Every great once and awhile I'll see one ingredient in the grocery store and be completely inspired for a meal I never planned to make in the first place.
Yesterday, it happened as I was grinding my organic almond butter in the wholesale aisle of WholeFoods which I typically stock up on for breakfast protein smoothies. I then realized I had soba noodles in my pantry. I thought an almond butter, agave, Sriracha garlic sesame cream sauce over these noodles sounded too good to not get a few more fun ingredients with color, texture and a little bit of crunch. So, here it is, my Asian Inspired Colorful & Crunchy Soba Noodle Bowl.
What You'll Need, For the Base:
1/2 yellow onion, lightly chopped
5 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
6-8 large multi-colored carrots, zoodled or shaved
2 cups of sugar snap peas
1 bunch of kale, lightly chopped
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
3 ounces of Soba Noodles
2 teaspoons of salt
1 tablespoon of black or white sesame seeds
What You'll Need, For the Sauce:
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tablespoon, sesame oil
1 tablespoon of Sriracha
2 heaping tablespoons of organic, freshly ground almond butter
1 tablespoon, agave nectar syrup
2 teaspoons of Tamari soy sauce (avoid if on Whole 30, optional, but does round out the flavors nicely)
1 teaspoon of salt
Zest of one Meyer Lemon
How to do it:
Base: In a large cast iron pan or wok, heat coconut oil, garlic & onions together until onions turn transparent. Once the onions are transparent, add carrots, snap peas, kale, cilantro & salt. Cook soba noodles as directed on package. They should take 6-8 minutes. This is a great time to begin making the sauce. Drain noodles once cooked, and add to vegetable mixture.
Sauce: In a medium sized large stick pan, melt coconut oil with minced garlic. Once melted add sesame oil, Sriracha, almond butter, agave, soy sauce & salt. Let heat for about 5 minutes. Add the zest of one lemon & sesame seeds for a final flavor pop.
Combine soba noodle, vegetable mixture by pouring the sauce while stirring for even displacement.
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