Sunday, March 1, 2009
I have to make a conscious effort not to eat peanut butter at every meal. I love it - Ants on a Log, "Melties" - bring it. I think it has something to do with my attraction to salt (I'd choose french fries over a brownie any day, although, as it is the season, I can't pass up a Do-Si-Dos or Tagalong) and peanut butter is salty, creamy, and crunchy (well the kind I like is).
I think it runs in the family - my Dad is known for making wacky snacks out of peanut butter (the most famous, prunes topped with dollups of peanut butter...not sure about that one.) Finn loves peanut butter too (when I picked him up at the pound when he was 8 weeks old, the director told me "This puppy loves to lick peanut butter off of your finger as a treat when he sits or pees outside." Good taste for a homeless dog).
And, everyone knows the highlight of most Thai food is the peanut sauce you get on the side - these noodles have that same flavor. Tasty, easy to make, healthy, and inexpensive. Winner.
1 package Soba Noodles
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 red pepper, sliced into long strips
4" of English cucumber, sliced thin
2"x2" cube of baked savory tofu, cubed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup crunchy natural peanut butter (natural peanut butter with just peanuts & salt, no oil, no sugar - the grind your own at Whole Foods & Trader Joes is extra fun)
3 tablespoons soy sauce or Tamari (G-F)
2 teaspoons fish sauce (sounds gross but it really adds to the flavor, sister Anna can leave out)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
Good pinch red pepper flakes
Water to thin it out (if needed)
Boil a big pot of salted water and cook the soba noodles per package. While that's going on, heat a large skillet and add in olive oil, saute garlic for a couple minutes. Add in red pepper and tofu cubes - saute for just a couple minutes so the pepper gets soft and the tofu brown.
Make the sauce - mix all the ingridents together and taste. Depending on the peanut butter you're using you may need to add more of things (or water to thin it out). Just taste it and see.
When the noodles are done, drain, and toss everything together!