After developing the recipe for Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls (which is delicious!), I’ve been experimenting with other Asian-inspired noodle dishes for the Ninja Cooking System. This recipe for Pork & Noodles with Peanut Sauce had me trying some new things in the kitchen.
1. I typically choose something other than a dish with peanuts out at restaurants. Never been a huge fan of the peanut flavor unless it’s in a classic PB&J. Somehow, the idea of making it into a creamy satay-inspired sauce with coconut milk seemed like the way to go here. And I’d say it was a good idea!
2. I used some vegetables I haven’t often cooked with for this noodle dish. Baby bok choy and edamame typically don’t find their way into our lineup. But we love trying new things. New flavors, new nutrients. These veggies were perfect for the peanut sauce, too.
I’m always tickled when my kids enjoy something that I wouldn’t expect. Veda, not even 2 years old, gobbled up her own little bowl of Pork & Noodles with Peanut Sauce. (She’s even showing some signs of having a tolerance for spicy, although we did not drizzle the Sriracha on her bowl!) I always have to give my kids credit for their willingness to try all the foods I make. So far, they don’t have too many limits!
Pasta in the Ninja Cooking System is so easy and quick. Dinner was on the table in a little over 30 minutes. And we only had one cooking dish to clean up afterwards. That’s my idea of a successful weeknight dinner!
Turn the dial on the Ninja Cooking System to STOVE TOP HIGH and preheat 3 minutes. Add the sesame oil, allowing to heat briefly, and then the pork. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon or other non-scratching utensil, for 8 minutes until pork is no longer pink.
Add the garlic and ginger to the cooker, and cook for a minute, stirring constantly. Next, add the carrots, cooking for an additional 3 minutes.
In the meantime, mix together the peanut butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, and coriander seed. When the vegetables have been cooked, add this seasoning mixture to the cooker and stir to incorporate.
Add the chicken stock and coconut milk to the cooker, and bring to a boil. Turn the dial on the Ninja Cooking System to OVEN at 350℉, and then add the rice noodles. Push the noodles down into the cooking liquid, and lay the bok choy quarters on top of everything. Place the lid on the cooker, and cook for 15 minutes until the noodles are tender. Turn off the cooker and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Gently toss everything together with silicone-tipped tongs.
Top with the green onions, cilantro and Sriracha sauce if desired. Serve and enjoy!
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