Recipe: Zucchini and Carrot Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

by Cate on December 7, 2016

It’s easy to rethink your definition of “fast food” when you know you can be eating this Zucchini and Carrot Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce dish within ten minutes.


One day last week, through some poor time management and back-to-back-to-back meetings, I ended up walking in my door at 4 pm, having not yet eaten breakfast or lunch.

Sometimes life happens.

And I was sorely tempted to hit a drive-thru on my way home.

Or raid the fridge for some junk to eat to just tide me over until dinner.

But I saw a stack of zucchini on the kitchen counter and pushed all those thoughts out of my head and got to work.

It wasn’t easy to silence those thoughts, because sometimes it’s way easier to stuff your mouth full of crap.

One of the biggest perks to making zucchini noodles is that it seriously takes just minutes. Whether you’re eating them cold or sauteeing them, seriously … minutes. So it’s hard to rationalize that “fast food” would be faster, right? That’s really just the emotional side of your brain talking.

I spiralized a carrot to add to this dish too, to give it a bit of extra color. Because, let’s face it, sometimes just zucchini noodles all the time can get a little boring.

Now the peanut sauce.

I’m a big fan of sesame noodles with peanut sauce. You know, the kind you can order from a Chinese food restaurant. This version is similar to that. Add a handful of pantry ingredients to a small pan, warm it up, mix it well, and heat it until it starts to thicken. Add it to your bowl with your spiralized zucchini (I used two) and carrot (one), and mix together. Add cooked chicken for a heartier meal. Some nuts for a little crunch. Diced scallions for a little extra pop of color. You can’t mess this one up.

Hungry for more zucchini noodle recipes?
This recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Cream Sauce is my number two favorite way to eat zucchini noodles.
And this recipe for Garlic Lovers Shrimp Over Zucchini Noodles is my Number One favorite zoodle recipe.

And tonight’s recipe? Firmly planted in between the above two recipes.

And my spiralizer? Currently using this one and loving it.

Spicy Peanut Sauce
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley

1/3 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon Braggs aminos
1/3 tablespoon Frank’s hot sauce
1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced

Put all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat on medium. Stir to combine and cook slowly until the sauce thickens. Taste for seasoning. If you want it spicier, add more hot sauce? Thicker? Add more peanut butter, Thinner? Add more chicken broth. Pour over your vegetable noodles, mix to combine, and devour.

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