Delicious nutty, soba noodles with crisp Asian vegetables tossed in a peanut sauce makes a delicious twist on a cold pasta salad.
Have you ever had soba noodles? They are a Japanese noodle made of buckwheat and are so tasty. They have a little more nuttiness than regular pasta and are quite nutritious. I love to keep some on hand when I want to liven up a dinner. The soba noodles pair so well with peanut butter in my Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce. This recipe will blow away the doldrums of your regular weeknight meals. Pull out some chopsticks and have fun with your dinner.
I’ve never been to Japan. It’s on my someday list but I don’t see it happening any time soon. Since we aren’t likely to visit in the near future, we celebrate the Japanese culture with our food. My daughter loves to eat with chopsticks. She is not particularly good at it but she is absolutely thrilled with herself whenever she manages to get a bite into her mouth. This salad was a little easier. She could get a hold of a noodle then “slurp” the rest of it into her mouth. When we go to a Chinese or Japanese restaurant she always asks for the “training” chopsticks. Have you seem them? They put together the chopsticks with a rubber band and a small piece of paper in between. That way you just have to push the two chopsticks together. The rubber band will keep them in place.
There is one side benefit of using chopsticks. It slows you down, way down. Chopsticks make you concentrate on your food and really enjoy each bite you manage to get into your mouth. They say you should chew your food really well and eat slowly. Unless you are an expert with chopsticks, it is going to slow you down. I don’t hold them the right way but figured out a style that works for me. Even so, I drop food all the time. It can be frustrating but at least it makes me savor every bite of food that actually reaches my mouth; and Hey! It’s fun.
We try to eat dinner together as a family most nights. I really do notice my little one eats better and healthier. We can catch up on each other’s day and even have a little fun. Meals like this give us even more to talk and dream about. My little one loves to travel so she always asks if we will take her to what ever country’s food we happen to be eating. It also makes her realize we live in a big world that doesn’t revolve around her. Try my Soda Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce for dinner and liven up your family dinner.
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