Kid Friendly Friday Spotlight - Peanutty Noodles

Happy Friday Foodies!! This week has been quite the whirlwind for us in the Northern Virginia area. I mean, first we deal with an earthquake and half a week full of aftershocks that propel you out of bed in the middle of night and NOW…. yes, NOW, we may be pounded by a hurricane. Oh, Hurricane Irene. She will be the first Hurricane I have had to deal with since I left Miami. The hurricane season I remember the most is the season of Katrina – that was the most intense season that this country had seen in such a long time. While Katrina wreaked havoc on so many in the Gulf, she did not do near as much damage to South Florida that Wilma did. Wilma was the monster to end all monsters.

Wilma faked Miami out, initially. I’m not sure if any of you know, but she hit the Yucatan peninsula and ventured out into the Gulf of Mexico. After she hit the Yucatan, she died down to a Category 2 hurricane and was going to hit the western coast of Florida as a suspected Category 2 storm. Obviously that is nothing to scoff about, but, unfortunately, that is not what happened.

While in the Gulf of Mexico, Wilma regained momentum in the warm waters and strengthened to a Category 3 or 4. If she was not a Category 4, she was not far from it. And she slammed into the West Coast of Florida, but she didn’t stay there. I went to bed the night before fully thankful that we were going to be fine in south Florida, but we were not. I woke up to frantic phone calls from family and friends making sure I was okay. Okay, I thought? I looked outside and I was in the midst of the worst Hurricane of the entire season. Wilma pummeled Miami. She destroyed EVERYTHING she could and when she left us, barreling back out to the water of the Atlantic, she took our power, our hot water and everything else with her. It was no joke.

I was stuck in a small room, as a disgruntled, tired and emaciated [probably too strong of a picture... but I barely had time to breath... so eating? yeah right!] law student with no power, no hot water and surrounded by case books. I wanted to scream. I wanted to cry. I did both! Never did I think that Virginia would be issuing a State of Emergency in order to draw on federal money in case of a disastrous hurricane that would be powerfully frolicking up the East Coast. Watch out friends, it’s going to be a wet weekend!

How does this have anything to do with food? Well, in typical fashion I can associate food with most stories I tell. When I lost power, I knew I had to salvage as much of my food as I could. So, the first day, I ate everything that was in my refrigerator, without much guilt. I kind of regretted that 10 days later when I was still without power. That’s another story, for another day. However, I will tell you that if I had Peanutty Noodles from Heather over at Basilmomma: a busy mom who likes to cook, I would have salvaged those first. Wondering what I’m talking about? Good, I’m glad. Let’s get to it.

Each week through the summer I tried to bring to you a Kid-Friendly Friday recipe. I plan to continue that segment of my blog in a slightly different way when I can. Today marks the beginning of what I hope to be an awesome ride with some of my very favorite foodies, all of whom are very talented, very busy, and very inspiring Momma’s!!  So today, with no further adieu, here is my very talented friend Heather and her amazing Kid-Friendly Friday recipe.

  Peanutty - Noodles

I am always on the hunt for great lunches for my kids.  Yes, they can just eat a turkey and provolone on wheat.  I guess, sometimes I like something a little different and so do they!

At lunch I like to hit all of the food groups in a small dish.  I purposely bought 8 ounce containers JUST to prevent me from over eating at lunch.  I never could have predicted that this would be one of my kids favorite lunches of ALL time!

This is so easy your kids can make it with you.  I have found that when my kids help me make a meal they are more apt to eat it.  I want them to eat what I have made...not trade it :)


  • 1 pound of cooked linguine, al dente
  • 3/4 C peanut butter
  • 1/2 C low salt soy sauce (I used Tamari)
  • 2/3 hot water
  • 2 TB minced or grated fresh ginger. Use is probably going to cost you 50 cents.
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 Tb toasted sesame oil
  • 1 TB honey
  • 3 TB white rice OR wine vinegar
  • A variety of garnishes: diced apple, cilantro, lime, chopped peanuts, diced yellow pepper, green onions
  • Add all ingredients (except pasta) to a large bowl and whisk until smooth.  Add cooked pasta.  Toss and garnish as desired.
  • This is perfect as a school lunch.  Topped with diced carrots, apples, cilantro, lime or chopped peanuts this is a very filling and satisfying lunch or side dish!

Picture of Heather's Boys! :)

Those noodles look amazing to me. I wish I was one of her kids!! Don’t forget to pop over to check out Heather’s blog!! Let her know the love is flowing from Cooking with Mel!!!

Until Next Time,

Happy Kid Friendly Friday