Everyday Mom's Meals: So Many Reasons to Eat Outside

Sunday, May 5, 2019

So Many Reasons to Eat Outside

No joke, we had our first sunny day in 2 weeks this weekend. And not only did the sun not shine, we had rain for all 14 days. Seriously, I was considering building an ark!

Oh, and after a nice day tomorrow, the weather man says we have even more rain coming. Ugh! But whatever, I'm still saying the season of eating outdoors is upon us!

This time of year we've got cookouts, barbecues, family reunions, picnics, graduation parties...so many reason to enjoy a meal on a table in the backyard.

I guarantee you if you make this for any of them, it will be the one dish everyone wants the recipe for. In fact, when I posted a little preview last week, I was bombarded with "Where is the recipe?" comments. So, I had to make sure I hurried and shared!

It's a terrific side for any of the occasions above, but we also enjoyed it with some egg rolls for a fun supper. Oh, and when those hot nights finally do arrive, I think I will add some grilled chicken or shrimp for a light, but filling meal!

I am so happy we have arrived at almost summer! Sure, it's still going to rain, and the temps are dropping back into the 50's this week, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Thankfully it is shining on some yummy food too!

Thai Noodle Salad
1 lb. spaghetti, cooked, rinsed with cold water and drained
2 1/4 c. tri color coleslaw mix
5 medium carrots, shredded
1 bunch green onions, white and light green chopped
1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
1/4 c. sesame seeds, extra for garnish
1 c. dry roasted salted peanuts extra for garnish

1/4 c. (heaping) creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4-1/2 tsp. sriracha sauce, to taste
Salt to taste

In a large bowl combine all salad ingredients. Toss well. In a microwave safe bowl, heat peanut butter until slightly melted. Add to vinegar, garlic powder, sriracha and salt. Slowly add oil and whisk until combined well and smooth. Pour over salad. Toss well. Chill until ready to serve. Garnish with extra peanuts and sesame seeds. 

Shared at Weekend Potluck
Shared at Meal Plan Monday

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