Soba Noodles with Wakame

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 October 2010 02:35 Written by Flax Monday, 11 October 2010 12:01

I promise you, I found all of the ingredients in my regular super-market. “Health Food” is now so trendy it’s not even weird anymore.

For all of you who don’t know what these ingredients are, Soba noodles are Japanese noodles made out of buckwheat flour. (We are used to seeing buckwheat as kasha.) Wakame is a type of seaweed that most resembles a scallion that has been chopped into little pieces and cooked. For that reason, I find it quite simple to hide it in foods that have scallions in them.

Why do I need to hide it? So my kids won’t guy, “Yuck! Seaweed!” What they don’t know, won’t hurt them. In this case, it will actually help them, and they really can’t tell that it’s in there anyway. So what are a few tricks between mothers.

Ingredients:
1 package soba noodles
1 pinch wakame, soaked for 10 minutes in cold water
2 scallions, sliced on an angle
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4″ ginger, grated
soy sauce, to taste
miso, to taste
1/2 tsp sesame seeds, for garnishing

Prepare the noodles according to the instructions on the package. Rinse well in warm water and drain. Squeeze out the excess water from the wakame and add to the noodles. Add the remaining ingredients and serve.

Enjoy!

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Nutritious Noodles

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 11:48 Written by Flax Sunday, 19 September 2010 01:31

Sometimes you want to make a fast meal, without a lot of work while at the same time making sure that you are getting in all of your RDA.

Here’s a quick recipe, 30 seconds to prepare, ten minutes on the stove, and you have a healthy and nourishing meal that will also help you to lose weight.

Guess why? It uses seaweed. Yes that’s correct, the same stringy stuff that we all avoid on the beach is G-d’s gift to mankind. Seaweed happens to be one of the healthiest foods in the world.  Those of you who have never tasted seaweed might not like the taste at first.  All I can say is, stick with it for a week, get used to the taste, and start reaping the benefits.  If the Japanese can not only eat it, but also enjoy it,  than so can we.  In the long run, eating seaweed will help you to be a healthier and a happier person.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 package soba noodles (made from buckwheat)
  2. 2 liters water
  3. 2 tsp. sesame oil
  4. 1 scallion, sliced on an angle
  5. 1 clove garlic, pressed
  6. 1 small piece of ginger, grated
  7. 2 gr. wakame, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes
  8. Soy sauce, to taste

Bring the water to a boil and add the noodles.  Simmer for 4-5 minutes and then drain in a colander.

Remove the wakame from the water, squeeze out any remaining water and add to the noodles.

 Add the remaining ingredients and serve.

Optional:  Sprinkle with black or brown sesame seeds

Serve warm.

Note:  Most seaweeds need to be rehydrated before eating them.  It is preferable to soak them and then squeeze out the water before adding them to the food.  Use the soaking water for your house plants and watch them bloom.

Enjoy!

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Sesame Soba Noodles

Last Updated on Monday, 28 June 2010 12:57 Written by Flax Monday, 28 June 2010 12:43

I am always lookiing for alternatives to wheat. Wheat is one of the most abused foods in the western world and so go figure but celiacs are becoming morI think that is why we are seeing so many celiacs these days. How many of you knew even one celiac twentsy years ago?

Even for those of you who are not celiac eating wheat can cause flu like symptoms; excess mucus, feelings of fatigue and just general laziness. This is because eating wheat slows you down and provides a sense of relaxation. It is wonderful to feel relaxed but we are overdoing it. Ask yourself how much wheat do you eat every day? Yes, even whole wheat. Do you eat one serving a day? Two servings a day maybe even three servings a day? For those of you not on Atkins, chances are that you are eating wheat at least once a day. Maybe you need some variety in your diet so that your body doesn’t get overwhelmed with eating the same food all the time and develops an allergic reaction. Celiac disease can develop later in life. I think it is best to eat a large variety of foods and not overwhelm our systems with too much of one kind.

Here’s an alternative to eating wheat and yet it is familiar enough for people who hate changes to their diet. Soba noodles are made out of buckwheat and, as we all know, buckwehat strengthens is wonderful for lowering high blood pressure.

Ingredients:

1 package of soba noodles, (they can be found in healthfood stores or in Asian markets.)
2 liters water
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp whole sesame seeds
2 centimeter ginger root, grated
1 clove garlic, pressed in a garlic press
2 scallions, sliced on an angle

Bring the water to a boil and add the noodles, cook according to the instructions on the package. Place in a colander and rinse the noodles. Return the drained noodles to the pot. Heat the oil and add the ginger and garlic. Add the noodles and mix in the remaining ingredients.

Serves 4
Serve hot or cold.

Enjoy!

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