Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles
Dearest Noodle Enthusiasts,
This one goes out to all of you–especially those of you looking to spice up your noodle life. Yes, of course, I’m referring to literally spicing things up (hello, cayenne), but also to enhancing the nutritional quality of your pasta dishes.
Picture this: lil’ ole (pronounced: “22-year-old”) pasta-lovin’ me, happily cooking up some dinner, when I received a message from the pasta gods (aka the kind humans at Banza Pasta), asking if they could send me a few things to try. While jumping excitedly around my kitchen (it really is the little things, guys), I responded with a calm, collected “Yes, of course!”–for three reasons.
- Free products (yaaas)
- Delicious, highly nutritious products that I truly believe in (yaaas x 2)
- Challenge to create a new, exciting recipe (yaaas x 3)
For anyone unfamiliar with this product, allow me to briefly explain. Banza is a pasta made from chickpeas. The noodles come in many fun shapes and sizes, and can *usually* be found neighboring other gluten free pastas in its vibrantly orange box in the isles of your local grocery stores (or, of course, here–on the interwebs).
From an unbiased nutritional perspective, I like this product for multiple reasons. It’s naturally suitable for anyone following a gluten free diet and also packs a whopping 14 grams of protein/2 oz. serving–making it a great option for anyone relying solely on plant-based proteins to meet their daily needs. While this product is superb for my gluten free and vegetarian and/or vegan peeps, it’s a great swap for anyone and everyone who’s willing to try (especially those looking for an extra serving of fiber–hello 8 grams per 2 oz. serving!)
From a cooking standpoint, these noodles shouldn’t be treated the same as your traditional wheat-based pastas. They take significantly less time to cook and take on a very unfortunate, mushy taste + texture if overcooked. The box indicates 7-8 minutes cooking time, but I’ve found 5 minutes total cooking time to be most effective. Now, I’m not one for following directions (aka why baking never goes well for me..) but… I’ve found that following the rest of the cooking instructions on the box to be very important as well. I suggest you do the same if you want the ultimate experience of deliciousness that Banza has to offer!
This recipe may seem like it has a lot of *nutrient dense* ingredients (which, it does..), but the actual cooking process is very quick and easy. Nutritionally speaking, the pasta and edamame are great sources of plant-based protein and fiber. The peanut butter and sesame oil in the sauce provide a healthful abundance of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (aka the fats we want to include most often in our diets). Due to the decent presence of healthy fats and fiber, however, you’ll notice that the dish is very rich and filling. Therefore, the portion to provide optimal nutrition and satiety will likely need to be slightly smaller than your typical serving of “normal” pasta.
Bone apple teeth, my dear friends!!
P.S. Side note, the only people who won’t be lovin’ on this dish are those with soy or peanut allergies–please keep this dish very far away from them. If someone in your house has a peanut allergy, be sure to clean your blender thoroughly before using it to make anything else–peanut butter, while supremely delicious, is very sticky and will hang around in nooks and crannies of equipment if not cleaned thoroughly. Err’body else, though? Oh yeah, they’ll eat this recipe up (quite literally).