photo: My Kitchen Love

Vegetarian eating doesn’t have to be boring! This recipe from My Kitchen Love is totally kid-approved and healthy to boot. If your little one isn’t a fan of broccoli, you can sub in green beans, but either way, they’ll love the garlicky peanut sauce that brings the dish together.

1 x 8 oz (230 g) package soba noodles, cooked as per package directions and 1/4 cup pasta water reserved
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2-1 garlic clove, finely grated or chopped (start with 1/2 of a clove and then add more once you’ve tasted the sauce)
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lime juice
1 large head of broccoli, chopped into bite size pieces (or substitute green beans)
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to season
Optional garnishes: crushed peanuts and chopped cilantro

1. Preheat oven to 400° F.

2. Cook soba noodles as per package instructions, usually 8-10 minutes in boiling water. Immediately before draining, set aside 1/4 cup of water.

3. Meanwhile, toss broccoli with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.

4. For the sauce, place peanut butter, garlic, soy, lime juice, and reserved 1/4 cup of water (from noodles) in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined.

5. Toss cooked noodles with peanut sauce until noodles are coated with sauce. Serve with roasted broccoli and optional garnishes if desired.

If replacing broccoli with green beans, simply add them to the soba noodles with 2-3 minutes left in the cooking process. Drain and toss with noodles and peanut sauce.

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This recipe comes from Samantha of My Kitchen Love. Be sure to visit her website for more kid-approved meal ideas, from smoothies to sweets and everything in between.