Sunday, June 23, 2013

Easy & Amazing Thai Peanut Sauce, for One or Many

Spiralized zucchini noodles with raw Thai Peanut Sauce, on a spinach bed.
Here is a very simple recipe that takes the fuss out of Thai peanut sauce. Enjoy in traditional fashion over noodles of your choice for a satisfying, quick and healthy vegan dinner (spiralized raw zucchini noodles, cooked kelp noodles, and 100% buckwheat or millet soba noodles are my top noodle picks). Thai peanut noodles make a first-rate potluck dish, too—just increase quantities below. For a raw peanut sauce, replace peanut butter with raw almond butter, and use nama shoyu or coconut aminos instead of tamari.

Serve peanut noodles over a bed of raw spinach (as pictured here) or with a side of steamed broccoli or garlic green beans to complete the meal. A simple salad of grated carrots, chopped tomatoes and fresh parsley makes a delightful companion dish as well.

Beyond noodles, versatile Thai peanut sauce is delicious with grilled tempeh, on brown rice, or as a dip for baked sweet potato wedges, carrots and even celery sticks. Try it!

Easy & Amazing Thai Peanut Sauce

Amounts given below serve one or two, depending on appetite. Save any leftover sauce in the fridge and consume within one week.

Sauce Ingredients
3 Tbs organic peanut butter (or raw almond butter)
1.5 Tbs tamari, nama shoyu or coconut aminos
Juice of one lime or lemon (2 to 3 Tbs juice)
1 Tbs raw honey or agave, or 6 drops liquid stevia
1 small clove garlic, minced or finely grated
1 or 2 tsp minced or finely grated ginger root
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
up to ¼ cup water, or as needed, for consistency

Garnishes (use any or all)
Chopped cilantro, chives or scallions, minced chili pepper, chopped peanuts, lime wedges.

Directions: Using a fork, briskly beat together all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl, adding the water slowly at the end until desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust seasonings for salty, sweet, hot and sour. Pour over noodles, top with garnishes and dig in.

(I told you it was easy. Amazing, right?) ♥

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