I was driving through Silver Spring, Maryland where I was stationed during my training for the new job when I came to a HAULT. Is this for real?
Am I driving around with nothing to do and did I really come across a Korean Supermarket in the process? Yes!!! Now, I know we have lots of these in Philly and I could easily go to one any day, but after stops at Trader Joes, Superfresh, Giant, Whole Foods, etc… who wants to go to another market?! This was meant to be.
After walking around aimlessly in awe of all of the new produce, types of kimchi and rices, I stopped and literally just stared at the noodle section. I was in heaven. I decided that I had to buy some, and good ol’ Soba was the winner. While Soba Noodles are available at some markets, they certainly aren’t abundant and certainly aren’t affordable. I’m talkin’ I got a 2lb package for $2.99. Awesome.
Now that I’m back home and busy as a bee trying to start my business in my new job… I’ve had little time (and cash flow) to go food shopping for us. I’ve been making some pretty creative things, but last night I just was craving something warm… and spicy. The soba noodles popped into my mind and I just could not get them to go away. So, soba noodles it was!
I modified a recipe I’ve saved from Cooking Light and whipped up some pretty delicious (warm and spicy) Soba Noodles.
Okay, if you’re sitting here and you’re all like… “wtf is Beth talking about, what are Soba noodles?!?!” … take a second and check this out or just be happy with my explanation: they are really pretty and delicious buckwheat noodles that take like two seconds to cook and taste extra nutty and work well in most Asian dishes.
Oh, and I do of course have to mention that one cup of cooked Soba is over 100 calories less than one cup of cooked spaghetti. BAM.
Another star of this quick and easy noodle dish that I absolutely HAVE to tell you about is my new Gourmet Garden herbs! You’ve probably seen these in the refrigerated section in your produce aisle, but have you used them yet? They are a lifesaver! These tubes are jam-packed with fresh herbs that are pre-washed, chopped, ready to use and will NOT go bad as fast as regular fresh herbs (my downfall when using herbs). In this recipe, I used Chunky Garlic, Chili Pepper, and Ginger. No spicy, garlicky, smelly hands… no peeling, no chopping. Ah-May-ZING!
Spicy Peanut Soba Noodles
2 bundles Soba Noodles
2 Chicken Breasts
Green Beans, Carrots, Broccoli, or other Veggies as desired
1/3 cup Water
1/3 cup Reduced Fat Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon peeled, chopped Ginger (Gourmet Garden)
3 Tablespoons Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Honey
1-2 teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper
1 pinch Ground Cayenne Pepper
1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Chili Pepper
1-2 teaspoons chopped Garlic (or Gourmet Garden)
Green Onions, sliced (I used my Freeze-Dried Chives)
1/4 cup chopped Dry Roasted Peanuts
1. Boil the chicken, cut into 1-inch chunks or strips, whichever you prefer, and set aside. Cook whatever vegetable you want to use too. Set aside.
2. To cook the Soba Noodles, bring salted water to a rolling boil. Drop the noodles in and lower the heat a little. Boil for 4-5 minutes. Drain and rinse under very cold water. This will help prevent the noodles from clumping up and sticking together.
3. Meanwhile, stir the water, peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, peppers, and garlic together in a medium-sized bowl with a whisk until well combined. Taste and re-season according to how hot you prefer.
4. Combine the noodles, chicken, veggies, and sauce. Top with crushed peanuts and green onions. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe inspired by: Cooking Light
I don’t think there’s any better sauce than one that’s sweet, spicy, and has peanut butter. I mean, really… how can it get better than that? The Gourmet Garden herbs were kick-ass in the sauce and saved me so much time. And needless to say, I am in Soba love! MMM!
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and while you’re at it, look at these other sweet n spicy recipes from yours truly!