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Sesame-peanut noodles, a satisfying and quick meal | RECIPE
By Jami Scott
Have you ever noticed that the perception of healthy eating can either be that it’s dull, lacking flavor or that it’s complicated? At Whole Foods Market we believe that making healthier choices is none of the above. Our philosophy of healthy eating is rooted in simple ways to build better meals that focus on less processed foods that add flavor, naturally.
Check out this recipe for a quick, satisfying and incredibly tasty meal. The best part about it is you can toss in any seasonal vegetables you have on hand to mix it up a bit. Or if you want to make it gluten-free, substitute brown rice noodles and use wheat free tamari.
1 (8-oz) 100% whole grain soba noodles
2 cups snow peas, strings removed
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 flakes
1 ½ cup shredded carrots
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced green onions
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
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 chile. 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.
This dish pairs great with Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith wines. Fresh and only a hint of sweet, full of orchard fruits. This is a standard barer for Columbia Valley Riesling.
Jami Scott is a registered holistic nutritionist and the healthy eating associate coordinator for Whole Foods Market, Pacific Northwest region. She oversees a team of Healthy Cooking Coaches who work in stores to help educate people on how to eat less processed foods through the company's Health Starts Here program. More information on cooking tours, supper clubs and community events is available at wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eating