Two peanut sauces and wiaw

Did you know it’s National Running day today? Get out for a run if you can!


I’m over one week in, and the running streak is going well.  It’s pushing my 30 mile weeks to 33, which is a reasonable 10% increase, and my legs have been handling it so far.  I also mentioned last week that I had to tape myself teaching spin over the weekend to submit for a final review on my certification.  I’m happy to say it’s done and in the mail…here’s hoping it’s good enough!


Switching gears, it’s time for another What I ate Wednesday with Peas and Crayons:

Yesterday was an extra snack-y day for me…ironically, I realized at the end of the day that snacking was the WIAW theme for June.  It was mostly “sensible.”  Here’s a peak:

[Breakfast: Yogurt, granola bar crumbs from failed bars, and banana; Lunch: Leftover black beans with feta, carrots and hummus; Dinner: Gado gado (veggies and egg with peanut sauce) over quinoa; Snacks: a few of L’s roll-ups; dried fig; watermelon; and an unpictured granola bar; Dessert: Gooey garbanzo brownies]

After sharing my peanut-lime noodle lunch a few weeks ago, I had several requests for a recipe.  So I’m answering with two of our go-to peanut sauce dinner recipes. As it heats up, these are great options for tasty, healthy vegetarian meals that don’t use the oven!

Peanut Lime Noodles

  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. salsa, medium or hot
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • dash salt
  • 8 oz. soba, buckwheat noodles or angel hair pasta
  • diced cucumber, steamed broccoli, marinated tofu chunks, shredded carrot, steamed kale, etc.

For the peanut sauce, combine equal parts peanut butter and salsa.  Stir in lime juice, cumin and salt.  Cook the noodles according to package directions, and drain well.  Coat the noodles with the peanut dressing, then add tofu and veggies of your choice.

The peanut butter-salsa combination may sound odd, but it’s one of the easiest ways to make a peanut-lime sauce- and it’s really yummy!

The second recipe is a version of Indonesian Gado Gado, a vegetable salad covered with a peanut sauce .  You can add sliced hard-boiled eggs or grilled tofu for extra protein.  We like to eat ours over brown rice or quinoa.Simple Gado Gado

Simple Gado Gado   (Print recipe)

  • 1/2-1 c. vegetable broth or hot water
  • 1/3 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5-6 c. total : steamed broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots or green beans
  • 4-6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • grilled tofu, optional
  • steamed brown rice

Combine the first 7 ingredients (peanut butter through salt) to make the peanut sauce.  Add enough broth or water to reach your desired consistency. Steam or prepare the vegetables of your choice, and boil eggs for 10 minutes.  Serve veggies over rice, top with sliced eggs and tofu, and pour peanut sauce over everything. Enjoy!

I made some changes to the recipe page: under the recipe tab, I added a “search recipe” option where you can bring up the recipe without viewing the entire accompanying post.

Okay, it’s time to figure out dinner… what are you having tonight? Are you planning to get a run in today?


39 thoughts on “Two peanut sauces and wiaw

    • That’s such a great idea! L goes to a little program 2 mornings a week, but is able to take pb, so we haven’t had to worry about it yet. But “real” school will be different!
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  1. I LOVE peanut sauce. (here is a post about how my kid even knows that: ).

    Did you watch your tape? I hate seeing/hearing myself on video. Congrats on getting your video completed and mailed! I don’t think I’ll get a run in today (beyond running after my kids which totally counts in my book) but will be able to tomorrow.
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    • Running after your kids totally counts. 🙂 Yes- the pic above was from playing it back on the tv, it is never fun to watch ourselves on tape, is it?! I think it’s good enough… I’m hoping the cert folks will, too.
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  2. I have never even attempted a nut sauce. You have me intrigued now……I just may have to pin this! 😉

    I always appreciate your healthy snacks. Baking things works well for me. It’s the only way logan will eat veggies, unless it’s baked into something. So I tend to make kale chips, sweet potato chips, chickpeas corn….lol
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    • That’s a great way to get veggies into kiddos! We just tried our first carrot ‘chips’ the other day, they turned out pretty well. You should definitely try the peanut sauce, it’s really easy, and if you don’t add the extra hot sauce, I think it’s very kid-friendly.
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    • Woohoo! Nice job on your 10- you are doing such a great job ramping your miles back up! Yes- eggs and pb are some of my bodies favorite protein sources, too. And they actually go pretty well together! 🙂
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    • Nice job getting an extra run in! I did one after spinning to keep my “streak” going… but we’ll see how long I last. My legs are starting to ask for a complete rest day! Hope you like the noodles!
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  3. I’m thinking I’ll make breakfast for dinner 🙂 turkey Bacon and eggs and some fruit probably, don’t think I’ll get to a run today, its been raining all day and I don’t feel like pushing the stroller in it, blah! Thanks for the recipes 🙂

    • Thanks, Amy! Nice job getting your 4 miles in! My legs are feeling fatigued today so we’ll see if I last for the whole streak. They would love just one day off here or there. 🙂
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  4. Yum! I love peanut sauce! I am excited to have a couple new recipes for it! Also, I just noticed your family photo on the sidebar. I don’t know if it was there and I missed it or if you just put it up but…what a great photo!
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  5. Yes, LOVE peanut flavored sauces..and that noodle dish looks delicious!! I’m going to have to try it. Tappan says that if he were left on a deserted island, his one food would be peanut butter, so needless to say, it’s a normal go-to snack around his and my apartments!

    Also, that beet salad from earlier in the week looked delicious also! Thanks for sharing these recipes.
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