We don't have a lot of good takeout options where we live, so whenever I'm craving Thai, Mexican, or Indian, I pretty much have to make it myself. (Or drive an hour.) These Sunbutter Noodles are a recent example of a homemade solution to a craving for the cold sesame noodles I remember getting from a Chinese place when I used to live in NYC. They packed up well for a weekend day out of the house and were impressively filling that I knew we needed to share them here.
This packed meal idea would work well for a daycare or preschool since it's nut-free and easy to make ahead. It also packs some nice vegetarian protein into the meal since buckwheat noodles are rich in both fiber and protein. You can of course use other noodles—rice noodles or even whole grain spaghetti would work—and you can snip them or leave them longer, depending on what will work best for your toddler. (My daughter has recently been getting really upset with me when I cut her noodles since she wants to be just like us and twirl hers...which of course usually results in a royal mess. The buckwheat noodles I had were fairly short so I figured it was nothing a few wipes couldn't handle). Here's the scoop on the rest of the meal.
- Buckwheat noodles*
- Sliced cucumbers
- Sunbutter sauce (which is a variation on this Peanut Sauce recipe, though without the kale)
- Banana chips
- Small apple
This lunch is packed in an Easy Lunchbox and is delicious served cold.
*Straight up buckwheat noodles, unlike ones that have wheat mixed in, are pretty expensive. They are a rare treat in our house, but boy are they delicious (and nutritious). You can find them at a natural grocery store. Otherwise, try rice noodles or your favorite pasta.