Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Recipes | 2 comments

Quick Dinner Ideas Dan Dan Noodles

by Xiomara Meeks – As a busy mom, I’m always looking for quick dinner ideas.  One of my recent finds is Dan Dan Noodles.  I found this recipe in chowhound after searching for ground pork recipes.  It turns out the block of frozen ground “meat” in my freezer was not ground pork, but ground turkey.  No matter.  It worked just fine.  In fact, I recently made it again with ground beef and it was great too.

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Word of warning, if you don’t like peanut butter, this is not the dish for you.  After making this dish, we recently found out our youngest daughter does not like peanut butter.  How is this possible?  I thought all children loved peanut butter.  But I digress.

Quick Dinner Ideas Dan Dan Noodles
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Quick dinner for 4 with a thai/chinese peanut butter sauce.
Recipe type: quick dinner ideas
Cuisine: thai, chinese
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • Salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 bunch of schallions, diced
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Cook your pasta per package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of cooking water.
  2. Combine turkey, 2 Tbsp vinegar, 1 Tbsp soy sauce and chili garlic sauce in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk broth, peanut butter, oyster sauce, remaining vinegar and remaining soy sauce.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey mixture and cook about 5 minutes. Add ginger until fragrant. Add broth mixture and simmer for another 5 minutes or so, until it thickens.
  4. Combine cooked pasta with ground meat in the pan. Add reserved cooking water as needed.
  5. Top with carrots, scallions, cilantro and lime juice.


Apart from being quick and tasting amazing, the ingredients in this recipe are easily found at your local grocery store.  In order to make it a more “round” meal, I added shredded carrots and green onions.  We also sprinkled it with fresh lime juice.  Next time I make it, I’ll probably add bean sprouts.

For another version of this dish, check out Food Network’s version.


What are some of your quick dinner ideas?

Do you know someone who doesn’t like peanut butter?



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by Xiomara (182 Posts)

Hi! I'm Xiomara. My love for strawberries started at a young age. As a child growing up in Puerto Rico, eating strawberries was a special treat. Fast forward to 2007, we packed our home and moved to Plant City, the winter strawberry capital of the world.



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2 Responses to “Quick Dinner Ideas Dan Dan Noodles”

  1. I love peanut butter. And that’s the problem -I am also on Weight Watchers. This is a quick and easy dinner, and uses ground turkey, a WW staple. So I am thinking of substituting something called PB2 (a dried, defatted, peanut powder) for some of the peanut butter – and see what happens.

  2. Jamie @Momma Without a Clue says:

    Hmm I’n not so sure about this one (not a peanut butter fan) but may try making it for my fiance – he’s the kind of guy that will eat peanut butter straight from the jar!

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