Healthy Eating: Long-life noodles

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A fabulous meal to celebrate the New Year with your friends. Ask each guest to bring one topping to lighten the work. The long noodles symbolize long life!

Peanut sauce:

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup hot water

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 green onions, sliced

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Topping and pasta:

5 ounces snow peas

1 cucumber, cut into quarters, seeded (optional)

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups fresh bean sprouts

2 cups julienned fresh spinach (optional)

2 large carrots, shredded

4 green onions, diagonally sliced

18 ounces fresh linguini

Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor container. Process until smooth.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Prepare the following toppings and arrange on a serving platter. Steam the snow peas in a steamer until tender; drain. Then slice the snow peas lengthwise into thin strips. Cut the cucumber crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Spray a small nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the eggs into the prepared skillet, tilting to cover the bottom to form a thin pancake. Cook over medium heat until firm, turning once; do not stir. Invert onto a place. Cut the egg pancake into thin strips. Add remaining toppings to the platter.

To serve, everyone helps themselves to a portion of the pasta, adds the desired toppings and drizzles with the sauce. Makes 8, 2-cup servings.

Adapted from the Colorado Dietetic Association’s cookbook, "The Best of Simply Colorado Cookbook 2006."

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