I bet you're wondering why I gathered you all here today. It's for the Creamy Coconut Curry Peanut + Noodle recipe, obvs. Drenched in a creamy coconut curry peanut sauce, sauteed veggies pair with low-calorie noodles to make a perfect Thai inspired noodle dish. Oh yes. But first, a little business. If you haven't noticed (and seriously why would you?), the widget plugin for my subscribers lost about 25+ of my near and dear subscribers! I am not sure if this means that the number is just off or if these poor fellows aren't getting the new post emails. It's all very distressing. I've contacted the plugin company and apparently many other users are having the same issue as me. Sad. So, if you happen to think you are one of these forsaken followers, let me first tell you that I truly treasure you. The plugin company is sorting it out and hopefully it should be fixed. Please let me know if you are not getting the posts in your email! I can work around this (I've been watching a lot of the BCCs Sherlock Holmes...Benedict Cumberbatch...am I right? Yes. Omg.), and get you my daily ramblings. Never fear my dear people.

Okay, back to the good stuff. Peanut noodles aren't exactly on the lower end of the calorie scheme. I mean look at this dish. It certainly looks like it's loaded with carbs. Yes, well...it's a little deceptive. Nothing's ever what it seems, Dr. Watson.

Produce On Parade - Creamy Coconut Curry Peanut + Noodles

Have you tried those refrigerated low calorie noodles? There are many brands, but I think the majority are made from tofu. They were all the rage a few years ago when they were generally discovered by the dieting mass public. I like them. Enough. I mean, I'm certainly not going to replace them with real pasta. Heaven forbid. Actually, I'm not all that big on pasta to begin with. Have you noticed? Maybe not.

Produce On Parade - Creamy Coconut Curry Peanut + Noodles

Anyways, this is the perfect dish to use those noodles. They have almost an udon noodle type of feel to them. I do, however, love me some udon noodles. This peanut noodle dish has full-fat coconut milk along with peanut butter, so using the tofu noodles is a good way to cut back on some calories, plus they just plain work in this dish! Tofu noodles and spaghetti sauce? Not so much.

This recipe probably isn't low-calorie...it's just...lower-than-it-could-be-calorie...

Before we get started, however, allow me to rant about lite coconut milk. The cans of coconut milk up here in The Last Frontier are over $3.50 a can. That shit's expensive! Yes, I have tried to make my own, a story for another day. Anyways, if you're buying the lite version of canned coconut milk as opposed to the full-fat one...or regular as I call it, then you're just buying at most, really expensive water.

So, what to do if a recipe calls for lite or you simply don't want all that full-fat coconutty goodness (gasp!)? No, problem. I just use 1/4 the amount called for, but use the regular. Then, add the remainder of what's called for in water. Freeze the leftover regular coconut milk. It's really that simple. That's what I do and it saves me some bucks. You can continue to do whatever you want, but I thought it was necessary to expose the coconut milk catastrophe for what it is. Katie Holmes has closed the coconut case! Wait...Katie Holmes, no, that's already taken. Nevermind.

Produce On Parade - Creamy Coconut Curry Peanut + Noodles

A final word about the tofu noodles. They smell...err...very fishy before you boil them. No! Don't smell them! Gahh. Anyways, be sure to rinse them very well before you boil them. I'm not making this stuff up. Once they are parboiled, they are fine. 

Creamy Coconut Curry Peanut + Noodles

Inspired by The Endless Meal

Serves 2

  • --Noodles + Veggies--
  • 2 packages Tofu Shirataki Noodles (or any noodles), drained and rinsed well
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sesame seed oil
  • 1 medium carrot, matchsticked
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • --For the Sauce--
  • 2 Tbsp. canned full fat coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (nut free - sunflower seed butter or mashed avocado)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp. fresh curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh chili paste
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Drain and rinse the tofu noodles. When the water comes to a boil, add the noodles and boil for about 3 minutes. Drain and pat the noodles dry. Set aside until ready to use. If using different noodles, then cook according to package.

While the water comes to a boil, heat the sesame oil in a large frying pan and add all the prepared veggies. Saute for a good 10 minutes, or until the carrots just being to soften over medium heat. Then remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.

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Meanwhile, add all the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan and whisk over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Then turn to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the noodles and veggies are done cooking.

Produce On Parade - Creamy Coconut Curry Peanut + Noodles

Add the sauce and the noodles to the the sauteed vegetables and cook over low heat for a minute or two, just enough to heat thoroughly.

Serve hot and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onion, if you like!

Produce On Parade - Creamy Coconut Curry Peanut + Noodles

This dish was super easy and quick to make, but of course I had the always eager and cutest kitchen helpers ever. Todd's doing the whole mustache thing right now. Bailey...well...yea, I don't know.

Produce On Parade - Creamy Coconut Curry Peanut + Noodles

Creamy Coconut Curry Peanut + Noodles
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Katie - Produce On Parade
Serves: 2
Drenched in a creamy coconut curry peanut sauce, sauteed veggies pair with low-calorie noodles to make a perfect Thai inspired noodle dish.
Ingredients
  • --Noodles + Veggies--
  • 2 packages Tofu Shirataki Noodles (or any noodles), drained and rinsed well
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sesame seed oil
  • 1 medium carrot, matchsticked
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • --For the Sauce--
  • 2 Tbsp. canned full fat coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp. fresh curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh chili paste
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Drain and rinse the tofu noodles. When the water comes to a boil, add the noodles and boil for about 3 minutes. Drain and pat the noodles dry. Set aside until ready to use. If using different noodles, then cook according to package.
  2. While the water comes to a boil, heat the sesame oil in a large frying pan and add all the prepared veggies. Saute for a good 10 minutes, or until the carrots just being to soften over medium heat. Then remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
  3. Meanwhile, add all the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan and whisk over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Then turn to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the noodles and veggies are done cooking.
  4. Add the sauce and the noodles to the the sauteed vegetables and cook over low heat for a minute or two, just enough to heat thoroughly.
  5. Serve hot and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onion, if you like!

For fun, what am I listening to? Kimbra – Good Intent  It's very Sherlocky to me, and I'm in that type of mood. Shifty eyes.