If you're looking for a hearty, filling vegetarian or Meatless-Monday dish, look no further than these delicious Thai Peanut Noodles. It's so rare that I have a meal that isn't centered around meat, but it's nice to whip up a vegetarian dinner here and there.
These noodles so satisfying and full of complex flavors. I just love the sweet peanut-y goodness combined with soy sauce and Sriracha for a little savoriness and warm heat.
The cabbage mixture adds a bit of lightness to the dish, but if you want to make it even lighter, add more cabbage, or even replace half the noodles with Zoodles. For a non-vegetarian option, top with shrimp or chicken.
Ingredients (serves 2 as a main, 4 as a side):
* 8 oz. flat rice noodles
* 2 tbsp. canola oil
* 1/2 bag cole slaw mix (not the type that includes dressing, just the bag of shredded cabbage and carrot mixture)
* 2 green onions, white and light green parts, chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 3 tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar
* 2 tbsp. brown sugar, packed (dark or light)
* 4 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
* 2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
* 1 tbsp. sriracha
* juice of 1/2 a lime
Prepare the rice noodles according to the package directions (rice noodles are typically soaked in hot water, rather than boiled).
Meanwhile, prepare the sauce mixture by whisking together rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, peanut butter, and sriracha. Set aside.
Add oil to a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add cabbage and sauté 3-4 minutes, or until soft. Add garlic and green onions to the pan and cook until fragrant (30 seconds or so). Remove vegetables from the pan and set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the sauce mixture. Add the rice noodles and stir until the noodles are completely coated. If the sauce is too thick, add a few tablespoons of water at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Return cabbage mixture to the pan and stir well to combine. Squeeze lime over the noodles and serve. Garnish with sriracha, lime wedges, or chopped peanuts, if desired. Enjoy!