Keep The Fast: Peanut Noodle Pasta Salad

peanut noodle pasta salad

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I’ll admit it. I have trouble keeping the fast. Between the array of temptations on every corner to just being lazy, it’s so easy to just say you’ll try harder next time.

But it’s supposed to be difficult to keep the fast. This isn’t a lifestyle choice or a diet. It’s a discipline that takes time to incorporate into your life. As I’ve noted before, I’m not there yet.

What makes it harder for me is that I don’t come from a tradition of fasting or vegetarian diet. I wasn’t brought up eating Greek food or anything that might be called vegan. Southern cooking adds ham to everything, including vegetables. And they don’t serve tofu at Cracker Barrel, folks.

As we’ve grown more accustomed to fasting, my family has started accumulating recipes that are fast-friendly to help us keep the fast without making it a drudgery. Fasting is not something we have to do, it’s something we get to do.

My wife found the recipe below by watching Tasty videos. She loves those things, and made this one earlier this week. It was fantastic. It’s full of buttery, nutty goodness, along with the crisp bite of the peppers and the garlicky bite of the Sriracha sauce. I had leftovers just before writing this, and if you ask me, it’s even better the next day.

(If you’re paying attention you’ll notice we’re eating fast-friendly food on non-fast days. Progress, people!)

Try this one out the next time you keep the fast, and let me know what you thought of it. If you’ve got a recipe you’d like us to try, and maybe feature here, send it to me!

Peanut Noodle Pasta Salad
Serves 8
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402 calories
59 g
0 g
14 g
17 g
3 g
480 g
732 g
8 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 402
Calories from Fat 123
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 732mg
Total Carbohydrates 59g
Dietary Fiber 15g
Sugars 8g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  2. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  3. 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  4. 1 tbsp sesame oil
  5. 2 tbsp Sriracha
  6. 1/4 cup water
  7. 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  8. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  9. 2 tbsp brown sugar
  10. 1 box whole grain linguine (or any pasta)
  11. 1 cup carrots, finely cut into matchsticks
  12. 2 cucumbers, shaved using vegetable peeler
  13. 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into strips
  14. 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced into strips
  15. 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  16. 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  17. 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to instructions on the box. Drain and run cooked pasta under cold water to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, Sriracha, water, minced ginger, minced garlic, and brown sugar.
  3. Combine pasta with sliced vegetables. Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables and mix well. Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving. Garnish with chopped cilantro and peanuts. Enjoy!
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