Leftovers are one my favourite things in this world! There isn’t much that beats cooking once and eating twice, right? That’s why, as part of this month’s Healthy Starts theme, I wanted to share a healthy leftover recipe.
I like to make this Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad the day after I make spaghetti because I inevitably end up with too many noodles.
For the month of January, I am hosting “Our Growing Edge,” a monthly link up for bloggers, with the theme “HEALTHY STARTS”
Leftover spaghetti noodles get a new life with this salad:
After lots of cooking to get back on track, it’s nice to not have to do the cooking part. And yet another beautiful thing about leftovers is that you don’t always have to eat the same dish twice.
It is fresh, full of veggies, vegan and most importantly, quick and easy to make! It is also great for your lunch bag.
Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp ginger /minced
- 3 cloves garlic /minced or use jarred minced garlic
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp sriracha
- 1/4 cup water
- 4-6 cups cooked spaghetti noodles or any noodles
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 cucumber chopped
- 1 red bell pepper /thinly sliced into strips
- 1/2 cup green onion /sliced
- 1/4 cup cilantro /chopped
- 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
- cilantro springs
- unsalted peanuts
In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, olive oil, sriracha sauce, water, minced ginger, minced garlic and brown sugar.
Combine cooked and cooled pasta with sliced vegetables, cilantro and peanuts. Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables and mix well.
Garnish with additional chopped cilantro and peanuts, if desired. Enjoy!
TERRI'S TIP: I prefer to use "smart pasta" because I find that it cooks faster than the whole wheat but you still get 4X as much fibre than if you ate white pasta. Although it's not quite as healthy as the whole wheat, you are still getting that fibre. And if you're not a fan of whole wheat, it's a good alternative. Read more about it here: What is smart pasta and is it as healthy as whole wheat?
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