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29 Aug 12:00

Satay Chicken Noodle Salad

by Mel

Fast, simple, and flavorful, this chicken and noodle salad – with all the yummy flavors of delicious satay sauce – is one of my favorite weeknight meals! Plus, the leftovers, straight from the fridge, are insanely good.

Satay Noodle Salad

First up today, thanks to all of you who have purchased a Simple Weeknight Dinners eCookbook! Your support and response has been amazing. As you probably know, everyone who bought a book Thursday and Friday of last week were entered to win a hand-crafted nativity set that I brought back from Ghana. I’m excited to announce the winner…Pam B.! I’ve sent an email already so if you see it, Pam, email me back! 🙂 Thanks again to everyone who has purchased a book so far; I hope you love the recipes!

Satay Noodle Salad

Now. Let me tell you about this amazing satay chicken noodle salad.

It’s fast (20- or 30- minutes).

It’s delicious (these curry/Thai/satay flavors get me every time).

It makes the best leftovers (or make-ahead lunch or dinner) in the universe.

I’ve gushed over savory peanut sauces before. You know I love ’em. And I certainly know I love ’em. But throwing that delectable satay sauce over tender noodles, curried chicken, and crunchy vegetables is about the most perfect combination ever.

Satay Noodle Salad

If you care to leave a comment, I’m really curious to know: are you a peanut sauce fan?

What about curry?

Can we have a little informal survey here? I pinky swear we can be still friends no matter where your opinion falls.

This satay chicken noodle salad really is spectacular. It’s perfect for hectic weeknights when I’m wondering how I’ll ever get dinner on the table again (sidenote: I have a post coming up to tackle this very issue; hooray!). It’s fast enough to throw together quickly when you need it OR even better, it can be made ahead of time and eaten straight from the refrigerator.

Satay Noodle Salad

I packed it in little containers stashed in a cooler for a road trip I took a few weeks ago with a couple friends, and we devoured it at about 6:47 p.m., while driving in the middle of nowhere Idaho on our way to Bear Lake when there wasn’t even a soggy gas station sandwich to be spied for miles and miles.

I thought our rave reviews were because we were deliriously hungry (we were running late for our scheduled arrival time and hadn’t eaten in hours!), but later, when I was back home and made it for my family, it was as delicious as I had remembered (although a little easier to eat since I wasn’t trying to drive and balance it on my lap).

If you love Thai satay sauce flavors, this one is a no-brainer. And if you don’t? I’m still almost certain you will. It is that delicious.

Satay Noodle Salad

Satay Chicken Noodle Salad

Yield: Serves 6

Satay Chicken Noodle Salad

Natural peanut butter works great - the sauce will have more grit to it than if using creamy peanut butter, but it's still delicious.

The greens in the salad are very adaptable. It's best to have something sturdy - like cabbage or kale - so it doesn't wilt as the salad sits (because the leftovers are amazing) but you could probably even experiment using spinach or romaine, especially if you are eating it up right away. I like to use a shredded cabbage and kale mix from Trader Joe's.

I'm a broken record about this but my favorite curry powder is the sweet curry powder from Penzey's - just make sure to love the taste of whatever curry powder you use.

One key to this salad is to slice that chicken extra thin. It cooks quickly and absorbs a ton of yummy flavor!

Ingredients

    Satay Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, natural or regular
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha or chili paste, more to taste if you want extra heat
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 2/3 cup light coconut milk
  • Salt, to taste
  • Chicken:
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder (see note above)
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil or other cooking oil, like vegetable, avocado, coconut
  • Salad:
  • 10 to 12 ounces spaghetti noodles or fresh egg noodles (depending on how noodle-y you want the salad)
  • 2 cups shredded green or red cabbage (or a combo)
  • 2 cups chopped kale (see note above)
  • 1 large carrot, grated on the large holes of a box grater (about 1/2 to 1 cup)
  • Chopped peanuts, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a blender and process until smooth. Set aside (this can be done several days in advance and refrigerated).
  2. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. While the noodles cook, toss the chicken with the salt, pepper, curry powder, and soy sauce.
  4. Heat the oil (sesame oil is my favorite for this recipe!) in a large, 12-inch nonstick skillet until rippling and hot.
  5. Add the chicken in a single layer and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, 3-4 minutes.
  6. In a large bowl, toss the prepared noodles with the cabbage, kale, and carrots. Add the chicken. Pour over the dressing and toss to combine.
  7. Serve immediately (although this also makes great leftovers straight from the fridge).
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http://www.melskitchencafe.com/satay-chicken-noodle-salad/
Printed from Mel\'s Kitchen Cafe (www.melskitchencafe.com)

Recipe Source: adapted from Recipe Tin Eats (increased and adapted the overall recipe to serve make more than 3-4 servings, used spaghetti noodles, subbed in kale/cabbage mix instead of just cabbage and a bunch of other little changes)

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19 Feb 05:45

Grow Your Own Easter Basket Grass

by Crystal Underwood
Growing your own Easter basket grass is really easy, and it is a fun activity for the kids.  My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow!  It takes a couple of weeks for the grass to fully grow, so I recommend starting this project a few weeks before Easter.

Grow Your Own 
Easter Basket Grass
Growing Easter basket grass- a fun project for the kids! My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow! { This takes a few weeks so you will want to do this a bit before Easter}





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Materials
                                 

Note:  You want to make sure you use fast growing grass seed.  It can be purchased at Home Depot, Walmart, or on Amazon here or here.  Plastic plant saucers can also be purchased on Amazon here and here.

Method
  • Fill your plant saucer about halfway with potting soil
Growing Easter basket grass is really easy and a fun project for the kids!  My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow!

  • Pat the dirt down a bit with your hand, and then cover the dirt with quick grow grass seed
Growing Easter basket grass is really easy and a fun project for the kids!  My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow!

  • Press the seeds into the dirt, and then fill the saucer with more dirt
Growing Easter basket grass is really easy and a fun project for the kids!  My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow!

  • Place your plant saucer in a sunny window, and water it daily.  You should begin seeing sprouts in 3-5 days
Growing Easter basket grass is really easy and a fun project for the kids!  My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow!
Growing Easter basket grass is really easy and a fun project for the kids!  My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow!

  • Once the grass sprouts it grows really quickly.  This is what our grass looked like after one week
Growing Easter basket grass is really easy and a fun project for the kids!  My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow!

Rosie and Jewel loved watering the grass everyday, and they really enjoyed watching it grow

Growing Easter basket grass is really easy and a fun project for the kids!  My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow!

You should have enough grass for your Easter basket in a little over a week, but you can grow it longer if you prefer.  The longer it is left to grow the fuller the grass will become


Growing Easter basket grass is really easy and a fun project for the kids!  My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow!

Grow Your Own Easter Basket Grass
A Simple & Fun Activity for Kids
Growing Easter basket grass is really easy and a fun project for the kids!  My girls loved watering their grass and watching it grow!

Other Activities You Might Enjoy:

          Peeps Play Dough   Quicksand Dough         Magnetic Slime   
How to make PEEPS play dough- what a fun way to use some of that Easter candy the kids are sure to have too much of!   Amazing quicksand play dough - it is mold-able but turns to liquid when kids hands are still.  This recipe for play requires just a couple ingredients and NO COOKING!   Take slime play to a whole new level with amazing magnetic slime.  This recipe only takes five minutes to make and requires just a few materials, making it an easy way to WOW the kids!