Asian “Peanut” Sauce Noodle Bowl

It’s official. I absolutely love living with a guy. I’ve had wonderful girl roommates for as long as I can remember, but living with a dude is real great. They don’t have near as much hair (or at least my guy doesn’t) to fill the bathroom floor, they don’t use as much toilet paper, they do the dishes when I cook, and they take the trash out. I don’t know why I’m saying they since it’s just one dude. And I’ve never lived with a guy before so it’s hard to say if other guys do those things. But mine does. And I just love it.

I hate that when I get really mad about something, like a package being delivered, I get wrinkles. No one wants wrinkles.  No one. But the stress the Fedex is causing me right now is definitely adding some new wrinkles to my forehead. And their lack of help through customer service added increased blood pressure to my daily schedule. Fedex, you suck. Usually you are great. But today, you suck. I’m totally going to Yelp review this. Probably not, but I’ll think about doing it.

So yesterday, good ole’ yesterday. People shart their pants about my greek yogurt chia pudding instagram post that I shared when I found it at Sprouts. People really don’t like that I represent paleo if I don’t post 100% paleo 100% of the time. Obviously, they have never read my blog. Which is the reason I have an instagram. My blog has 99% paleo recipes, 1% primal recipes. I like to add cheese into some recipes. I can count all of those recipes on one hand. Kill me. Anywho, I use my instagram to share paleo and primal and even gluten free recipes on it. Not to satisfy every single person, but to share healthier options that I find along my paleo/primal/gluten free/eat-what-i-want/eat-what-makes-me-feel-good/eat-to-celebrate/eat-to-love-life/eat-to-be-healthier lifestyle path. Sometimes it’s a strict paleo recipe from my blog, sometimes it’s a gluten free treat I got at a bakery. But I will not apologize for posting those things. I will keep posting and let people do their own research about paleo. If they are too lazy to figure out information on their own, I am not at fault. All people eat different things, so stop freaking out, weirdos. Just because you don’t eat dairy doesn’t mean another person on instagram does the same.

I think I’m really opinionated today.

Last thing. I had a gluten free caramel apple pie pancake from Snooze AM Eatery this morning. It was seriously the best thing I’ve eaten in probably 2 weeks. I can’t say life. I could, but that would be just an intense exaggeration. And it comes a close second to the ice cream topped paleo chocolate chip cookie I had on Valentine’s Day. New problem I have: I live really close to Snooze and just found out they have wi-fi. You’ll know where to find me….every morning.

Maybe I’m so opinionated from my sugar high this morning.


Asian “Peanut” Sauce Noodle Bowl

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 medium zucchinis, spiral sliced into noodles then patted dry with paper towels for 10 minutes to soak up excess water (I used a Paderno Spiral Slicer)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos (or gluten free soy sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons chili garlic sauce (or sriracha)
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes, divided
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh cilantro, to garnish
  • cashews, to garnish


  1. In a large dutch oven or high rimmed sauté pan over medium-high heat, add ground pork, onion, red bell pepper and garlic cloves.
  2. Use a wooden spoon to break up meat and cook down. Add a bit of salt and pepper along 1/4 tablespoon of red pepper flakes. Mix well and cook until no pink remains in the meat.
  3. Once meat is cooked through, add spiral sliced zucchini noodles to the meat and cook on low for 5 minutes, mixing the noodles into the pork mixture. After 5 minutes, reduce heat to low.
  4. Place a small saucepan over medium heat. Add coconut milk, sunflower seed butter, coconut aminos, chili sauce, lime juice, 1/4 tablespoon red pepper flakes, and a bit of salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  5. Once sauce is smooth, reduce heat to low and let thicken for about 5 minutes.
  6. After sauce has reduced, pour sauce on noodle and pork mixture and mix well to combine.
  7. Serve noodle bowls with fresh cilantro and cashews garnished on top.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


58 thoughts on “Asian “Peanut” Sauce Noodle Bowl”

  1. I went to snooze when i was in Denver for the first time in June and didn’t realize they had gluten free pancakes! I was so jealous of my friends- even though my meal rocked too. I’m totally in next time.

  2. I absolutely love your attitude about food! Who cares…eat what makes YOU feel your best and blog away sister!!!
    I’m going to try this sauce with shrimp tonight!

  3. Spiral sliced and sauteed zuchinni is thee best. Ever. This shall be made.

    Sometimes I just sautee it with oil, lemon, garlic and chili flakes and I could die right then too. So easy peasy and delicious.

    Guys who do dishes are also thee best.

  4. I love that you aren’t 100% paleo. I mean, that might work for some people, but in reality who wants to stick to a 100% strict diet 100% of all the time?! It’s insane, and it totally forgets the part where what we eat is related to other things than being 100% pure all the time {with the exception of eating things that we know are damaging us… but to each his own!}

  5. Yes! I just made this and it was amaze! I used ground turkey instead and 1/4 almond butter in place of sunflower seed butter, also used light coconut milk and added some arrowroot to thicken it. LOVED IT! The sauce is so delicious, I wanted to drink it alone! Thanks!

  6. people are fucking crazy and need to get some hobbies. you can’t say that because you’re a nice person, but i can. haha. my favorite roommate when I had one was a guy! no drama. clean apartment. loved it. maybe I missed this, but a boyfriend or friend? P.S. CAN THE MINDY PROJECT PLEASE COME BACK ALREADY. AMIRIGHT.

  7. In my admittedly limited experience, I’ve also found that boys are incapable of 1) replacing said toilet paper and 2) cleaning their hair (admittedly sparse) out of the sink. But yes, living with boys is MUCH EASIER overall than living with women!

    And I love that you include primal/gluten-free recipes from time to time! You represent the way most paleo people eat, I think, and the purists can be quiet.

  8. The chia pods are awesome. I love the blueberry one. Those were actually my gateway to chia seeds and now your coffee breakfast pudding is a regular in my house. Yum!

  9. Speaking of Instagram…I’m still waiting for the pic of your amazing couch. You should take a pic while eating Greek yogurt chia pudding

  10. Looks fab can’t wait to try! Just ordered spiral slicer have a feeling it will be life changing. I’ve probably made like 40 of your recipes or more at this point and not one has let me down. Keep up the awesomeness 🙂 also you are the only other female that seems to like sausage as much as I do! At least according to my hubs…he thinks it’s weird but whatever 😉

  11. Good grief that looks delicious. I have to write down the recipe for this. I am trying ti improve my diet. As an elite marathon runner it is one area of my life that I am working to improve upon. My wife eats 100% organic and is constantly eating delicious looking food like this. I have book marked your website and will surely be coming back to take notes and get more of your recipes. Thanks for what you do.

  12. that’s it. I’m adding cheese to EVERYTHING on principle alone, even though it doesn’t totally agree with me lately. so sick of the paleo police.

  13. One of my favorite things about your recipes is how you offer so many alternatives to the recipe. I love it because invariably I am out of the one item but still want to make the recipe, and your (or….) additions to replace items helps so much. My husband, kids, and I are really new to the paleo eating and we exclusively cook from your site because its so flexible and not usually 3000 ingredients that I don’t have time to throw together. P.S helps that we live in Colorado, too so you jumped like another ten points just from that;)

  14. Dear Juli:

    PREACH GIRL! love it. Paleo police have their own issues for just trying to put other people down. And like you said, not one way of eating works for everyone. People should find out what works for them, stick to it, and stop bashing. Aka SHUT IT.

    p.s. recipe looks baller and can’t wait to make it.
    p.p.s. i’m jealous every single day of my life that you live in colorado.
    and you couch looks awesome too!

  15. I really like that you have a paleo blog but eat other things too. I tried strict paleo for a while, but I realize I actually feel BETTER when I eat a small amount of grains, like for breakfast, emphasis on the small amount part. It is like brain food for me. Grains are over 50% of calories in most peoples’ diets – and that is the problem. There are toxins in tomatoes, but paleo peeps, yeah I just said peeps, still eat them! And broccoli didn’t exist until like 2,500 years ago from selective breeding… but it is really good for us. There is no such thing as a perfect food, but all food can be good for you in proper quantities. It’s that thing that grandmas say: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” But yeah… wheat is pretty much the devil unless it is sprouted. And soybeans suck. Plus, eating “paleo” is not sustainable for the environment or for world hunger. So you can feel good about that too!! Anyway, that’s my annoying spiel.

    CONCLUSION: People just gotta let Juli do Juli. They are not required to make food off of your blog, little dummies. Although they would be missing out because you are a genius with “paleo” noms.

  16. I know I should figure this out myself, but i’m just sitting here trying to avoid the work I have to do so I thought I’d ask. Do you ‘sweat’ your zucchini noodles or just spiralize and go? I read on some other paleo blog that they should be salted to release some moisture, so I always do that, which means planning for an extra 1/2 hour of prep time (which I really don’t have). Just curious which way you prefer!

    Love your blog!!

  17. Recipe was delicious. I used spicy pork and 1/2 almond butter, 1/2 peanut butter because that is all I had- oh and I used Thai noodles instead of zucchini (didn’t have that either) Yummy!

  18. Made this last night with almond butter OMG it was so good I was practically drinking the sauce. Ok I did drink the sauce just a little

  19. I made this tonight and it is AMAZING! I’m definitely adding this to my regular recipes- thanks so much for sharing!

  20. I will be trying this soon! You are my favorite food blogger, your recipes are always amazing. Sometimes you make things I can’t eat, but who cares? For one, you are a crossfit trainer – you need more carbs than I do. I could choose to be as active as you are. Of course that would require a complete personality change, but you know… Could happen.

  21. My family absolutely loves this. The first night I made it, I only had some cooked chicken breast and a few bags of broccoli slaw from Traders, so I used them in place of the pork and zucchini! Easy peasy….super delish! I’ve made it every week since! I did try it with Braggs aminos one week when I was out of coconut aminos. The flavor was different, but no one else noticed but me. I’ll use the coconut aminos when I can!

  22. This is my new favorite asian recipe! My fiance and I are obsessed with this! Thank you!

  23. I love your moderate stance. Don’t worry about the fundamentalists. Life is made of ups and downs and compromises.

    Made this recipe last night. It was so great and will replace my craving for Pad Thai.

  24. My god, this is GOOD. You are a wizard with sauces and my #1 go-to for new recipes. My only advice to others would be: don’t be afraid of the red pepper flakes. This is so rich and smooth and delicious, the spice gives it good depth. Another keeper!!!

  25. I finally got around to making this, and it is amazing! I couldn’t get my sauce to thicken, for some reason, but that just made it easier to drink. Just the right amount of spice, and the cilantro brings such freshness. Another great recipe, Juli!

  26. It is seriously stupid how much I love this meal. Like scrape the pan and lick the plate love it. I like to wrap it in butter lettuce; it is just so saucy and delicious. Thank you!!!

  27. Great balls of zucchini noodles…this recipe absolutely rocked. I had made it for a party of fellow Ironman Triathletes that are following Paleo and they sighed in sheer joy. Made it for myself tonight…so incredibly yummy!!! Thank you for the amazing recipes, the wonderful commentary, and your stand on your life and ‘your paleo”.

  28. I had a bunch of seafood mix defrosted, so used the sauce over that. Soooo YUM! We are complete wimps about spicy food, so did 1 Tbsp chili sauce (only had Chinese Hunan chili sauce) and then some minced garlic, then I added juice from another half lime and a tad of honey and I used about 2 tsp of tapioca flour to thicken (as the seafood mix was not completely defrosted and I didn’t want it to get runny). This is going on the fancy company list of things to make. Thanks oodles!!!

  29. This was great! And so easy. I didn’t have zucchini, so I threw in a bunch of chopped kale. I also used a little flour to thicken up the broth. It’s a keeper!

  30. This is incredible! We’ve lived in China as English teachers for three years and try to stick to at least an 80% paleo diet. You’re definitely saving us from our cravings of all this amazing Chinese food we’re surrounded by.

  31. Yum! Just made this tonight with almond butter and added half a jalapeno (b/c I had it). Your recipes never disappoint!!

  32. I have to mention that I lived in Boulder/Denver for years and recently went back to visit friends. Snooze didn’t exist when I lived there, but my friends raved about it and tried to take me there the morning of my flight home. I was sooo bummed that the line was way too long, even on a Tuesday! I guess everything happens for a reason though, because we ended up at Jelly which had the MOST phenomenal breakfast burrito smothered in green chili. This was before my paleo journey started, but I probably would have gotten that anyway as I could bathe in green chili. Seriously.
    ANYWAYS, I have to be honest…I didn’t expect this recipe to taste this good. However, it was AMAZING!!! Like, I really wanted to eat the entire pot of it but stopped myself so I could pack it for lunch tomorrow. This will be a new staple in my house. Thank you!!!!

  33. I can’t believe I haven’t commented on this before! I’ve made this a bunch of times and it’s just amazing.

    I put the zucchini noodles in a colander and salt them while I cook everything else. By the time everything else is done, the zucchini is ready, too. I put the noodles in the bowl and put the meat/sauce mixture on top. Seems to work just dandy for me. I also leave out the red pepper flakes, as the chili garlic paste gives it plenty of kick.

    The best part is the leftover sauce. I find that I only use about half of it. Fortunately, it freezes great and puts me a step ahead for the next time.

    As for the nitpickers, that’s their problem, not yours. Keep doing you.

  34. I have had some zucchini noodles fails in the past… Much too watery and slimy. I found some frozen carrot noodles , what do you think about substituting them for the zoodles? I’m thinking it would have a firmer texture. Thanks!

  35. Absolutely love your blog juli. Great ideas and as a runner have wanted to get involved in changing my diet to lean more toward paleo. Appreciate your feeedback and guidance. I have book marked your blog as well.

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