As Charlotte once said in Sex and the City, “Everyone knows you only get two great loves in your life.”
Big and Aidan aside, whether or not that’s true, I don’t know. But what I do know is that, fortunately for Hubby (my no. 1), we share a mutual obsession with what may arguably be no. 2 on my list: Peanut butter.
Needless to say, I was inspired to hit up the grocery store as soon as I saw a recipe for “Peanutty Soba Noodles with Edamame” in the February 2014 issue of Fitness magazine (which I then proceeded to overhaul with an obscene amount of carbs, protein, veggies, spices and, of course, more peanut butter).
What resulted was a glorious stir-fry/pad-thai-type hybrid that’ll leave you with plenty of leftovers for easy lunches and dinners throughout the rest of the week.
Peanutty Protein Stir Fry with Soba Noodles (serves 8)
- 1 bell pepper, cut into two-inch strips
- 2 broccoli heads, broken into small florets
- 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
- 4 carrots, thinly sliced
- 1 package fresh, shelled edamame
- 2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
- 9.5 -ounce package of soba noodles
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
- 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons mirin
- 2 tablespoons Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- sprinkle of cayenne pepper
- Prep vegetables while cooking soba noodles according to package directions.
- Heat olive oil in wok over medium heat.
- Add veggies and edamame to wok, cooking for 6 minutes or until crisp-tender.
- Add chicken and noodles to wok, tossing to evenly distribute.
- Whisk together peanut butter, rice vinegar, mirin and sweet chili sauce.
- Pour sauce mixture into wok, and toss to combine. Remove from heat.
- Garnish with cilantro, sesame seeds and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
Here’s a step-by-step look at the process…
First, be sure to keep stirring the veggies in the wok to ensure they cook evenly.
Then work on the sauce, which — thankfully — is judged on taste rather than looks.
After the veggies are cooked, add the noodles and chicken.
Pour on the sauce, give it a final stir, and you’re ready to chow down!