I can’t go a week without eating some kind of noodle dish, like these warm peanut noodles with cool confetti veggies! And while I generally just whip up a no-recipe-required bowl of noodles with whatever ingredients I have on hand, this is one of my favorite Thai-inspired versions. I made sure to write down exact measurements of what I generally do, so I can now share. This recipe is soy-free, gluten-free (depending on your noodle pick), and 100% plant-based. Most importantly, these warm peanut noodles with cool confetti veggies are 100% yummy!
There’s no need to order take-out when you can cook up this flavor-packed kung pao tempeh stir-fry at home! You’ll love all of the hearty textures in the stir-fry thanks to bell peppers, bok choy, tempeh, scallions, and peanuts. And if you’re a fan of ginger or garlic or both, you’ll enjoy plenty of that here, too. Whisk the kung pao stir-fry sauce (or, just call it “awesome sauce!”) in advance to get it to the table fast.
Sorry peanuts! I turned your Asian-style peanut noodles into pistachio butter noodles. But, my tastebuds are not sorry at all! The pistachio flavor worked beautifully in this udon noodle dish. You’ll find a couple other special twists here, too. The jasmine green tea creates a surprisingly fragrant note to the sauce. And the no-sugar-added fruit spread provides just the right amount of sweet balance to the saltiness of the tamari.
Whenever there’s a way to prevent food waste, count me in! In fact, I find it to be a culinary adventure. You never know what you might be able to create from leftover food scraps!
I played a little party game when creating this recipe. Fun, fun! This month’s Recipe Redux theme was “Grab a Book and Cook”—and the goal was to makeover a recipe found on any combination of page “2017.” So, I grabbed my nearest cookbook, which was the 2005 edition of Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries, and turned to page 102. There I found the instructions for Stir-Fried Mushrooms, Spring Leaves and Lemon Grass. That provided loose inspiration for this “tasteovers by jackie” recipe. I transformed the concept of a spring stir-fried veggie dish into a seasonally-versatile stir-fried vegan entrée. You’ll find an Indonesian flavor twist as well as the addition of tempeh for a plant-based protein boost. I used to love...