This is for all my fellow Heal Your Headache dieters who miss their spicy peanut noodles…or in my case the spicy soba cashew chicken from that Noodle Wave in the strip mall. I’ve had a really difficult time giving up Asian food. Without being able to use migraine triggers like fish sauce, peanuts, cashews, soy, mirin, or most srirachas you’re kind of up a creek without a paddle.
Before we get started let me put a little disclaimer here that this is a more advanced HYH recipe. Technically you’re not allowed to have coconut on the HYH diet and some do have an issue with it. However many do not and it’s allowed on the much more strict, Charleston diet. If you’ve been doing really well in your progress and you MUST have a soy sauce replacement, try coconut aminos. I’m linking to this one at Thrive because they’re half the price of Amazon. Coconut aminos are considered the best soy sauce substitute, but some people do find it sweet. To balance this, I usually use less sweetener in a recipe and add more salt. I encourage you to try your sauce before you add more of either.
Srirachas without Sulfites
Let’s also take a quick study into sriracha. Your basic sriracha that you can find anywhere contains these ingredients: chili, sugar, salt, garlic, distilled vinegar, potassium sorbate, sodium bisulfite and xanthan gum. Not great. Let’s say you’re horrible with sulfites but can tolerate tiny amounts of xanthan gum and citric acid – Sky Valley is your pick. Maybe you’re terrible with all of the above, but can tolerate minor amounts of citrus? Yellowbird is super clean but has tangerine and lime concentrate. **UPDATE** Yellowbird’s Blue Agave Sriracha (found at Whole Foods) is no longer safe! Or you could go with Shark brand, the cleanest of the bunch of which I’ve only been able to locate on Amazon **UPDATE Shark now has xanthan gum…ugh**. It contains chili, sugar, garlic, salt, and vinegar. My personal favorite is Lingham’s which I’ve been able to find at Whole Foods or on Amazon. Lingham’s has xanthan gum as the very last ingredient, but it doesn’t seem to bother me. Perhaps because you’re using such a small amount. I should probably look into a recipe where you can make your own for a future post!
Gluten Free Buckwheat Noodles
A faux spicy peanut salad recipe. Leave out the chicken for a filling vegetarian option! True buckwheat noodles are naturally gluten free. Check your labels to make sure it's not a less expensive, mixed version.
- 1/3 cup sunflower seed butter I find some sunbutters are sweeter than others. I like Trader Joe's (which is a bit salty) or Sunbutter Organic (no sugar or salt)
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1-1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp dried ginger or 1 tsp fresh
- 2 small garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp sriracha of your choice can sub 1.5tsp red pepper flakes
- 5-6 tbsp water
- 1 tsp kosher salt *may need to adjust
- 1 tbsp honey *may need to adjust
- 11oz soba noodles
- 1 lb grilled or cooked chicken sliced or shredded
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 3-4 chopped green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 3/4 cup red cabbage shredded
- carrots sliced thin I used a handful of baby carrots but can use around 2 full size
- toasted sunflower seeds if you like a little crunch
Heat a large pot of water on medium high till it comes to a boil.
Place all the ingredients for the sauce except water, salt, and honey in a food processor (or whisk yourself) and blend together. Add water 1 tbsp at a time till you reach desired consistency. It should be a little thick. Taste and see if it needs salt and honey depending on the flavor of your sunbutter. I find they range quite dramatically in flavor! Mine was unsalted and unsweeted so I used the above amounts.
Add soba noodles to boiling water and cook according to package directions. Mine was 7-8 minutes. Err on the lower side...you do not want to overcook these.
Place all the chopped veggies, soba noodles, and chicken in a large bowl and toss with about half of the sunbutter sauce. If you need more, add the rest. I had some leftover! It makes for a great dipping sauce or salad dressing.