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What is it with kids and noodles?
Both of my kids love noodles in any form, so I’m always trying to find more nutritious ways to present them (vs. the traditional bowl of white pasta with sauce – a staple I grew up eating).
There are a lot of ways to add more nutrients to your noodles.
You can toss in veggies, add healthy sources of protein (thin organic chicken, fish, and/or beans), or stir in some healthy fats.
But in the case of this dish, it’s the actual noodles themselves that deliver a hearty serving of protein and fiber. They are Organic Black Bean Noodles from Explore Asian* and the only 2-ingredients listed on the bag are black beans and water. I think these noodles would be an amazing choice for anyone who is vegan or vegetarian or simply for those of us wanting to add more meatless days to our week since they pack so much protein without the meat.
As for the sauce, this was inspired by the sesame noodles my kids love to eat whenever we order chinese food. It’s rich, bright, creamy, and pretty lovable.
If you wanted to make this dish with some whole grain noodles you already have in the pantry, it would be an easy substitution. You’ll still get a good bit of protein from the edamame and you could of course, always add a little shredded chicken if you please (I certainly won’t tell anyone!).
*Please note this video was sponsored by Explore-Asian. As always, the recipe, thoughts, and opinions, are all mine.
Black Bean Sesame Noodles With Edamame
Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
- ¼ cup all natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 bell pepper, sliced thinly
- 1 cup cooked, organic edamame
- 2 scallions, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
- 7 ounces Organic Black Bean Spaghetti Noodles from Explore Asian (you can sub Soba noodles or whole grain spaghetti)
Optional: sesame seeds + red hot chili flakes
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook noodles according to instructions.
In a large bowl combine peanut butter, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and honey. Toss warm noodles into the sauce and top with the peppers, edamame, chopped up scallions, and cilantro. Gently toss everything together until well combined and all the noodles are lightly coated in the sauce.
Serve on your favorite plate and top with sesame seeds and red hot chili flakes. Enjoy!
Makes 6 servings.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 274; Total Fat: 10.1g; Saturated Fat: 1.9g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 24.1g; Dietary Fiber: 10.5g; Sugars: 8.7g; Protein: 24.8g