When I think of comfort food I think pasta. When I was very young I liked plain cooked spaghetti with a little butter and parmesan cheese, actually I still do but now I replace the butter with olive oil and use whole grain pasta. To vary the pasta routine I like to experiment with the taste of other cultures. Sesame Noodles made with soba noodles are a great accompaniment to grilled tuna or salmon or just by themselves due to the protein in the soba noodles and the peanut butter in the sauce.

I start with Sarah’s savory peanut dipping sauce and kick it up a little with a couple of additional ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • pinch crushed red chili pepper
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 8 oz Soba noodles
  • 1/4 cup each julienned sweet red and yellow pepper
  • 1-2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds (toasted if you wish)

Preparation:

  1. Whisk the first 8 ingredients together until smooth, set aside.
  2. Cook soba noodles in boiling water for the specified time on the package, approximately 3 minutes.
  3. During the last minute of cooking add the peppers to the water. Drain and toss with the peanut sauce.
  4. Garnish with the sesame seeds and scallions.

Nutritional Info:

Makes  4 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 110, Cal. from Fat:  47.5, Total Fat: 6.5g, Sat. Fat: 3g, Carbs: 1g, Fiber: .5g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 9g, Sodium: 192mg, Chol: 0mg

Notes:

You can substitute any of your favorite vegetables into this dish!

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