Monday, June 5, 2017

Peanut Noodles with Snow Peas and Broccoli

My plating could use some work!

Well folks, I did it. I made my first recipe from The American Cancer Society's New Healthy Eating Cookbook tonight. I decided to start at the very beginning of the book for this one with the peanut noodles with snow peas and broccoli. Now if you've read my shopping post, you know that I didn't actually find snow peas, but I'm pretty sure the sugar snap pea substitution I made didn't really make much of a difference in this recipe. It should also be noted that this recipe is one that I was most worried about making.

For starters, the ingredient list makes this recipe seem daunting. It uses several ingredients I've basically never cooked with before, one that I wasn't even really sure where to find at the store in the first place (and that's not counting the snow peas that I couldn't find at all.) But in spite of using a lot of ingredients, the recipe is pretty simple. You basically need to know how to boil pasta, operate a food processor, and measure ingredients. If you can do those three things, you can follow this recipe.

Look at all that sauce. My kids thought it looked like vomit. 
The other reason I was worried about this recipe, though, is because I've never successfully made an Asian inspired dish that was edible before. And after tonight, I sadly don't feel like I entirely broke that streak. Neither of my kids ate more than a bite of this, and I was only able to eat half a serving before I just couldn't choke any more of it down. My husband went back for seconds though.

However, I am not going to totally discount this recipe, because my main issue with it is that the sauce just felt like it was too much, and I think that's because there was literally too much sauce for the amount of noodles the recipe calls for. I feel like doubling the amount of noodles I use for the recipe would eliminate this problem and make the recipe more palatable to me, and I'm definitely willing to give it a try because the sauce tasted good, there was just too dang much of it.

After minimal deliberation, I am giving this recipe, as it's written a C because it was super easy and fairly quick to make, but some adjustments need to be made to ingredient quantities I think.

And if you want to make this dish yourself, you'll need the following ingredients: linguini noodles, broccoli florets, snow peas (or sugar snap peas), carrots, garlic, fresh ginger, peanut butter, soy sauce, dark sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey, and chili garlic sauce. And if you want to know the correct quantities, you're gonna' have to buy the book because me sharing the recipe here would be copyright infringement. But if you click the book title above, it'll take you to an Amazon affiliate link* for the book.

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