Today when I went home at lunch, I wanted something filling but not heavy. I didn’t have any leftovers and didn’t really feel like a sandwich, so a quick check of the pantry yielded a package of ramen noodles. Hmmm…not really what I had in mind, but I had an idea.
I checked the fridge and pulled out some broccoli, green bell pepper, and a few mushrooms. Chopped all of that up and started it cooking in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a few shakes of garlic powder. I started boiling the noodles, but without the packet of seasoning. When my veggies were starting to get soft, I added in the packet of seasoning (beef) from the noodles, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a teaspoon or so of crushed red pepper, and a few dashes of soy sauce. The peanut butter melted right away and made a super yummy sauce. About that time, my noodles were done, so I drained them off and then added them back to the pot. Then I poured the peanut sauce and veggies all over the noodles and tossed them together. It was fabulous!!! It was nice and savory, and it had a little kick from the red pepper flakes. I think it would have been even better with a few chopped up peanuts on top. YUM.
I definitely plan on keeping this one in rotation, it’s a good way to use up veggies in the pantry, and compared to take out, a definite ‘healthier’ option for lunch!