Want a simple recipe that’s also delicious? Look no further. Adding peanut butter to your diet adds healthy mono-unsaturated fat, protein and flavor. This easy recipe can be used with chicken, turkey or tofu. Add more vegetables like green beans, broccoli or zucchini or use gluten-free noodles if needed. If you like a more mild sauce, skip the crushed red pepper.
1 lb. brown rice or Soba noodles
2 cups cooked chicken or turkey or sautéed firm tofu cut into cubes
½ cup natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
3 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
½ cup water
1 ½ tsp. ground or minced ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ½ Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1-2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 medium-sized red or yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
3 green onions, sliced diagonally (~ ¼ cup)
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
- Cook pasta according to directions and set aside.
- Sautee peppers in non-stick canola spray and set aside.
- Combine peanut butter, water, soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger in a large sauce pan and whisk until blended. Simmer over low to medium heat for ~10 minutes until sauce is creamy.
- Add cooked pasta, chicken, turkey or tofu and toss in peanut sauce. Add sautéed peppers, green onions and toss lightly.
- Sprinkle chopped cilantro on top and serve while hot.
Makes 8 servings. Nutrition Facts per serving (using chicken): 331 calories, 10.5 grams fat, 36.4 grams carbohydrate, 22.2 grams protein, 2.5 gm fiber, 68 mg cholesterol, 267 mg sodium