RECIPE #263, DAY #441
ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Warm Sesame Noodles” from Stepaniak’s and Melina’s Raising Vegetarian Children*
TIMING: 20 minutes (or maybe 30, considering the boiling water)
DIFFICULTY: Tres easy
TOOLS: A pot to boil water and a small bowl with whisk
COOK TYPE: Stovetop, boiling
HEALTH: I like to include a vegetarian night or two in our week, in order to offset the frequently unhealthy, meat-dense diet that we Americans have. Plus, we used to be Vegetarian, and quite frankly eating meat all the time just doesn’t appeal to us anymore. But, as any vegetarian worth their salt can tell you, you have to make a concerted effort to get enough protein and enough iron in your meat-free diet. This recipe is high in seed protein, specifically sesame. It also has raw veggies and grain (which is going to be even better with a more fiber-rich pasta. You choose.)
EXPERIENCE: This meets with kid approval, which is why it’s in a cookbook meant for raising children. It is similar to another ubiquitous vegetarian food: peanut butter sauce with noodles and raw veggies (and won’t interfere with people allergic to peanuts). They both work really well, translating to the average American palate.
NOTES: This would make a great lunch as well, especially on a hot day. It is best served right away, though, and slightly warm.
We don’t need a whole pound of noodles. 3/4s as an entree, 1/2 for a side.
The original recipe suggest whole wheat, spelt, or brown rice pasta.
Instead of peas, you could use snow peas, chiffonade and blanched. You could also add other veggies, such as sliced bell pepper, bean sprouts, or cubed avocado (on top).
- Cook 1 pound linguini, fettuccine, or spaghetti in a pot of salted water.
- Meanwhile, in the bottom of a serving bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup tahini, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 clove pressed garlic, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and salt to taste. Add warm water until you have a pourable–but not runny–sauce.
- When pasta is done, drain and toss with 3 tablespoons sesame oil. Add to the sauce and toss with 1 diced cucumber, 2 thin-sliced scallions, and 1/4 pound defrosted green peas. Taste for seasonings.
Serve topped with cilantro and sesame seeds, and alongside an herbal iced tea.
*Recipe has been changed from the original.