spicy peanut ramen & veggies
If you follow me on IG, you know I never tried the processed, packaged Ramen Noodles in college. I don't know how I made it through 4+ years without being subjected, but so it is. However, since I've discovered a healthier version that won't skyrocket my blood pressure or cause extreme water retention from sodium overload, I can't get enough!
The recipe is quite simple and can be customized with whatever veggies you love...it's the spicy peanut sauce that makes it extra special! This sauce is a Good Mood Food client fave as we use it in our Pad Thai recipe too. I dare say, you'll never go back to the wrapped blocks of sodium again.
Recipe by Good Mood Food
Cook/Prep Time: 30 min
1 organic millet & brown rice ramen noodle cake (Lotus Foods)
1 sm carrot, sliced
1/4 c snow peas
1/4 c cooked shelled edamame
1/4 c broccoli florets
1/4 c cauliflower florets
1 scallion, sliced (both white & green parts) for topping
1 tbsp crushed peanuts, for topping
For Peanut Sauce
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
1 1/2 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 clove garlic, grated
dash of freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp thai chili sauce or gochujang
1/4 tsp five-spice powder
Cook ramen noodles according to package directions. Rinse with cold water, drain and set aside.
Toss all the chopped veggies, except the scallions & edamame, into a stockpot with 2-3 tbsp of water. You don't want the veggies completely covered with water, just enough to steam them. Bring the water to a boil, cover the pot and cook for about 3-5 minutes. You want the veggies steamed, vibrant in color and still crisp.
Set veggies aside to cool while you make the magic Peanut Sauce!
Add all the sauce ingredients into a glass bowl and whisk until incorporated. Taste for seasoning and add ingredients to meet your preference.
To make the bowl, top the noodles with the steamed veggies, add edamame, pour on desired amount of sauce, top with chopped scallions and crushed peanuts.
Let us know what you think! Will you go back to the college ramen or get crazy and create your own version of our Spicy Peanut Ramen?