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Sesame-Peanut Soba Noodles

January 16, 2012

Sesame Peanut Soba Noodles

Sesame-Peanut Soba Noodles

How far are you from achieving your goals that you set for yourself in 2012?  Have you reassessed your initial goals?  Are you on the right track?  Did you swagger from your goals because someone tempted you with something you just simply could not resist?  I hope that everything is going exactly as you want it to at this point.  Remember, just take it one day at a time or better still one meal at a time.

This is a lovely meal that is loaded with flavor.  It is light, nutritious and healthy you can throw it together in less than 20 minutes and you don’t even have to turn the oven on!  Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It is synonymous with a type of thin noodle made from buckwheat flour, and in Japan can refer to any thin noodle (in contrast to thick wheat noodles, known as udon). Soba noodles are served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup. It takes three months for buckwheat to be ready for harvest, so it can be harvested four times a year, mainly in spring, summer, and autumn. In Japan, buckwheat is produced mainly in Hokkaido.  Soba that is made with newly-harvested buckwheat is called “shin-soba”. It is sweeter and more flavorful than regular soba.  Thanks, Wikipedia.  I find the noodles to be a wee bit salty so when you are cooking according to package directions I would go easy on the salt when adding it to the water.

Sesame-Peanut Soba Noodles

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) package 100% whole grain soba noodles
2 cups broccoli florets, rinsed
2 tablespoons roasted, unsalted, unsweetened smooth peanut butter or almond butter
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced sodium tamari
1 tablespoon sesame tahini
1/8 teaspoon crushed red chile pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced green onions
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

To Prepare

Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Add snow peas with 1 minute cooking time remaining. Drain noodles and snow peas thoroughly. 

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together peanut butter, vinegar, tamari, tahini and crushed red pepper. Add a splash of warm water if needed to thin the sauce so it will coat the vegetables and noodles. Add noodles, snow peas, carrots, bell pepper, green onions and sesame seeds. Toss to coat noodles and vegetables thoroughly with sauce. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

NOTE:  If you prepare the noodles ahead of time, do a quick cold-water rinse and toss them with oil to keep them from clumping. Be sure not to overcook. Different types of soba cook at different rates; keep them al dente.

Makes 4 servings

From WholeFoodsMarket.com

Sesame Peanut Soba Noodles

Sesame Peanut Soba Noodles

This is the perfect meal if you are in a rush but do not want to sabotage your goals 🙂

Sesame-Peanut Soba Noodles not your thing?  Try, Ginger Soba Noodles!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2012 3:05 pm

    Yum-my! That looks so gorgeous I may try it out and post it on my food blog. Extra thumbs up for the fab photography too 🙂

  2. sweetopiagirl permalink
    January 16, 2012 4:36 pm

    Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

  3. January 16, 2012 8:13 pm

    I found some soba noodles in the back of the pantry this weekend. This has inspired me!

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