Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Day 23: Thai Peanut Sauce Noodles with Tofu

Our little Thai food restaurant closed recently and I have had to find ways to accommodate my need for it without driving 25 miles to the closest restaurant every time I say: "I want Pad Thai! I want curry noodles! I want peanut satay!"

Searching of food on Pinterest produces a sort of Pavlov effect. I find myself drooling at every scrumptious photo. Thai food is no exception. I can almost taste the lemongrass soup or the spicey fragrant basil (insert protein). So, this brings me to noodles with peanut sauce The photos were yummy however, when I clicked on the links I found the recipes to be complicated, loaded with ingredients that would require a special trip to an Asian specialty market (there is not one in this county).  I was ready to make "Spicey Peanut Noodles" (the photo was almost edible) but it required a minimum chilling time of 2 hours and then there was the whole "serve chilled" idea that turned me off.

After getting my appetite worked up for a peanut Thai dish I googled recipes and ended up making one from Everyday Food Magazine. Yes, Martha Stewart is fail safe! It was easy with simple ingredients and cook & serve.

Two things I changed: I used 1 carrot, 1/2 chopped broccoli, 1/2 cup julienned red bell pepper and 1/2 cup snow peas. I wanted it to be packed with veggies! I also cooked my tofu separately and added it when all the ingredients are mixed together. This is a family/kid friendly one pot meal. You could use any meat or even shrimp too! We like ours on the spicey side so, we added Siracha sauce!

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