Friday, March 15, 2013

Quick Sesame Soba Noodles

Soba noodles are a Food With Benefit (FWB). If you have no clue what I'm referring to, head over to Candice Kumai's webside (the stiletto chef) or Amazon and purchase her cookbook, Pretty Delicious.

I love this cookbook, and read the forward every month or so. She believes in FWBs: foods with benefits. Instead of eating foods that are devoid of nutrition (potato chips, french fries, candy, etc.) she believes in choosing foods that taste good AND are nutritious (sweet potatoes, avocado, greek yogurt, SOBA NOODLES!) She is inspiring, gorgeous, and motivating. 

I purchased an entire 12-pack case of soba noodles from Amazon, and am excited to feature a soba recipe. This one is from Eat, Live, Run, and was a tasty weeknight dinner. 

Quick Sesame Soba Noodles
from Eat, Live, Run

Ingredients for sauce - 
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup hot water (depending how thick you like your sauce)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp freshly minced ginger
1 tsp minced garlic

Ingredients for noodles - 
sliced raw sugar snap peas
thinly sliced green onions
sesame seeds
8 oz soba noodles

  1. Cook soba noodles according to package instructions. When done, drain and rinse noodles in cold water. Set aside.
  2. To make sauce, combine all ingredients (tahini through garlic) in a food processor and process until very smooth. Add the hot water last, while the motor is running. You may need less, just add enough until desired consistency is reached.
  3. To serve, pour sauce over noodles and top with snap peas, green onions, and sesame seeds. 
* I topped our noodles with cayenne roasted shrimp, as follows:

Cayenne Roasted Shrimp: 

1 lb frozen shrimp, peeled and de-veined (thawed)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne

Mix all ingredients in bowl, then spread on a baking sheet, and roast at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. 
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