Noodles for New Parents

Cooking when you've just had a baby sometimes feels like the very last thing you want to think about. And here I am, with a 7-month-old baby, and still struggling to get dinner on the table most nights! So Phil and I stick with the dinners we feel comfortable making, week in and week out. Eventually there will be room for creativity in the kitchen once again. But for right now, we've found what works for us. It's funny, but the idea of dishes you make over and over again, recipes you know by heart, is something I always envisioned I'd do when I became a Mom. It might be a far cry from the way I cooked before, but hey - most things change when you have a kid!

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One such dinner we've got memorized is a delicious Peanut Sesame Noodle Salad that is slightly adapted from Mollie Katzen's Enchanted Broccoli Forest. We have probably made this for dinner once a week for the past 4 months. It's that good. And that EASY.

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And its ease is precisely why it's the perfect dinner for new parents. It only requires a few ingredients, takes about 15-20 minutes to make, and gives you plenty for dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day (which we always enjoy).

The adaptations we made to Mollie's original recipe:

  • Added grated ginger to the sauce
  • Used wide rice noodles rather than vermicelli-style
  • Added red bell pepper
  • Cooked tofu

Are there any go-to dinners you make every week?

Peanut Sesame Noodle Salad

by The Particular Kitchen

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Keywords: saute boil salad entree gluten-free vegan vegetarian wheat free