meatless monday: ginger-peanut ramen

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i’ll admit it i love ramen noodles. in fact i buy them in bulk at sam’s club, when you do the math it comes out 16 cents a package…..hot damn! most the time i cook up what i refer to as “fancy ramen” stir-frying vegetables to toss in. of late i’ve been concocting my own asian inspired sauces and throwing out that packet of flavor that’s jam-packed full of sodium. my favorite sauce so far is peanut sauces. i could eat peanut butter every day. on this meatless monday i made up a ginger-peanut sauce to toss into the ramen noodles. to add a little spice i heated up some morning-star spicy buffalo vegetarian nuggets. its simple its cheap and it satisfies my cravings for the far east.

 

RECIPE: GINGER-PEANUT SAUCE

1/4 cup peanut butter

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp ginger

1/2 tbsp garlic powder

*in a small saucepan cook peanut butter, olive oil and soy sauce over low to medium heat. you are wanting to just slightly melt the peanut butter, cooking on too hot a temp will fry it into a disastrous paste. once the peanut butter as melted and forms a smooth creamy sauce add in the ginger and garlic powder. the sauce goes great over ramen or as a dipping sauce for crispy tofu! if you are wanted to spice it up add in 2 tsp crushed red pepper, for extra spicy 2 tsp of sarachia as well.

 

sunday night dinner: oct 2, 2011 — fancy ramen

on my quest to like mushrooms i have come to fancy them in stir fry.  sunday night dinner then was fancy ramen, aka what my friend alaina calls ramen that has lots of veggies in it or as steph did a while back some veggie nuggets as well.  to set the mood i put on my most recent album purchase, “Dance the night Away” a 4, yes 4 album compilation of discos greatest hits that i got for only $0.95.  i was really excited because it had my favorite elton john song, the duet with kiki dede, “don’t go breakin my heart.” the tune was perfect for fancy ramen night.

my stir fry consisted of broccoli, mushrooms, and carrots in a sauce of oil, ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper, and of course the seasoning packet from the ramen.   and now looking at that least i realize i should have added some sort of nuts to that mix, damn!  is it just me or does stir fry just always look pretty?