At the end of my pregnancy, I probably ate my weight in peanut sauce. We don’t need to talk about how much that actually was, but needless to say, it was a lot. That paired with fresh spring rolls, I was fat and happy.
Since we moved we’ve been craving our spring rolls and peanut sauce, so I decided I’d give the sauce a shot. I’m pretty sure there was a good amount of brown sugar in theirs, so I decided to reduce the added sugar and sweeten it with honey or agave. I also spiced it up with red pepper flakes, which I find gives it a nice balance of salty, sweet and a little spice.
Instead of the work of spring rolls, I poured this over a bowl of rice noodles. This is my go to when I’ve got an upset stomach. Warm peanut sauce over rice noodles, which are lighter than other pastas and sprinkles of chopped peanuts. It just screams comfort, but a light comfort compared to an order at a restaurant.
note: if you’re ordering peanut sauce, ASK if it’s gluten-free. Most are made with soy sauce, which is not gluten-free.
Well well, look who decided to make a guest appearance… mr. mace man. He makes the best faces, ever. I just had to share.
Light Peanut Sauce with Rice Noodles, Gluten-free
serves about 5-6
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup Arrowhead Mills smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 1/4 teaspoon gluten-free soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon honey or agave
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more for topping
- 1 package of Rice Noodles – I used these Pad Thai Noodles
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
In a food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse until well combined. Add more water if its too thick for your liking. Or if you like a thicker sauce, use less water.
Cook rice noodles according to package.
note: rice noodles can be sticky. I find if I don’t crowd them in a pot, add a lot of salt and some oil, it helps.
Toss the noodles with peanut sauce. Add as much or not as much peanut sauce as you like. Top with roasted peanuts and red pepper flakes for a little more spice.
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March 26 2013