Noodle Pool

by Sara on October 7, 2011

Happy Friday!

This week has whizzed by! I wasn’t planning to post today, but then this happened at breakfast.

And it would have been a crime not to share.

But before I do share, I want to know, did you celebrate National Noodle Day yesterday?


Truth be told, I had every intention of skipping this special holiday. Sure, I love noodles, but I don’t typically make them the focal point of my meals. I like to build my plate around protein and veggies and then “accessorize” with starches.

So, on my way home from work yesterday, my non-National Noodle Day-celebrating ba-humbug self stopped at Whole Foods to pick up the building block of my meal: salmon.

As I was waiting in line to order my fish from the fish guy (yeah, okay, I know the technical term is monger, but I can’t stand that word!), I heard a couple arguing about what they were going to watch on on TV that evening. Girlfriend wanted Patch Adams. Boyfriend wanted some boxing fight.

Is there really an argument here? Peace, health, smiles and noodles beat punching and biting any day.


The suggestion of Patch Adams made me remember my favorite scene (<—click to watch) from the movie:


How fun would it be to swim in a pool of noodles?!

Okay, that probably won’t happen anytime soon, but I most definitely CAN sink my face in a bowl of pasta…anytime I want.

Which is just what I did. I ditched the salmon and instead went for Jovial Foods Brown Rice Spaghetti.

I made a high protein peanut sauce by combining the following:

  • 1/4 cup peanut flour
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp water

I poured the sauce on top of a hot serving of noodles and garnished it with scallions and sesame seeds.

Peanut Sesame Noodles

So satisfying.

Using peanut flour is a sneaky, yet scrumptious way to add protein to an entree.

And it also makes a fantastic filling in breakfast crepes.

I usually roll with egg scrambles in the morning, but I was pining for something a bit out of the ordinary today.

The crepe was still warm when I slathered on the honey and peanut butter/flour, which made them melt. Mmm.

***Banana Peanut Breakfast Crepe***

1/2 ripe banana

1 tbsp gluten free flour (I used coconut flour)

Half scoop protein powder

2 – 3 tbsp almond milk (adjust accordingly, batter needs to be on the runny side)

1/4 cup egg whites (or 1 egg)

1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a skillet coated with cooking spray, and cook until slightly brown on each side.

For the filling: 1/2 banana, thinly sliced, peanut butter (1 tbsp peanut butter + 1 tbsp peanut flour + water), drizzle of honey


It was a fantastic way to begin a Friday. :)

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll be back Monday to announce the winner of my Sweet & Salty Bar Giveaway! (If you haven’t yet entered, click here!)

Note to add: It’s Monday and I’m running around like a mad woman…May not get that post up until Tuesday!


What’s your favorite noodle?

When I was young, my answer would have been macaroni, hands down. However, now I like my pasta loooong and lean. Angel hair is my favorite!

Do you have any quirky dream fantasies, like swimming in a pool of noodles?

  • Shannon @ Healthiful Balance

    Your breakfast looks SO SO delicious! :)
    Yay for national noodle day! I had noodles for lunch today :)
    Haha, a noodle pool? Sounds awesome šŸ˜€

  • Cara @ Chic Meets Healthy

    my mouth is literally watering! haha and we were just talking about crepes at work today. yes, thats a little strange but we were talking about funny things to pass out at kids soccer games.

    i had stuffed shells for lunch and dinner yesterday so i am noodled out! until i make some butternut squash lasagna :)

    • Sara Stewart

      I talk about food at work all day, so it’s definitely not strange to me! Haha, those kids would be pretty lucky if they received crepes at their game!

      Butternut squash lasagna sounds sooo good!

  • Julie

    Okay, I want both the crepe and the noodles right now. Gah. Why can’t we eat through our screens? I’ve begun to think that food blogging is borderline torture. :-p

    My favorite noodle is fusili, and yes, I’d love to swim in a pool of noodles! Love that scene from Patch Adams! xoxo

    • Sara Stewart

      I SO wish I could eat through my screen! And I agree with you about fusili–it’s twisty and fun!

  • Natalie

    I love crepes, but I’ve never made them with protein powder. Such a great idea! I completely missed National Noodle Day. Maybe I’ll make that peanut sauce this weekend and pour it on top of pasta. :-)

  • Meg Bailey

    That was my favorite part of patch adams too! My favorite noodle is bowtie!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    my favorite noodle is angel hair pasta too! I love the texture when i’m eating it! and the only weird dream I have is wanting to fly, like peter pan kind of fly. I used to have dreams when I was younger that I could!

    • Sara Stewart

      I’ve always had that dream too! I can’t imagine anything more invigorating!

  • lindsay cotter

    noooodle poool! i love it. I would swim in a pumpkin pool. I love that crepe woman. I hope we get to share a meal like that sometime, and maybe a kombucha.

    • Sara Stewart

      I hope so too! Maybe I’ll have to come visit you in New Zealand! <3

  • Allyson Bunker

    Those crepes look so yummy! I’m in your city right now. :)

    • Sara Stewart

      No way! How long will you be here?! Want to grab coffee?

  • Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I love pasta! I love spaghetti but only eat it on special occasions. I think there are way too many ‘national XX days’ – it seems like every day there is something I should be chowing down on! Most of the foods aren’t the healthiest either, which is not helping the obesity epidemic!!

    • Sara Stewart

      Haha, I know. Why don’t we have National Asparagus days?

  • Kathryn @ Flopoodle

    Crepes are one of those things I almost never think to make, yet I love so much! Thanks for the reminder :)

    I also like angel hair because it’s so delicate!

    • Sara Stewart

      Crepes are definitely one of life’s simple pleasures. Let me know if you make them!

  • Sally

    Do you remember the peanut butter noodles you loved when you were young? :) I like pasta in any shape, but linguine is always a favorite…maybe with puttanesca sauce (just had it last night).

    • Sara Stewart

      I loooved those noodles! It might be time to do a “favorite childhood lunch food” flashback. :-)

  • julie

    what a great idea for a peanut savory sauce! i’m always looking for new fun ways to eat peanut flour besides frozen and in breakfast haha so that’s GENIUS. hope you had a lovely weekend filled with LOTS of delicious bfast crepes!

  • fashion fitness foodie

    drooooooooooooling over that crepe!!! i love peanut flour sauce on pancakes etc but never thought to use them in noodles!!

    I dont think i’m coming home until christmas :( Will you be there??

    • Sara Stewart

      I’m going home too! :-( I think I’m coming back around New Years though…maybe you’ll still be here?

  • Katie healthy diva


    I love you! Your comment was the sweetest damn comment I think I have ever got, you are the greatest friend ever and I truly am so grateful for our friendship!! I love you to pieces! You have a huge heart and that is why I think we connected so much in the first place, and you are also pretty damn cool ; ) oh and you being addicted to the same things As me makes me love our friendship more!!

    Your crepes look amazing, seriously amazing sauce makes something over the top! Love it!

    I want to swim in guacamole! Hahahah!! Gross I know!

    Love you! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for being such a wonderful friend!!

  • Soo @ Little Miss Fitness

    I love noodles! My favorite are bowties! I think I just like the name. :)

    I’ve actually never seen Patch Adams! I need to…looks so good.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Sara!

  • Liz @ Iheartvegetables

    Haha I like what you said about accessorizing with starches! I feel the same way! This sauce looks incredible though and of course I love peanut flour!

  • Jenn peas and crayons

    Ill build you a pool of noodles :) haha! Looooooove your newest breakfast creation!!! Esp bc I walrus…wait did my phone just type walrus? Anywho! Bc I always have the ingredients on hand! :) love youuuuu!!!

  • Michelle @oats n’ bows

    Those crepes are ART! I love crepes :) My mom is Hungarian, so she makes the hungarian version all the time, called Palascinta. And we just figured out how to make them GF! so good :)

  • Thehealthyapron

    I missed Nat’l Noodle Day! bummer! I will make up for it tonight with homemade mac n cheese!

  • LaurBiochemista

    Finally got around to making this crepe :) My protein powder is terrible for baking (the new SunWarrior) so I used 1/2 c egg whites and only a tbsp protein powder. So good!!!! Thanks for the recipe!

    Miss u lady!

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