This post was really supposed to be a satay with radishes and noodles. Because, I thought I had Almond Butter. I never usually have peanut butter on hand, because of two reasons…
Reason Number ONE: it’s actually cheaper to buy almonds for $4 per pound at Costco than to buy peanuts at the grocery store (usually around $5 or even $6 per pound).
Reason Number TWO: I make it. From scratch. In the Vitamix (a blender).
Eesh. Times are tough.
I THOUGHT I had almond butter. Just a small amount. Somewhere. But, not in the fridge. I searched twice. Then it dawned on me: Almonds. They’re in the fridge. Nope, not in the fridge. Cabinets? Nope. Freezer? Nope. And the list repeated itself at least twice more until I gave up, because lunch would have quickly turned into dinner. Arg.
Instead of going to the store, I wanted to use up the items that I had on hand. Because, they’re fine. They are usable. Substitutions can be made. Tahini took the place of peanut butter and “Tahini Miso Sauce” took the place of “Satay.” Bummer, but still good.
Side Note: If you have peanut butter, use it! And, like the Terminator; this recipe was meant for peanut butter.
Noodles with Radishes, Celery, and Tahini-Miso Sauce
2 and 1/2 cups radishes, cut into small wedges
1/4 cup chopped celery leaves
1 garlic clove, sliced
8 oz. dried noodles – spaghetti or udon
1 Tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon white miso
2 teaspoons sweetener (think: sugar. For an all natural sweetener, add agave syrup or pureed dates)
2 Tablespoons water
salt and pepper to taste
Directions: Cook noodles according to package directions. Five minutes before the timer goes off and they are actually “cooked according to package directions,” add radishes, celery, and garlic. Cook five minutes. Drain water. Place in large serving bowl or mixing bowl.
Meanwhile, make sauce. Put tahini in a small bowl and microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds, just to soften. Stir in miso, water, and sugar. Combine well. Add to noodle mixture in bowl. Stir until combined completely. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Eat and enjoy! Serves 2 really hungry people.