Three mounds of Asian noodles with green garnishes

Crafted to Meet Your Craving

These vegetable bowls bring a lot of variation to this quick, simple, and versatile Thai peanut sauce. Whether you prefer noodles or rice with your favorite veggies, these bowls are loaded with protein and flavor—perfect for a speedy meal. You are limited only by your imagination to create other delicious combinations. Because the sauce freezes well, you can make a larger batch to use for future lunches.

Prep Instructions

  • Yield: Bowl: 1 (2 cup) serving; peanut sauce: 4 (1/3 cup) servings
  • Prep Time: 5–8 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10–13 minutes

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup no-salt nut butter (peanut or almond)
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder, packed into measure
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweetener, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
  • Red pepper flakes or chili paste, optional


  1. Dissolve cornstarch in water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in saucepan or kettle. Cook and stir until thickened. The density of the coconut milk will vary, so if your sauce seems too thick, add a tablespoon of water.
  3. Bowl Variations
    • Spinach-Tofu Bowl with Peanut Sauce:
      • In a large bowl, layer 2/3 cup cooked brown rice, 1/2 cup cubed firm tofu, and 1–1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, topped with 1/3 cup warm peanut sauce. (Tofu cubes can be eaten plain, “fried” in a nonstick pan with a little soy sauce or baked to absorb extra moisture and firm up.)
    • Broccoli-Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce:
      • Mix 3/4 cup whole-grain angel-hair pasta, spaghetti, or noodles with 1 cup steamed broccoli and 1/3 cup sauce.
    • Kale-Rice Bowl with Peanut Sauce:
      • Combine 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, 2/3 cup kale-cabbage mix, chopped red onion (to taste), and 1/3 cup warmed sauce. Other variations include freshly grated cabbage and carrots with sliced spinach or a chopped kale salad mix on a bed of rice.

Nutritional Data (Spinach-Tofu Bowl with Peanut Sauce):

calories 419.84

fat 17.05g

saturated fat 3.81g

cholesterol 0mg

sodium 362.36mg

carbohydrates 43.16g

fiber 8.06g

sugars 1.78g

protein 23.48g

Nutritional Data (Broccoli-Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce):

calories 369.30

fat 10.85g

saturated fat 2.56g

cholesterol 0mg

sodium 383.32mg

carbohydrates 57.85g

fiber 12.23g

sugars 3.95g

protein 15.19g

Nutritional Data (Kale-Rice Bowl with Peanut Sauce):

calories 241.78

fat 9.60g

saturated fat 2.32g

cholesterol 0mg

sodium 316.33mg

carbohydrates 33.16g

fiber 3.68g

sugars 2.09g

protein 7.88

Nutritional Data (Peanut Sauce) listed below

Nutritional Data

Calories: 110.70
Fat: 8.80 g
Saturated Fat: 2.16 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 296.06 mg
Carbohydrates: 5.29 g
Fiber: 0.85 g
Sugars: 1.78 g
Protein: 4.11 g
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