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School Night Sesame Noodles

Serve these quick-prep noodles with several sides - like cooked chicken breast, cucumber salad and raw vegetables - and let your children assemble their own bowls. To make the meal even more healthful, use Japanese soba (made of buckwheat) or thin whole-wheat noodles. The sauce is so delicious, most kids won't even notice a sturdier grade of noodle.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup tahini, almond butter or peanut butter
  • 2 Tbs. sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 package thin noodles, cooked according to package directions

Garnish:

  • 2 scallions, chopped finely
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • Other vegetables as desired: snow peas, small broccoli florets, thinly sliced red peppers, etc.

Preparation:

  1. Mix the first seven ingredients until smooth.
  2. Add to the cooked noodles, and toss gently and thoroughly.
  3. Serve cold, warm, or at room temperature, with garnish on the side.

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