As much as I love to be in the kitchen tinkering with ingredients, brainstorming weekly meal plans, trying out weird recipes, there are certainly days I don’t want to have anything to do with cooking! I’m serious! Then I remember what my husband often tells me “Even when you do something that you love doing, some days you just need to have that little break”. There are days when I just go absolutely crazy and can’t stop cooking/baking and photographing back to back and I hit that saturation point and felt knocked out. So, I definitely trying to find that balance between my family, me time, and what I love doing. Not an easy task, but I’m convinced now that it’s worth working on. So, here I am presenting you with another easy (I think it’s pretty easy) noodle recipe that you can whip up in very little time and not much pots and pans to wash. Noodle with sesame peanut dressing. It is what it is. But I find it satisfying and refreshing when served cold.
I used my all-purpose chili sauce in this recipe, which I didn’t make it spicy so my kids can eat it too. The chili sauce is a great base for this noodle. But feel free to use your favorite chili sauce.
Noodle with sesame peanut dressing (4 servings)
- 1 lb of pasta/noodles of your choice I used spaghetti
- 1 large red bell peppers/capsicum or any color, seeded and diced
- 1 cup of fresh bean sprouts
- 1/2 cup of roasted unsalted peanuts crushed
Other optional veggies:
- Shredded cucumber
- Shredded carrots
- Shredded zucchini
Sesame peanut dressing
Additional protein options you can toss/serve with the noodle:
- Pan-fried extra firm tofu
- Shredded chicken meat
- Pan-fried egg/ soft-boiled egg
- Fresh chopped scallions
- Fresh cilantro leaves
- Red chili flakes
Cook the noodle or pasta. Avoid overcooking. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients
Place the cooked pasta/noodle in a large serving platter. Add in the bell peppers, bean sprouts and pour in the dressing. Toss the noodles to make sure the sauce are coating the pasta/noodle. Have a taste and add more hoisin sauce and/or soy sauce to your taste. Sprinkle the crushed peanuts followed by the scallion and cilantro leaves if using. Sprinkle those red chili flakes on if you need extra heat. You are all set to go.
This noodle is best served at room temperature or cold. I love it cold, especially in a warm summer day, it's pretty refreshing. If you like it warm, don't rinse the pasta or noodle after cooking and toss with the sauce and need to be served immediately
Definitely a keeper for busy weeks that’s heading upon us when school starts.