Trust me, they’re delicious!
Most everyone loves noodles–they’re such a comfort food! Thankfully there are lots of healthy choices available nowadays. One of the most improved areas in the grocery store, health-wise, is the pasta aisle. Remember, traditional pasta is made from white flour, which you know is a “Great White Hazard” and not good for you!
The healthy pastas in contrast are made from whole grains and or beans. The benefits of choosing healthy pastas are that you are getting much much more fiber and plant based protein, both fantastic for weight control, in contrast to traditional white pasta, which is low in fiber and protein. Thanks to their robust dose of fiber, healthy pastas are great for a healthy gut microbiome. And because they are less processed, they also typically have more vitamins and minerals.
Given their taste, texture, and health value, it’s a no-brainer to choose the healthy pastas. Choose ones you enjoy. I encourage you to experiment and taste test yourself. Just remember the healthiest ones are those with the most fiber and protein.
Although palates can of course vary from one person to another, my palate loves Explore Cuisine® bean-based pastas. Several shapes and bean varieties are offered.
I also love and highly recommend soba noodles. Soba noodles are a classic in Asian cuisine and are made from buckwheat, a great-for-you, gluten free whole grain. Soba noodles have become a personal favorite and what I’m featuring in the scrumptious one-dish meal I’m going to show you how to make today.
This is a wonderful summer salad that uses various raw crunchy vegetables tossed in a delicious peanut sauce. It’s a tasty leftover for lunch. You can replace the peanut butter for almond or cashew if there are any allergies in your family. The sauce is delicious as a dip for veggies, a condiment for grilled chicken or tofu, or drizzled on top of rice bowls…double it for more uses later in the week!
In a small blender or food processor combine all of the ingredients for the sauce. Blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning- add salt if necessary.
Cook the noodles according to package instructions and let them cool. Meanwhile, chop your vegetables.
Once the noodles are cool, toss them with the vegetables and peanut sauce in a large bowl. Serve with peanuts and cilantro sprinkled on top.
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