Peanut Noodles with Vegetables

Twas the night before Thanksgiving when all through the mouths

Salivation began pooling, eager to fill up the south.

The turkey was brining in the fridge with care.

In hopes that all family members, weirdos included, soon would be there.

The stomach was nestled all snug in its space.

Getting rest for what was about to take place.

When down in the kitchen there arose such a clatter.

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the stairs, I spilled my red wine.

Ignored it because let’s be honest, this ain’t the first time.

When, on what did my wondering eyes transfix,

But two bundles of vermicelli noodles and three tiny piles of vegetable sticks.

“Now Peanuts!, now Soy Sauce!, now Scallions and Ginger!

On Vinegar!, on Cilantro!, on Sugar and Cucumber!

To the top of the pot! To the top of the bowls!

Now eat this, eat this, eat it all!”

“What the *@#$,” I gasped as my glass fell to the floor.

“Who the *#$% are you, and how did you get through the door?”

He spoke not a word, but continued his work.

Arranging bowls of noodles, complete with an obvious smirk.

“Should you grow tired of turkey, gravy, potatoes or bread,” he said,

“Eat this peanut noodle bowl with vegetables instead!”

And just like that, he vanished from sight.

And I’m still trying to figure out how he got his teeth so white.

Peanut Noodles with Vegetables:

(inspired by Real Simple)

What it took for 2:

* 2 bundles vermicelli noodles
* 1 red pepper, sliced into little 2-inch sticks
* 1/2 cucumber, seeds scooped and discarded, then cut into 2-inch sticks
* 1 cup snow peas
*1/2 cup creamy (or crunchy) peanut butter
* 2 Tbs. soy sauce
* 2 Tbs. rice vinegar
* 1 Tbs. brown sugar
* 1 tsp freshly minced ginger root
* 2 Tbs. sliced scallions
* 1/4 cup fresh cilantro for garnish
* 2 Tbs. peanuts

Boil the vermicelli noodles until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain and return to pot.

In the meantime, combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ginger and about 1/2 cup water in a food processor. Blitz until smooth. It might feel a little thin, which is okay, because you once you mix everything together, it’s awesome. That was a strange sentence.

To the noodle pot, add the veggies, scallions and the peanut sauce. Toss to combine everything.

Serve topped with fresh cilantro and peanuts!

Haaaaaappy Thanksgiving, you guys! I’ll be back Monday because my brain hurts and I need a little blog break or else I might lose it.

See you on the Instagrams!

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23 Responses to Peanut Noodles with Vegetables

  1. claire @ the realistic nutritionist November 21, 2012 at 7:57 am #
    I couldn't love you anymore if I tried.
  2. Blog is the New Black November 21, 2012 at 8:05 am #
    You are hilarious....
  3. Ashley - Baker by Nature November 21, 2012 at 8:12 am #
    Your posts make my mornings! Happy Thanksgiving, Bev!
  4. Liz November 21, 2012 at 8:47 am #
    Please, please, don't ever stop being you! That just made my week. Happy Thanksgiving!
  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 21, 2012 at 9:26 am #
    I am totally into this. Yum!
  6. Laurie {Simply Scratch} November 21, 2012 at 11:04 am #
    First of all I love this recipe and second... I LOVE those bowls annnnnd third this has to be my favorite post of yours! Happy Thanksgiving!!
  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks November 21, 2012 at 11:41 am #
    I am all about this one! The noodles, the sauce, the veggies - YES this is my idea of savory!
  8. Lauren November 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm #
    Seriously, could you be any more awesome? Love the parody. Happy Thanksgiving Bev.
  9. Sharla November 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm #
    your poem really made me LOL - hilarious. and then I just kind of sat and stared at the pictures of the noodle bowl for a while. Yummy!!!! Happy Thanksgiving
  10. Jen @ Savory Simple November 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm #
    Where has this been all my life?
  11. JulieD November 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm #
    Love love, Bev!! Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving with you and yours!! :-)
  12. Katie @ Blonde Ambition November 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm #
    Hahaha, this was so great. Kudos for using crunchy peanut butter.... da bestttttt.
  13. nicole b. November 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm #
    Happy Thanksgiving. This year, I am especially thankful for YOU, Bev. Otherwise, what the heck would we eat at our house? XO.
  14. Tracey @ Cooking with Love November 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm #
    Perfect after Thanksgiving supper! Fantastic shots too! :)
  15. Tracey @ Cooking with Love November 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm #
    Happy Thanksgiving!!
  16. Jenny November 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm #
    Ha! This is great!! Love the poem and the food/photography on this one.
  17. Dara @ How_to_eat November 22, 2012 at 8:37 am #
    Peanut butter, noodles, and know the way to my heart! Happy Thanksgiving!
  18. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. November 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm #
    looks too fabulous for words! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!
  19. Heather Christo November 27, 2012 at 9:33 am #
    Oh so delicious Bev! I love it! Hope your Holiday was wonderful :)
  20. Heather April 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm #
    How much exactly is "two bundles" of vermicelli noodles? A box is 8.8 ounces and I can't tell from your picture how much "two bundles" means. I don't want to ruin the proportions of sauce to noodles.
    • Heather April 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm #
      (I'm guessing it's one 8.8 ounce box since it typically comes in two distinguishable "bundles" in it.)
      • Bev Weidner April 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm #
        Hi, Heather! Let's see, my vermicelli noodles come in a big bag, divided into bundles. They're not individually wrapped like soba noodles, but sectioned off sill. I'd SAY they're probably half cup bundles. I hope this helps!


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