Friday, April 11, 2014

Cooking with Kids: Pea Nutty Noodles

Happy Friday! It is Friday, right? Other moms who stay home can probably relate to the fact that all of the days run together. We have 3/4 of our kids in the sick house meaning this week has been short on sleep and long on kleenexes. I know where my sick kids have been because I can follow the trail of Kleenex, Hansel and Gretel style. It's loads of fun. (No, it isn't.) I'm also proud of the fact that from the time I woke up until the time dinner ended, either my dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer was running at all times. (No, I'm not.)

Today I'm linking up with Kelly at Kelly's Korner for another recipe. This week it's pasta and since we are an anti-low carb family, this link up is right up our alley. The kids help plan the menu every week and they choose Pea Nutty Noodles almost every week. It's really fun because they can do almost all of it with just a little help from the grown-up. I apologize for the lack of pictures, but sick kids, lots of kleenex, hope you understand. Now just go make this yourself and take your own pictures. Deal? Deal.

So, without further ado, I present to you...

Pea Nutty Noodles **
1 pound of your favorite shaped pasta

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
2/3 cup warm water
3 TBSP chopped fresh ginger
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 TBSP sesame oil
1 TBSP honey
3 TBSP white (rice or wine) vinegar

Garnishes: pick your favorites. Our favorites are underlined. (we love garnishes, obviously!)
Chopped peanuts
Diced cucumbers
Diced apples
Sliced scallions
Limes, cut into wedges
Sliced cabbage
Asian chili sauce
Chopped cilantro or mint
Shredded carrots
Diced red pepper

Pick out the garnishes you want to serve with the noodles and chop, dice, and slice them. Put them in little bowls. Ask your parents, nicely, to boil the pasta until it is al dente (not too mushy). Remind them gently that the pasta water should have enough salt to taste like the sea. When it is done, have them quickly rinse the pasta in cold water. Thank them for helping you.

Now mix all the ingredients for the peanut sauce together in a big bowl with a big spoon. You will have to stir, stir, stir until it is all mixed together and smooth.

Taste the sauce. Is it perfect? If it isn't, decide if you want it sweeter or saltier. (This is the kids' favorite part. We usually add a little extra honey and sesame oil and tweak it until they decide it is just perfect. Then we celebrate its deliciousness.) When it is just right, toss in the pasta and pour into a pile on a big platter or bowl. Put the little bowls of garnishes around the platter and yell diiiiiinnnnnerrr!
This is what it looks like in the cookbook. Pretty, huh?

**Recipe found in one of our favorite cook books, The Family Dinner: Great Ways to connect with your kids, one meal at a time by Laurie David.
What's for dinner at your house this fine Friday? Here it's RTF, aka Raid the fridge, aka rid the fridge of leftovers.

Have a great weekend!

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