Brown rice noodles with spicy peanut sauce

Brown rice noodles with spicy peanut sauce

In the mood for something spicy? Here is a really versatile gluten-free recipe that is sure to hit the sweet spot! In case you don’t like spicy food all you have to do is refrain from adding the chilies. You can pretty much use any of the vegetables you have sitting in your fridge. And if you are short for time, use pre-cut frozen veggies instead of fresh veggies.

Brown Rice

Brown rice is white rice before it had the hull and bran removed and therefore retains a lot more natural goodness. It is rich in protein, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium unlike it’s polished counterpart. Since the white rice has been stripped of most of it’s nutrients during the refining process, manufacturers must fortify it with synthetic vitamins and iron so that it can be marketed as a “nutritious food.”

1 Cup Brown Rice Flour
1 Cup Brown Rice Flour Source:USDA
1 Cup White Rice Flour
1 Cup White Rice Flour Source:USDA

 

One cup of brown rice has about 80% of our daily manganese requirements which helps our body synthesize fats and is also beneficial to our nervous and reproductive systems.

Another thing you probably didn’t realize about brown rice is that it is very rich in antioxidants much like blueberries and strawberries. It also has a high fiber content and a low glycemic index, so it’s a great choice for those who suffer from diabetes as well.

Ingredients

8 oz brown rice noodles/Maifun

2 tbs coconut oil

1 large onion sliced

2 or 3 thai peppers or green chilies

8 cups assorted veggies (celery, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, broccoli, bell pepper, spinach, bamboo shoots, anything in your fridge  or frozen stir fry if you’re short for time.)

Sauce:

4 tbs peanut butter

1-2 tsp red chili powder

2 tbs coconut sugar

1 inch piece ginger, crushed or minced

2 clove garlic, crushed or minced

3/4 cup water

2 tablespoons tamari (gluten-free) or soy sauce

Garnish with:

Cilantro

Green onions

Chopped peanuts (optional)

Bean sprouts (optional)

Lime juice (optional)

Directions

Peanut Sauce
Peanut Sauce

Mix together all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Don’t worry about any lumps. This is what’s going to flavor the veggies and the noodles so taste sauce and make necessary adjustments.

Crushed ginger and garlic
Crushed ginger and garlic

Add more chili powder and ginger if it’s too mild, add more coconut sugar if it’s too spicy and adjust salt. When you think it’s perfect set it aside. On a side note, I like to use this sauce as a vegetable dip too.

Vegetables I used
Vegetables I used

If you are using fresh vegetables, bias cut or diagonally cut them as this will exposes more of the vegetable’s surface area to the heat.

Bias cut veggies
Bias cut veggies

Doing so will not only cook them faster but will also help them absorb more of the sauce and seasoning it’s being cooked in.

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In a large skillet or wok, heat coconut oil over high heat. When the oil is hot add the sliced onion and cook until it’s fragrant and translucent. Now throw in the veggies along with some salt and stir fry for a couple of minutes.

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Add peanut sauce and let it cook until veggies are done.

This is what I usually use.
This is what I usually use.

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Prepare the noodles while the veggies are cooking. You can follow the directions on the packaging or check out this video on how to cook rice noodles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmL45RBpKPc

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Once the noodles and vegetables are cooked, mix them together and garnish with cilantro, bean sprouts, lime juice and chopped peanuts.

 



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