Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Lunch Playdate

I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful group of mama friends.
Not a week goes by that we don't all meet up for something fun at one of our houses and we generally visit the park at least once a week...then there is storytime at the library, La Leche League and all the other fun events around town in which we all enjoy venturing together.

Thursday, we all went to our friend, Amy's house for a fun lunch date.
We each all made something quick, easy and healthy and brought it to share.
We had a wonderful assortment including a FAB Greek salad, noodles w/ peanut sauce (recipe to follow), hummus w/ carrots, pitas w/ feta & mozz served with homemade tzatziki & feta sauces, homemade chewy granola bars and peanut butter cookies. And Landon's extra sweet tea was a nice addition to our meal! 
The kids had a blast as usual and the mamas enjoyed chit chatting.
I especially enjoyed talking about one of my favorite topics...organic foods raised the way nature intended, specifically meats.

 Had I known the chopsticks were going to be such an issue, I wouldn't have let Tripp talk me into letting him take them. But nonetheless, he gobbled up his noodles.

Hen Hen was the lucky recipient of the other pair of chopsticks.


Charlie was smart about it.
He waited until all the big kids were done eating and off playing.
Then, he stealthily climbed up onto the table and helped himself.

Thanks Amy!
We had such a nice time!


Noodles with Peanut Sauce

1/2 cup of chicken stock
3 TB peanut butter
3 TB tamari or soy sauce
1 1/2 TB honey
3 cloves of garlic
2 tsp of lime juice
1 tsp sriracha or other chili paste, optional
1 tsp fresh grated/diced ginger, optional
soba, udon, ramen, vermicelli noodles (spaghetti works as would most any other noodle of your choosing)

Toppings: chopped peanuts, green onion or chives, julienned veggies, bean sprouts, etc


Mix all the ingredients for sauce in a small sauce pan and simmer/stir until combined. Meanwhile, prepare the noodles according to the directions and drain. I like to rinse mine under cold water briefly, so they aren't too sticky, but its optional as well. Pour sauce over noodles and stir. Serve with your choice of toppings but I highly recommend the chopped peanuts if nothing else :) 
Enjoy!

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