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Thai Peanut Noodles

Updated: Apr 30, 2020



Are you aware that it's officially National Peanut Butter Lover's Day here in America?! We certainly have love affair with the stuff in our country, spending $1.85 billion a year. When I lived in England, the local brands I tried tasted flat, and I just stopped buying it. I suppose Brit's look at our obsession with peanut butter the way that I looked at their obsession with Marmite. We're not going to see eye to eye on this, so we need to just let this one go.


There are a lot of options out there for peanut butter, and you can find loads of recipes online to make your own. Peanuts and peanut butter (made from 100% peanuts) are an excellent source of manganese and niacin (vitamin B3), and a good source of folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin E, not to mention vegetarian source of protein. The only drawback on peanut butter is that it is very calorie dense, so try to avoid eating it by the spoonful. And, if you are trying to move the needle forward on healthy eating, stick with peanut butters without added sugar or artificial flavors. Used to eating sweetened versions? You'll probably want to start with a lower sugar version so that it doesn't taste too far from what you've been eating. Once you're used to the lower sugar version, consider moving on to no added sugar.


This recipe is a tasty and filling vegetarian meal that offers about 14 grams of protein per serving. You could increase the protein with some tofu, hard cooked eggs. If vegetarian doesn't appeal to your family, try cooked shrimp or chicken. If you have allergies or an intolerance to wheat, soba noodles are made from buckwheat. However, be sure to read the label for ingredients, as many soba noodles also contain wheat flour. You could also use rice noodles, but soba noodles pack a lot more nutrients. When I make this next time, I'm going to double the amount of carrot, use 2 red peppers, and the entire bag of frozen edamame. Here's the recipe, which I hope you enjoy as much as our family did:




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