the texture. 

Peanut Satay Noodles 
Serves 1.

2 small zucchini, cut into noodles
1 large tomato
4 cherry tomatoes
Handful of each of the following: sesame seed, pumpkin seed, cashews

Peanut Satay Sauce:

1/2 sliced onion
1/2T crushed chilli
1T crushed ginger
1t cumin
1/2t turmeric
1/2t ground coriander seeds
1/2C peanut butter, preferably raw
1C hot water
5 Medjool dates
Pinch of salt

Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender to make the delicious sauce. Add more chilli if you would prefer; I know I certainly do! Add more water too if you'd like a thinner sauce, or more peanut butter if you'd like a thicker sauce. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.There will certainly be extra sauce, and this will keep in the fridge for up to a week. 

To arrange the noodles, mix all the vegetables, nuts and seeds and drizzle with as much satay sauce as you think is necessary. Top with some fresh sprouts or some cashews to provide extra crunch. Yum!

P.S. Okay, so that wasn't quite so quick. Oops.

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