Sunday, September 21, 2008

Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Well here's a time saver for all of us busy people out there. Rice Sticks. Yes, they sound a little odd. But they are really cool little thin noodles. They look somewhat like angel hair pasta, but they take no time to cook. Seriously. These noodles took 1 minutes to cook. It took longer to boil the water.

This recipe is so quick and so easy that it even fit (with blogging) into my nonexistent Sunday. Yes, I am only awake and at home for a total of about 4 hours on a Sunday. Throw out one hour for church and that leaves me enough time to wash the donut clothes, eat and take a shower. I have to say, I felt very much like Rachel Ray on speed. She may make healthy and delicious meals in 30 minutes, but I made mine in 15 minutes. OK, so I was mostly following a recipe, and she comes up with many many recipes to make in less than half an hour and so far I have one. Well, unless you count pasta, but the Brain has declared no more whole wheat pasta, and we could stand a break from it anyway.

Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce
serves 4

6.75 ounce package Mai Fun Rice Sticks
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 cup water
14 ounce can of bean sprouts
1 small red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch strips
2 green onions, sliced (2 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Heat 2 quarts water to boiling, pull noodles apart slightly and drop into boiling water. Cook uncovered 1 minute. Drain. Rinse with cold water and drain again.

Mix peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, and red pepper in small bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Gradually mix in water.

Place noodles in large bowl. Add peanut butter mixture, bean sprouts, pepper, and onions. Toss. Sprinkle with cilantro.


Lunch Buckets said...

I had no idea bean sprouts came in a can! How are they different from fresh?

CB said...

Omg. I am totally craving asian noodles right now. Yummy! I starred this to make ASAP. ::droooling::

Mary said...

lunch- that's so funny! I've never had them not out of a can, so I don't have an answer! La Choy is the brand I use.

CB- thanks, they're really filling and I'm kinda just hanging on until I can have some again for lunch!

Grace said...

mary, that sauce sounds amazing! and i'm automatically a fan of anything quick and easy. very nice. :)

Deborah said...

I have half a bag of rice noodles at home, and even though they aren't the really fast cooking ones like these, I've needed a way to use them up! Yum!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Well that does sound pretty handy! The dish sure sounds delicious, and being a quicky is a big added bonus

susan said...

mmmm. that looks soooo good. i could definately use some right now :)

Amanda said...

I love peanut butter noodles--you've got me craving them now! Perhaps I'll whip up a batch for lunch. I have my own recipe, though.

I've never had bean sprouts in a can, either. Are they soft or crunchy? Fresh ones are super crunchy.

Bellini Valli said...

I will have to keep my eyes oipen for rice sticks daughter would love this Thai-inspired dish:D

Cassie said...

This was yummy! Thank you.