I missed cooking. Working part-time at the dinnertime hour has taken time away from the kitchen lately. Now that my work is ending (tonight is my last night!), I am cooking a bit more.
I expect this to continue as we’re going through a belt-tightening-super-strict month. I’ll be cooking every meal, and we’ll be making more from scratch.
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I also blame the kitchen which was remodeled very poorly and is literally falling apart. I’ve lost 4 drawers to date, and several doors are on their last legs. I know that sounds lame, but the kitchen is laid out very poorly, poorly lit, and well, ugly. But, I digress.
Last night we had very little food in the house and it was not grocery shopping time yet, so I had to improvise. I made rice noodles at the eldest daughter’s request, and then opted to cook green beans (which everyone eats-hallelujah!), and chicken which was in the freezer already cooked (just needed warming up). 3 things, and enough for everyone to have something they liked, and at least 2 things on their plate.
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I decided on the spur of the moment to make a peanut sauce for me since I love peanut sauce, and I had some peanut butter and soyaki to use up. I added Trader Joe’s sweet chili sauce for spice and a bit of sweet, and the cooked green beans for a veggie. It was divine and so simple!
When reheating (as in the above picture) I added some chopped peanuts which toasted while I warmed it up. We use a toaster oven to heat things up (no more microwave!), which takes a bit longer but everything comes out warmer and in this case it worked beautifully to toast the nuts.
I admit I had this for dinner last night, breakfast this morning, and I’m eating it for dinner now. I have a tendency to do that, whether we’re talking about cake, rice noodles, or squash soup.
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You may also notice this has several of the same ingredients as my chicken chili soup. The leftover sauces I used for that recipe have been sitting waiting for me to make something with them. I thought it was time to use them up. 🙂
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Peanut Rice Noodles Recipe
- 1 package rice noodles (follow directions to cook)
- 1/2 c. peanut butter (no fillers, just peanuts and salt)
- approx. 1/2 c. (I emptied the bottle) of Trader Joe’s Soyaki or your fav soy sauce and some sesame seeds
- 1/4 c. Trader Joe’s sweet chili sauce
- cooked green beans
- chopped peanuts
Top warm, cooked noodles with green beans and sauce, add peanuts to top and enjoy!