Almond butter gives noodles a healthy boost
Cold peanut noodles already are among the healthier choices when it comes to Asian takeout, yet there still is plenty of room for improvement.
While nuts are an excellent protein and can be part of a healthful diet, peanut butter is relatively high in fat and calories, but turning this decadent noodle dish into a meal rich in nutrients, complex carbohydrates and healthier fats is easy when you make it from scratch.
For extra fiber and nutrients in our chili-lime almond butter noodles, whole-wheat fettuccine is used instead of white pasta. And don’t get stuck on shape; any variety of whole-grain pasta can be substituted. Next, the sauce is made with almond butter (for the extra nutritional punch they offer over peanut butter) spiked with tangy lime juice, spicy chili-garlic sauce and minced fresh ginger. The entire dish gets a nutritional bonus with the addition of a substantial amount of filling, low-in-calorie, but high-in-nutrient vegetables, which for convenience are cooked in the same water as the pasta.
Look for chili-garlic sauce in the Asian section of your market, or in a pinch substitute a few cloves of minced garlic and crushed pepper flakes to taste.