Sesame Peanut Noodles

This pasta dish is adapted from Nigella and is perfect for summer weather.  The fresh peas, hearty whole wheat pasta, and creamy peanut butter work well together and make a healthy, yet satisfying meal.  The longest time taking element is boiling the water for the pasta!  Serve it as a main course or side dish for cookouts.

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Sesame Peanut Noodles (makes 1 lb pasta)

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons soy sauce

1/2 tsp red pepper chili flakes

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice

1/2 cup pasta water reserved when draining

lb. whole wheat pasta

2 cups sweet peas, washed and ends trimmed

Boil and cook pasta according to directions on the box.  When draining, save 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

As pasta is draining, whisk together all the over ingredients to make the sauce in a bowl (not peas).

Place the peas and pasta in a large bowl.  Pour dressing on top and mix thoroughly.  I served this at room temperature and chilled.  Both tasted delicious!

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Grilled Chicken with Peanut Butter Sauce

This is one of my all time favorite chicken meals.  The recipe is from Hurricane Restaurant which is located in Kennebunkport, ME.  The marinade and peanut sauce are both easy to make, but the depth of flavor would never suggest that!  I am going to apologize in advance for the lack luster photographs… I was just so excited to dig in that I lost all patience.

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Grilled Chicken with Peanut Butter Sauce (serves 7-8)

Chicken:

1 cup lemon juice

1 cup soy sauce

6 tablespoons chopped garlic

3 lbs chicken breasts

Combine all ingredients.  Place chicken in the marinade.  Let it sit for as long as possible so the flavors meld together.

Char-grill until done.  Serve alongside the sauce.

Sauce:

12 tablespoons peanut butter

6 tablespoons butter

1 1/4 tablespoon crushed red pepper

6 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons lemon juice

3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon sugar

1 1/2 cup heavy cream

Mix the butter, peanut butter, and red pepper in a saucepan over low heat until melted.  Mix all the rest of the other ingredients together.  Slowly stream into peanut butter mixture.  Keep at low heat until everything is warm.

You can add more sugar or crushed red pepper depending on the level of heat you prefer.  If you put the chicken on skewers instead of leaving the breasts whole this is an excellent side dish.

 

 

Asian Inspired Shrimp and Scallop Pasta

This seafood dish will add some variation to your life when compared to the traditional tomato sauce over spaghetti.  The fresh citrus, salty soy sauce, and honey create a deep flavor that is unmatched, and pairs perfectly with shellfish.  Light and delicate it will not make you feel the least bit heavy after eating it.  Experiment with whatever fresh seafood you have.  I particularly like the bay scallops because of their subtle sweetness.  I have also used salmon, which works as well.  Bobby Flay is the creator of this recipe I just prepare it a little differently.

unnamedAsian Inspired Shrimp and Scallop Pasta (serves 4)

1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

2 limes, juiced

6 teaspoons honey

2 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, finely grated

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 cup canola oil, divided

2/3 lb pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 lb bay scallops

1-3 tablespoons butter

1 lb thin spaghetti (or angel hair pasta)

Place a couple tablespoons of butter in a pan at high heat.  Place the scallops in the pan.  Sear on both sides to get some crispiness. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the scallops get golden brown all over (probably around 10-15 minutes).

Boil pot of water.  Put in pasta and cook according to directions.

Mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, honey, ginger, garlic, and canola oil in a large bowl.

Place tablespoon of butter in large skillet/ pan at medium/ high heat.  Pour in the marinade.  Add the shrimp and cook on one side until that side gets pink.  Then flip to cook the other side until it gets pink.

Add in the cooked scallops.  Place the pasta in bowls.  Top with seafood.  Then pour some extra sauce over on top.  Then feast!