Why have I never thought to make this at home until recently is beyond me. It is tasty and I have all the stuff in the pantry.
It is the perfect summer dish. And you can add whatever veggies strike your fancy. This version had leftover grilled chicken and a chopped red pepper and grated carrots. But I can see adding whatever is ready in the garden to this. Yohboh thinks it would be excellent with some chopped ripe tomatoes (but really what is NOT improved with a ripe garden tomato?).
Cold Sesame Noodles
For the Sauce ¼ cup sesame seeds ¼ cup chunky peanut butter 2 medium cloves garlic, smashed 1 piece (1-inch) fresh ginger, grated with a microplane 5 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I used the hot sauce with the chicken on it) 2 tablespoons lightly packed light brown sugar 1 pound of noodles (I used fettucine) Leftover chicken, thinly sliced 1 bell pepper 1 carrot shredded 2 scallions, sliced on the bias Cook the noodles according to the directions on the package. Save a little bit of the pasta water. What I normally do is stick a coffee mug in the starchy water and take some out that way. Put all the sauce ingredients in a blender. Whir it away until it is a paste. Set it aside. Slice your chicken and veggies. Drain the pasta and run cold water on it until is is chilled. I like to toss it as well. Add the noodles to a large bowl. Take the pasta water you saved and add it to the blender and reblend to make a looser sauce (Loose sauce means runnier. A tight sauce is thicker). Add the sauce to the noodles and toss until everything is coated. Add the chicken and veggies. Toss again. I have no idea how many servings this made but we ate it within a day.
One thing I like to do is add a frozen banana to the mix. More fruit in a smoothie is a good thing. I usually have one or two over ripe bananas at the end of a week and then I like to peel them and stick them in a baggie to freeze. But also, Chuy likes to eat bananas and insists on eating them like her older sister but she cannot finish one. So I take that one and stick it in the freezer as well.
Why do I add flax seeds? Because being regular is part of being healthy.
I am a tiny Asian woman trying to navigate the Deep South. I have a profound love of all things deep fried.
I married a man seven years my junior (WHO IS THE ROCK STAR! JAYUUH!)
I have a well developed sense of humor and a poorly developed sense of spacial relations.
I share too much, which is why I need to blog to edit before I over share with people how often I poop and how I saw my first gray hair at 24 AND IT WAS NOT ON MY HEAD.
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