Sesame Peanut Sweet Potato Noodles

Sesame Peanut Sweet Potato Noodles | Food & Nutrition | Stone Soup
Photo: Anne Danahy, MS, RDN

Hello friend, and happy Meatless Monday!

Meatless Mondays aren’t about an all or nothing approach. No need to go vegan, or even call yourself a vegetarian. It’s just about incorporating more fruits, vegetables, grains and beans into your diet — maybe just once each week. There are so many benefits for your health and the environment.

Vegetable noodles, made with a spiralizer, a mandoline or a julienne vegetable peeler are a fun and easy way to make vegetables the star of your plate.  I also really love this twist on sesame peanut noodles. It’s made with sweet potato “noodles” and it incorporates lots of veggie deliciousness!

I topped these “noodles” with maple miso tofu for a more substantial meal but they also work fine without it. Leftovers are pretty terrific served cold as a side salad too.

Sesame Peanut Sweet Potato Noodles

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 scallions
  • 2 tablespoons Thai basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • ¾ cup broccoli florets

Instructions

  1. Cut sweet potatoes into thin noodles or strips with a spiralizer, mandoline or julienne peeler and set aside.
  2. Chop scallions, basil, cilantro and peanuts and set aside in a small bowl.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, chili paste and sesame oil. Stir well so ingredients are combined and peanut sauce is smooth. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil on medium-high heat in a large saute pan. Add garlic, ginger and broccoli and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add peanut sauce to the pan. Reduce heat to low and let the mixture heat through for 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and add sweet potato noodles. Gently stir to combine with sauce.
  7. Top with chopped scallions, herbs and peanuts. Serve immediately.
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Anne Danahy
Anne Danahy, MS, RDN, is a wellness dietitian and nutrition communications consultant who specializes in women's health and healthy aging. She blogs at Craving Something Healthy. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.