Monday, May 18, 2015

3 Minute Asian Peanut Sauce & 3 FAST Meals ( Vegan, with Omnivore & Gluten Free Options)

3 Minute Peanut Sauce & 3 FAST Meals!
Asian Peanut Sauce is delicious - and SOOO easy to make - and SO much cheaper than the store bought bottles.

You can whip it up in three minutes flat with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. And, I made this recipe versatile - so that you're less likely to have to go out to the store to buy a special ingredient. You can mix & match what you have to make it work : )

Best of all, this sauce can be used to make a salad and three meals & that are nearly instant. Just use Pre-chopped veggies from the Produce Section or Supermarket Salad Bar, or even leftover salad veggies from the fridge, and a base starch like Pasta, Rice or Tortilla. (Many Grocery stores actually sell pre-cooked, frozen rice in the freezer section if that is your preference) These are the perfect meals for busy nights - whether you're a college student, a Parent with an evening meeting, or just someone who just doesn't like to cook.

Heat (whether Sriracha or other Hot Sauce) is completely optional - you can just use the Garlic & omit heat if that is your family's preference.

If you wish these recipes to be Gluten Free, it is easy to do. Check ingredients like Soy Sauce (Kikkoman now makes a "Blue Label" Gluten Free Variety), Vinegar, Tortillas & Pasta and make sure they're Gluten Free, and you're good to go!

If you prefer a LOWFAT version of this recipe, click here!  Asian Peanut Sauce, 3 Minute, LOWFAT, with 3 Quick Meals

If you keep cooked leftover Pasta or Rice in your freezer, this meal is already almost done!
3 Minute Peanut Sauce & 3 FAST Meals!

3 Minute Asian Peanut Sauce for One (scroll down for bigger batch)
2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter *
2 teaspoons Lime Juice (or Lemon Juice, OR Rice Vinegar**)
2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons Sugar (to YOUR taste - add 1 tsp & taste before adding more)
Sriracha to taste (I use about 1/4 teaspoon) (OR 1/4 tsp Garlic, and an optional dash of your favorite hot sauce)
Water to desired consistency - about 1 - 2 Tablespoons
Gradually add liquids to Peanut Butter, stirring constantly till smooth.
 - If you like, you can add a pinch of Basil or Mint for a more complex flavor
This can be made with a fork and a small bowl,
or you can make a larger batch in a food processor if you really hate to stir : )

OR A Big Batch
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter *
2 1/2 Scant Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 1/2 Scant Tablespoon Lime Juice or Lemon Juice or 2 Tablespoons Vinegar **
4 teaspoons Sugar (more to taste)
Sriracha Sauce, or 1 teaspoon Garlic with a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

3 Minute Asian Peanut Sauce

OR Customize Your Own Batch of Asian Peanut Sauce
3 Parts Peanut Butter*
1 Part Lime Juice (or Lemon Juice, or 3/4 Part Vinegar**)
1 Part Soy Sauce
1/2 Part Sugar
Sriracha to taste (or Garlic & Optional Hot Sauce)
Water as needed

* I use Krema Smooth Natural Peanut Butter, but any kind will work. If you use a commercial brand like Jif or Skippy that is pre-sweetened & has added fat, you may find that you prefer to decrease the sugar ever so slightly, and increase the Soy Sauce & Citrus Juice just a tad to compensate, but if you make it just as the recipe is written, it will still be very nice - I tested it : )

**If you prefer to use a stronger vinegar - such as White or Apple Cider Vinegar, you may want to just use a little less, 1/2 to 3/4 the amount the recipe calls for

Asian Peanut Noodles
Toss above sauce with prepared Spaghetti or other noodles (cold, hot, or leftover - your choice) & Fresh veggies from the list below. Devour

FAST Asian Peanut Noodles!

Asian Peanut Rice Bowl
Fill a bowl half way with rice (leftover or fresh -your choice) and top with  Veggies of your choice from the list below. Make sure there's a little something crunchy like shredded cabbage or carrots. Top with Peanut Sauce. Devour.

FAST Asian Peanut Rice Bowl!

Asian Peanut Wrap
Fill a Tortilla with some Rice & Crunchy veggies. If you like, you can add cubed, sauteed or marinated tofu. Top with Peanut Sauce. Wrap up & Devour.

FAST Asian Peanut Wrap!

Asian Peanut Slaw
If you want a Super-Quick Slaw, just toss this sauce with a couple of handfuls of Bagged Coleslaw Mix from the Grocery.

American Supermarket Veggies that go well with Peanut Sauce:
You can chop these yourself, or get them from the supermarket salad bar or Produce Section.
Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Celery, Cucumbers, Snow Peas, Shredded Cabbage, Broccoli, Bagged Coleslaw Mix, Fresh "Stir Fry Vegetables." You can also choose to add cooked veggies such as corn, peas, or crisp-tender Broccoli or Bok Choy.

Tip for Dining with Omnivores:
If you have an Omnivore at your table, Cubed Chicken would make a welcome addition to any of these meals.

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  1. All these dishes look delicious! I think I need to make your peanut sauce and start pouring it over everything!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment! Hope you enjoy it : )

  2. LOVE THIS! Can't wait to try!

    1. Thanks so much - lovely to "c" you here again! : )

  3. My husband and I LOVE peanut sauce. It goes great on so many different dishes. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us at Merry Monday!

    1. Thanks so much for hosting & for your kind comment! Enjoy! : )

  4. These all look tasty!!! Thank you for sharing such wonderful meal suggestions on The Art of Homemaking Mondays :)

    1. Thanks so much for hosting a wonderful blog hop! I always enjoy your blog! : )

  5. This looks fabulous. Love how quick it is. I have been craving satay for about a week so this is perfect timing :-)

    1. Thanks so much! Always great to see you on here - I love your blog! : )

  6. I love Asian peanut sauce, this sounds delicious and so easy! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!

    1. Thanks so much for hosting & for dropping by ! : )

  7. Such a versatile recipe! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  8. I have always enjoyed peanut sauce when I dine at Thai restaurants so I am delighted that you shared your recipe for 3 minute asian peanut sauce with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party! I am pinning and sharing!

  9. Another fabulous easy recipe. Noodles & veggies in peanut sauce! :-) water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, carrot sticks, chopped cabbage tossed quickly in skillet with sesame oil. Tossed on top of noodles, then added cold baby peas & green onions on top. Thanks, Ana! :-)

    1. Thanks so much,Stephanie! Glad you liked it : ) (I love the addition of sauteing in a little sesame oil! : )

  10. This is really great. I serve it with stirfried mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, and tofu over noodles, and it's amazing, it tastes just like a restaurant. I may or may not have to fight my family for the leftovers... :D Thanks!


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