Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cold Peanut Noodles with Snow Peas

Since I like to make my own peanut butter, I base this on my peanut butter recipe and then add additional ingredients for a more Asian-inspired sauce.  Make this salad for a picnic or an easy evening at home!  Can be served at room temperature or chilled.

5 cloves garlic
2” piece peeled gingerroot
¾ cup roasted unsalted peanuts
2 TBS peanut oil
1 TBS toasted sesame oil
5 TBS soy sauce
3 TBS rice vinegar
3 TBS honey
½ tsp sea salt

1 lb. noodles (such as spaghetti or soba)
1 TBS peanut oil
1 TBS olive oil
1 TBS toasted sesame oil
½ lb snow peas, cut into halves or thirds
large handful of fresh cilantro (about 1 cup), chopped

Chop peanuts in food processor until fine, then remove to small bowl.  Blend garlic cloves and ginger in food processor until chopped fine, then add peanuts and process a little more.  Add the rest of sauce ingredients and blend in food processor.  (Sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated).  Boil noodles until al dente.  Drain.  Toss noodles with 1 TBS peanut oil, 1 TBS olive oil, and 1 TBS toasted sesame oil.  Add sauce to taste and toss (you probably will not use all the sauce).  Add snow peas and chopped cilantro and toss some more.  Serve.

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