There is something to be said for a home cooked meal that is ready in about 15 minutes. Especially if it is healthy! Even better when it is a one-pot meal.
My kids would be happy to have sandwiches every meal but I’m not. I like real food, warm food, but I don’t have a lot of time to cook.
If you have been here for a while you know that my son has multiple food allergies. Peanuts and gluten are just a few of the things that are off-limits for us. He rarely gets to eat restaurant food because of his food allergies; we have a few safe restaurants to choose from.
All Asian restaurants use peanuts and soy sauce (contains gluten) and I’m not comfortable with the chances of cross contamination even if he ordered a “safe” dish. His only exposure to Asian food is food I make. My recipes are far from authentic but they are easy to make and use simple ingredients.
This recipe is peanut-free and gluten-free and can accommodate other allergies with substitutions. It cooks really quickly, the longest part is getting the water to boil.
Easy Asian Noodles
- 1 box Brown Rice Noodles (I use Annie Chun’s)
- 3 carrots, sliced (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup SoyNut Butter (or other peanut butter type spread)
- 2 Tbsp Tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos (soy sauce can be used but contains gluten)
- Bring water to a boil. As you wait slice the carrots and get the other ingredients ready.
- Dump the carrots into the boiling water and cook them for 2-3 minutes.
- After the carrots have cooked a few minutes add the frozen peas and the noodles.
- Cook everything together for 5 minutes. Once the timer beeps, taste test the noodles and carrots to see if either need a minute or two longer.
- Carefully drain the water out of your pot. I like to use one of these. Then dump in the Tamari/Bragg’s and the SoyNut Butter. Stir well until it has melted into the noodles and is evenly distributed.
This recipe can be easily adapted based on what you have on hand and what food restrictions you work with. It is similar to my Veggie Pad Thai recipe but this one is simplified even more and only uses carrots and peas to cut down on dishes and extra chopping. You can buy frozen, chopped carrots for a quicker recipe.
What are your favorite quick meals?
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