soba noodles with avocado, snap peas and peanut-sesame dressing

I was trolling Pinterest the other day, and for whatever reason, I saw numerous recipes centered around soba noodles. They sounded good so I pinned a few and next time I was at the Asian grocery store, I picked up a package.

Soba noodles are buckwheat noodles. Buckwheat is not actually related to wheat so buckwheat noodles are usually gluten free. They also higher in protein than other grains.

Also, soba noodles are delicious. The husband loves them -- I love them -- and so we've cooked with them three times in the last two weeks.

Only downside is they can be a bit pricey if you don't get them at an Asian grocery store. You may find a better deal for them online, too. I just know that my local grocery store offered them for around $5. Yikes.

They are delicious cold or warm and have a slightly nutty flavor so they don't need a ton seasoning. I love them with a peanut or sesame-based sauce and fresh veggies.

soba noodles with avocado, snap peas and sesame-peanut dressing
2 bunches of soba noodles (an 8-oz package usually comes with 4 separate bunches)
dime size piece of fresh ginger, grated.
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 avocado
2 cups of snap peas, ends cut
3 carrots, peeled and diced
cilantro - optional for garnish
sesame seeds - optional for garnish

Cook noodles according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and toss with a tiny bit of oil if you don't want them to stick together. Be careful not to overcook the noodles as they can get gummy.

Sautee garlic cloves and ginger for a minute on medium heat in cooking oil (I use peanut here). Add carrots and saute for about five minutes, to soften. Toss in snap peas and continue to cook until snap peas are soft and carrots are fork tender but not mushy. (The veggies are best with some crunch to them.)

sesame-peanut dressing
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
2 tbs low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
juice from half a lime
salt, pepper to taste

combine ingredients and whisk until blended.

Remove veggies from heat, toss with noodles. Add in diced avocado. Toss with dressing and top with sesame seeds and cilantro and additional lime juice and red pepper flakes, if desired.


xo, erika

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