Sunday, January 8, 2012

Elise's Sesame Noodles

Asian cuisine is one of my favorite categories of meals I absolutely, positively enjoy to the fullest. However, a lot of the time when you order it at a restaurant or a to-go place, it's very oily and greasey, and causes stomach problems 24 hours later (you get the idea). Eatingwell.com/recipes has become one of my favorite websites that helps me in my quest for a healthy lifestyle, and for menu planning. They are a GREAT resource for healthy recipes, that are low in calories, without losing the flavor. I've made a lot of Asian meals from them, including vegetable fried rice, peanut noodles with shredded chicken, and this recipe that I am about to share, that all have been absolutely mouth-watering, stomach-pleasing recipes!! I hope you like it, if you try it. I guarantee you will.


Food Challenge #8:

Elise's Sesame Noodles
Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar, or lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 bunch scallions, sliced, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided (optional)
4 cups snow peas, trimmed and sliced on the bias
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
(These ingredients are for 8 servings (1 1/2 cups each). For less servings, you can do the math :)

1.Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water.
2.Meanwhile, whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar (or lime juice), crushed red pepper, 1/4 cup scallions and 2 tablespoons cilantro (if using). Add noodles, snow peas and bell pepper; toss to coat.
3.To serve, mix in sesame seeds and garnish with the remaining scallions and cilantro.
4. ENJOY!!!!





(Reading the recipe again, I think it's intended on eating cold, but I had it warm, and I would prefer it that way. But you can decide which way you would like it best).
Warning: it's not completely spicey, but it does have a little kick to it, but you could tame it down by adding less crushed red pepper than it calls for.

Nutrition Info:
Per serving: 345 calories; 12 g fat ( 2 g sat , 5 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 51 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 12 g protein; 10 g fiber; 542 mg sodium; 336 mg potassium.
*Courtesy of eatingwell.com/recipes*

Yes, it is just that simple!! Isn't that what you want in a recipe? Can I get an AMEN! :D





*Their outcome*





*My outcome*






Happy eating everyone!! I have more recipes to share with you, so be checking back here this week. :D


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