Easiest Asian Cold Summer Noodles + Peanut Sauce

Summer is already coming to an end for us here, and I’m reluctantly squeezing in every kind of summer meal I can before the frenzy of back-to-school kicks in. The funny thing about summer is that I have more time…but sometimes less motivation…to get my act together to prepare a meal.

Thankfully, my favorite go-to for summer nights happens to be recipe that can be adapted to anything you have on hand. Substitute spaghetti noodles for soba noodles. Sub almond butter for peanut butter. Sub leftover rotisserie chicken for grilled salmon. Use coleslaw mix instead of English cucumbers. It all works. And on those nights when a last minute dinner party comes together…you can be sure to feed a crowd. Make your own, or prepared ahead…you can’t go wrong with Asian-inspired cold noodles with peanut sauce. 

Ingredient recommendations:

  • Noodles: soba noodles (or spaghetti noodles), cook as directed
  • Protein: grilled fish, shredded leftover rotisserie chicken, grilled shrimp
  • Veggies: shredded carrots, julienned cucumbers, thinly sliced celery, green onions, cilantro, bean sprouts, broccoli or cole slaw, grilled veggies like sweet potatoes (my favorite lately is poke holes in sweet potato, and microwave for a few minutes until tender, then slice into wedges, toss in olive oil, coarse salt and pepper, lime juice, and cayenne pepper…then grill. It’s perfect for vegetarian alternative to meat or to make this meal a bit more substantial.)
  • Condiments: peanut/almond sauce, extra soy or rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds, sriracha or other hot sauce, fish sauce, fresh limes

Ingredients for Peanut Sauce:

(makes enough for approx. 6-8 servings…and honestly, I usually wing it and taste as I go, but I really needed to have something concrete for you all!)

  • 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter (I’ve even used powdered peanut butter too!)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • Drizzle of sesame oil 
  • A squirt of sriracha hot sauce if you like it spicy

…add all to a pint size mason jar with lid and shake vigorously. Stir until smooth if needed, and adjust ingredients for taste and consistency. 

  

Set up your meal as a build-your-own buffet or pre-toss your noodles and ingredients! 

Enjoy, friends! Let me know if you try it!

Strawberry Mango Mojito

Summertime Beverage Series | gracelaced.com

Hello GraceLaced friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns and Shiny Happy Sprinkles, and I am beyond thrilled to be here today. See, today three of my favorite things- summer, yummy drinks, and Ruth’s blog- are all wrapped up in one strawberry mango mojito recipe. It’s like a trifecta of fabulous!

Strawberry Mango Mojito

Besides summer, and Ruth’s blog, and yummy drinks in general, I should confess- I also love mojitos. Love them. I think mint and lime were made to go together. And I lo-ove adding fruit, like blueberries, to this yummiest of drink concoctions.

Strawberry Mango Mojito Recipe-

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1 mashed mango
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 shot rum
  • 3/4 cup club soda

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DIRECTIONS- Add lime juice, mint leaves, strawberries, mangoes and sugar to the bottom of a cup. Muddle, mashing the berries, the mangos and the mint leaves. Add rum and club soda. Mix well and serve.

Also, and I highly recommend this, if you want to make a whole pitcher of strawberry mango mojitos, use this blueberry mojito recipe and sub out strawberries and mangoes for the blueberries. Deliciousness!

Thanks for inviting us Ruth! GraceLaced friends, stop by and say hi anytime!

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*Update: Friends, it is not my intention to offend or cause anyone to stumble. I do not take our Christian liberty lightly, and am not flippant about the issue of alcohol. Today’s guest post is a lovely recipe for a summertime celebration or dinner party. I’m sure it is delicious without alcohol (I make “mocktails” all the time!:) ). I realize we may agree to disagree on this issue, but please refrain from arguing about the issue of alcohol in the comments. Thank you, dear readers!

“The end or purpose of Christian liberty is not to smoke or drink; liberty is given for the pursuit of holiness. Those who wave the banner of Christian liberty so that they might do whatever they might want to do have not understood the doctrine at all. The point is not to drink or smoke or dance according to our own whims, in the light of our own wisdom, but to do whatever we do before the Lord, with the increase of joy and holiness obvious to all. Our guide on how this is to be done is the Bible, and not our pet evangelical traditions. And this is why the mature may drink wine to the glory of God, and the same cannot be applied to young men who may be more concerned about looking cool than being holy.” -Douglas Wilson, Future Men.

Homemade Cherry Limeade

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I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.— L. M. Montgomery

Let’s talk about cherry limeade. Real cherry limeade is summertime in a glass, don’t you think? And, maybe cherry limeade conjures up feelings of nostalgia over Happy Hour at Sonic. But after making it from scratch, I’m not sure the artificial flavoring at the drive thru will ever quite do it for me again. Making your own limeade is significantly more affordable and absolutely more delicious. And yes, it is more work. 🙂 If you have littles, you can enlist helpers, or train them to make a batch for the whole family on their own. Perfect cure for summertime boredom! For our size of family, we generally double this recipe…even then, it doesn’t last long. And, if you are still looking for the zing you get from a Sonic cherry limeade, get yourself a bottle of sparkling water, and substitute it for the water in the recipe. I promise…it’ll be Happy Hour at your house all day long.

Homemade Cherry Limeade

  • 1 cup lime juice Simple syrup (1 cups sugar + 1 water)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen cherries ice

Start by pressing gently on the limes to soften them.

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Make simple syrup by combining the sugar and water. Dissolve in microwave for a minute, stir, and set aside. Juice them in whatever method is easiest for you…I usually get all the kids involved and have several juicing tools. My favorite is this lemon reamer.

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Combine juice, syrup, water, and frozen cherries in a large pitcher. Gently crush about half the cherries with a long wooden spoon. Add extra ice cubes. Taste and add water if needed. That’s it! Enjoy!

Join us for the rest of the Summertime Beverage Series for more refreshing ideas!

Mama, I’m hungry…

Summertime Snacking Solutions For Kids | gracelaced.com

The perpetual snack dilemma of summertime.Sigh. All the kids are home…all the time. At my house, that means the boys are constantly hankering for a snack. Here’s what we are doing this summer to make snacking fun and unburdensome, while training the kids to take over in the kitchen!

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1. Make a menu. Choose healthy snacks that can be easily made with ingredients on hand. Without a menu, it is easy to get sucked into buying pre-packed snacks, chocked full of preservatives and sugar. Because it is my personal style of cooking, I find it valuable to teach the kids to make something great with what’s available. (It doesn’t have to be fancy!)

2. Set a time for snacks every afternoon (or morning and afternoon) so there’s not constant inquiry about snacking. Everyone knows when snacktime will be, and eats enough at mealtime to adjust accordingly.

3. Rotate snacks on a summer calendar so that everyone can see what’s on the menu, and there is no debate about what to have each day.

4. Take turns making or preparing snacks each day. Kids love to cook! Simple snacks are a great way for them to take ownership of what they are serving up to the entire family!

Here are some snack menu ideas from our kitchen…

-popcorn balls

-trail mix

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-ants on a log

-carrots sticks in cucumber cups

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-fruit skewers with yogurt

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-mini nachos (chips/beans/cheese/homemade blender salsa)

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-frozen juice popsicles

-apples and peanut butter cups (they sell little containers for cheap at Walmart)

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-sliced bananas with cinnamon and honey

-deviled eggs

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-cream cheese and shredded carrots pinwheels

What are some easy go-to snacks your family enjoys? How do you manage summertime snacking?