Recipe: Easy Dinner with Buckwheat Noodles

One of my staple dinners- tasty and very quick preparation

Buckwheat noodles,  “Soba” in Japanese, are fast and easy to prepare.  They make a perfect base for Asian flavors and are filling and nutritious enough to create a meal simply by adding some veggies and spices.

Buckwheat, despite the confusing name, is actually a fruit, not a grain, and has nothing to do with wheat.  The noodles have much more protein than other types of pasta.  Typically they are sold in bundled portions.  1/2 bundle (60g) is about 200 calories and contains 10 g of protein.

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The above pictured dish is something I cook when I’m in a hurry.  It keeps well, so I’ll usually make several portions and pack up the leftovers for later in the week.  I used to really love Lo Mein from Chinese restaurants, but it is so greasy I don’t like to order it anymore.  This dish satisfies my Asian noodle craving without leaving me feeling bloated and full of MSG.  It’s extremely easy to make:

1. Boil water

2. Chop broccoli

3. Add noodles and broccoli to water, boil for 5 minutes.  Drain and rinse.

4. Heat toasted sesame oil over medium heat (peanut oil is a good substitute, olive oil can also be used but won’t add the same flavor)

5. Saute veggies- onions, mushrooms, sliced garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, hot peppers or whatever else you like.

6. Toss noodles, broccoli, and sauteed veggies in a large bowl.

7. Season with soy sauce, lemon juice, and a little bit more sesame oil.

8. Garnish with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro.

Tip: chopsticks are a great way to slow down and enjoy your food.  I find that eating with chopsticks makes my meals last longer and feel more satisfying.

To read more about Buckwheat and it’s many health benefits, check out this page.

3 thoughts on “Recipe: Easy Dinner with Buckwheat Noodles

  1. Wow, 10g of protein in a noodle serving? Impressive. That looks ridiculously delicious. *ordering buckwheat noodles*

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