August 31, 2013

What's For Dinner...Weight Watchers Thai Style Chilled Noodles with Shrimp

Photo courtesy of Weight Watchers

I absolutely love cooking with seasonal ingredients so with summer coming to a close sooner then later I decided to make a delicious dish with tons of fresh veggies that was Thai inspired.  The recipe I ended up using is from Weight Watchers and the only difference is that I love thin rice noodles over the wider ones so I changed that up as well as added some green curry paste (1 tsp) for even more flavor.

Chilled Thai Noodle and Shrimp Salad with Peanut Dressing

8 oz packaged rice noodles, wide width   
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice   
2 Tbsp water   
1 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce   
1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce   
3 Tbsp light coconut milk   
1/4 tsp sesame oil   
2 Tbsp reduced fat peanut butter, crunchy-variety   
1 Tbsp unpacked light brown sugar   
2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced (about 1 1/2 Tbsp)   
2 Tbsp jalapeƱo pepper(s), or serrano chile, minced (do not touch seeds with bare hands)   
1 Tbsp lemon grass, minced   
2 small uncooked shallot(s), peeled and thinly sliced   
3 Tbsp cilantro, leaves, fresh, picked off the stem and washed   
3 Tbsp mint leaves, fresh, picked off the stem and washed   
2 Tbsp basil, leaves, fresh, washed and torn   
1/4 cup(s) (shredded) cooked green cabbage, shredded   
1/4 cup(s) uncooked red cabbage, shredded   
1/4 cup(s) shredded carrot(s)   
8 oz uncooked shrimp, frozen, peeled, precooked, thawed and cut in half lengthwise   
2 medium uncooked scallion(s), thinly sliced on a diagonal  

Fill a large, deep pot with very hot tap water. Add noodles and cover; set aside.

To make dressing, combine lime juice, water, fish sauce, soy sauce, coconut milk, oil, peanut butter and sugar in a medium bowl; whisk until well-combined.

Add garlic, jalapeno, lemon grass and shallot to same bowl; mix to combine. Add cilantro, mint, basil, both cabbages and carrots; mix again to combine.

Taste a noodle to see if they are ready. They should be slightly al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water. Add noodles to bowl and toss to coat. Add shrimp and scallions; mix again and let sit for at least 10 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator. Yields about 1 1/3 cups per serving.