“I love trying new dishes,” says Ariel Horowitz of Somerville, Massachusetts. “My boyfriend Garth is a vegetarian and I eat meat but am picky about vegetables so dating him has really caused me to broaden my horizons. I’m trying to learn to cook different cuisines—from Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Jewish to Thai and Asian fusion. I hope to start trying Indian food soon!”
Ariel’s Peanut Noodles are a hit with Garth and their friends who come over for dinner about once a week. Ariel loves that the flavors taste even more wonderful when she makes the recipe ahead of time, which often works out perfectly with her class schedule.
“My favorite dinners to have with my boyfriend, honestly, are any ones where I’m not rushed,” says Ariel, who also volunteers at a women’s health clinic. “We do every sort of dinner, from an entree and salad and sides at the table, to homemade pizza and root beer while watching a movie.
“I am thankful to have someone so caring and generous in my life. My boyfriend makes me feel special and loved.”
This recipe from Ariel Horowitz makes for a nice meatless meal or a spicy side dish.
Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain well. While the pasta is cooking, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, rice wine vinegar and mirin (to measure the peanut butter easily, measure the sesame oil into a spoon and pour into 1/2 cup measure to coat the sides, then measure out the peanut butter with the oil-coated cup). Add the SPICES 1/4 tsp. at a time, whisking between additions. Gradually add the oil until the mixture has a sauce-like consistency as opposed to being thick and sticky (how much oil this takes depends on the kind of peanut butter used). Stir in the scallions and nuts. Add the pasta and stir to coat. Chill and serve.Prep. time: 10 minutes
Nutritional Information: Servings 6;
Serving Size 1 cup (119g); Calories 450; Calories from fat 230; Total fat 26g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 430mg; Carbohydrate 44g; Dietary Fiber 9g.