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Vegetables For Sesame Peanut Noodles

Asked by Erin. Answered on 22nd June 2017

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I have had difficulty finding bean sprouts in my local grocery stores after many national recalls. Can you recommend a substitute for the sprouts in the Sesame Peanut Noodles?

Sesame Peanut Noodles
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Sesame Peanut Noodles
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Nigella's Sesame Peanut Noodles recipe (from NIGELLA EXPRESS) is a vegetable and noodle salad with a spicy peanut sauce. The beansprouts are part of a vegetable mixture and if you can't use them raw then it is possible to use other vegetables instead. Canned or jarred beansprouts tend to be very soft and we would not particularly recommend them as an alternative. But you could use another vegetable, or mix of vegetables, of your choice, just bear in mind that as the salad is made in advance you may prefer to use firmer vegetables that will retain their crunch, rather than soft, leafy vegetables which will start to wilt once the dressing has been added.

Carrots cut into matchsticks or shredded into long strips are one option and and will add some extra colour. Thinly sliced celery could also be considered as an alternative or you may like to use a mixture of the two. If you can find raw baby corn cobs then these could be sliced lenghtways into quarters and used. Lightly blanched or steamed broccoli florets could be used if you have some left over in the fridge. Chinese cabbage (Napa cabbage) is a slightly more robust leafy vegetable and so it will retain some crunch and could be shredded and added as well.

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What 2 Others have said

  • I started sprouting mung beans - too many scares, and a whole bag goes soggy before we can finish them. Magic! Its easy, cheaper, and I use them at all stages- barely sprouted into vege or spring soups, add to salads - or to the Sesame noodles. Never going back to bought.

    Posted by dianmari on 27th September 2020
  • A substitute for crisp sprouts that works surprisingly well, even in frozen stir fry meals, is CUCUMBER. True! just julienne a cucumber and chuck it in the frypan... brilliant texture.

    Posted by HeleneM on 23rd June 2017
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