Soba (buckwheat) noodles, however, not the same success. While I the flavor was okay, I did not enjoy the sodium content. I researched a few other brands, and while some were lower in sodium, they were all high…higher than your average noodle, anyways.
You win some, you lose some.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner and all the rich, heavy meals of the cooler months, this meal can bring more color and nutrients to a meal that still offers plenty of comfort. I mean, noodles equal comfort…am I right?
Besides, peanut sauces are always a go. Spicy, sweet, and nutty. And simple…so simple. They can go on rices, noodles, veggies, meat – so versatile. I think this dish would be great with tofu or tempeh to keep it vegetarian, or feel free to add your favorite protein – I imagine chicken would go best.
5 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup water 3 Tbsp natural peanut butter 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp fresh ginger root, minced 1 Tbsp honey 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 serrano chile, seeds and ribs removed, minced 1/3 cup peanuts
1 red bell pepper, julienne 1 yellow pepper, julienne 2 carrots, shredded 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced 1 cup broccoli, finely chopped 4 green onions, diced 10.5 oz soba noodles or linguine, cooked 1/4 cup cilantro, minced crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
For the dressing, combine all the ingredients (except peanuts) in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the peanuts, and pulse a few times until coarsely chopped. Season with salt or crushed red pepper flakes to taste.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the salad. Pour the dressing over the top, and toss to combine.
Before serving, top with cilantro and sprinkle with additional red pepper flakes to taste. Yield: 5 servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 433 calories; 16.4 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 1766 mg. sodium; 58.8 g. carbohydrate; 4 g. fiber; 17.4 g. protein
Result: This was a refreshing, vegetarian meal. While Mr. Prevention opted to microwave his meal, I enjoyed this cold entree for a change. The only modification I would make is using spaghetti noodles in place of the soba due to the sodium content. Otherwise, this was a simple, healthy meal. Enjoy!
This weekend was…so nice. So relaxing. So needed. And yet, this 2 day work week seems daunting…! Have a great week!