Southeast Asian-Flavored Cold Noodles with Tempeh

This spicy, nutty platter of cold noodles is an amalgam of Indonesian and Thai-influenced ingredients and seasonings.

Serves: 6 to 8

Tempeh croutons:

  • 1 tablespoon safflower or other neutral vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon natural soy sauce or tamari
  • 8-ounce package tempeh, diced
  • Pinch of chili powder

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup natural-style peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • Sriracha sauce or dried hot red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons natural soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup hot water
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  • 8 ounces soba or udon noodles (or substitute linguine)
  • 8 ounces fresh slender green beans or thawed frozen organic whole green beans
  • 2 carrots, cut into thick matchsticks
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped peanuts, optional

Slowly heat the oil and soy sauce together in a wide skillet. Add the tempeh and sauté over medium heat, stirring frequently, until nicely browned and crisp. Sprinkle lightly with chili powder, and remove from the heat.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk together. Set aside.

Cook the noodles in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente. Once the noodles are just about done, plunge the green beans and carrots into the water and cook for another minute. Drain and rinse under cool water, then drain well again.

Transfer the noodles and veggies to a large serving bowl. Add the tempeh, scallions, cilantro, and peanuts, if desired. Pour in the dressing, toss well, and serve.

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