There are some recipes that are a staple in your house for so long, you eat it regularly and then something happens and you seem to lose it. This is what happened with this recipe. Years ago my kids and I would eat this sauce with noodles and chicken and we all loved it. It was such an easy dish, ready in minutes, it was a quick dinner many a night. If I remember correctly it wasn’t actually the sauce that was discarded but more the noodles. I used to buy packaged noodles that were delicious and they went perfectly with this sauce, the noodles were one of the few things I didn’t make from scratch, but once I took a nice close look at the ingredients and calorie count…. after enjoying them shamelessly many a evening… this dish was removed from the menu; the noodles were a killer! At the time we were so addicted I just couldn’t think of any other way to eat this sauce.
Admittedly these noodles aren’t much healthier than the ones I used to eat with this and I have to say that I won’t be eating these every second night or even weekly like we used to long ago. But for a treat, when you’ve spent the whole day, from morning to dinner time, weeding and moving plants and hauling soil like I have for most of the summer, this dish hits the spot! I call it carb loading after many hours of physical labour.
Spicy Peanut Sauce (comes from Bonnie Stern’s Simply HeartSmart Cooking)
- 3 tablespoons Peanut Butter
- 1 tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
- 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice or Rice Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
- 1 teaspoon Hot Chili Paste
- 1/4 cup Warm Water
Mix all ingredients well in a microwavable bowl and microwave on high for about a minute. Stir and then microwave for another 30 seconds to a minute until hot and thick. SO SIMPLE! If you fine the sauce a bit thick you can always add a little more water to thin it out. I love it’s thickness because it sticks very well to any kind of noodle.
Add this to your favourite noodles and meat and you have the easiest dish around. I often add the recipe amount of chili paste and then add more for my dish…. you can make it as hot as you like…. the amount in the recipe is very tame, so tame in fact that most folks won’t realize you added any.
I served this with prepackaged undon noodles and shrimp that I boiled in salted water but you can certainly use whatever noodles you like and add a different kind of meat should you not like shrimp.