Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Work with it Wednesday - Bean & Noodle Salad

Well, its the 4th day of Vegan Mofo already, and I must admit this daily theme had me thinking for a while. What Vegan food do I not love? Then it came to me I don't like peanut butter, in fact I detest it. Hubby likes it on toast and the smell is enough to put me off alone. When a dollop lodges itself on my finger after making him toast, and I forgetfully lick my finger, I retch!

Am I the only vegan out there who doesn't like peanut butter? Perhaps if I made my own I would like it better? I'm saving for my very own vitamix so I can try just that. Well, not just that! I've been wanting one for ages, they seem to be the blender to own!

OK, so I hate peanut butter, so how on earth am I going to create a dish that contains the gruesome paste that it is, which I will not just tolerate but enjoy. I needed other flavours and textures to take over. Enter satay sauce! How can I not like peanut butter but love satay sauce?

I needed something for lunch to take to work that involved satay sauce and beans, yep you remember my month of blogging is about beans. After looking through my cupboards and fridge I decided on a noodle and bean salad and I was so pleased with the results.


150g Green beans (not runner beans)
½ Red pepper
½ Yellow pepper
150g Rice noodles
2 Tbsp Peanut butter
2 Tbsp Soy sauce
2 Tbsp Sweet chilli sauce
1 Tbsp Sesame oil
1 Tbsp Olive oil
1 Tbsp Lemon juice
Handful of sesame seeds

Makes 3 servings


Blance the green beans in boiling water for two minutes. You still want a bit of bite but not completely raw. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside to cool, then pat dry with kitchen roll.

Meanwhile cook the noodles as per the packet instructions and run under cold water again to stop the cooking process. Spritz with a little oil spray to stop them sticking together.

Thinly slice the red and yellow pepper and halve length ways the green beans.

In a bowl add the peanut butter, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, sesame oil, olive oil and lemon juice and work to a paste that's runny enough to pour. If it needs to be a little thinner add water or a little more soy sauce.

In a large bowl add a third of the noodles, topped with a third of the mixed peppers and a third of the beans. Pour over a third of the satay sauce and continue layering until all noodles, vegetables and sauce has been used. Carefully turn the mixture with a spatula ensuring all the noodles and vegetables are coated. Separate into containers and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Enjoy! The remaining portions will last in the fridge for another 2 days, so you have a packed lunch already prepared.


  1. Wow, Jasmine, I do not think I have ever met a person who doesn't like peanut butter. Your lunch looks yummy.

    1. Thanks India! My hatred of peanut butter stems from a kids party where we played a game where we were blind folded and had to guess the food that my friends Mum spooned into our mouths! Weird game huh? I was actually sick after tasting the peanut butter and I suppose that has stayed with me forever! I think it's the texture as much as the taste :)

  2. This looks delicious, I already love peanut butter a lot and for me the challenging part would be the peppers!

    1. I know you don't like chillis or anything spicy but peppers too? They're so sweet, especially the red ones. Even Marco (my dog) goes crazy for a bit of raw red pepper :)


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