I originally started this blog as a place to store tried and true recipes for my family. It didn't take long to discover how supportive and fun the blog community was and I became hooked! I rarely create my own recipes, but I still hope you'll enjoy the recipes that I find and tweak a bit.
You know, I've always considered myself a dinner person. Many times my breakfasts and lunch were just whatever I could pull out of the fridge, and often eaten standing up! But just in the last few weeks, I've come to really appreciate lunch as a meal that can be downright therapeutic.
I feed my kids first, get their needs met, and I may even put them down for a nap, so the house is quiet. Then I take my time, selecting my ingredients, chopping veggies, preparing my Diet Coke, on ice, with lime, and then I sit. I gather my thoughts, savor the tastes, listen to music and completely indulge in the sanctity of my meal. It's become one of my favorite parts of the day, something that I hope continues for a long time.
I loved these noodles for lunch. The weather here has still been fairly warm, so they were the perfect, refreshing break that I was looking for. I liked mine with a good amount of sweetness, which I didn't get in my sauce. But a little drizzle of honey right on the noodles made them just right. Happy lunching! Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Cucumbers Found in Cooking Light September 2009edition
8 oz uncooked dried Udon noodles 1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 TB dark sesame oil 2 TB low sodium soy sauce 1 TB honey 2 teaspoons sambaloelek or chile paste with garlic 1/2 teaspoon bottled fresh ginger 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken breast 2 medium cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced 6 TB chopped green onions 3 TB chopped dry roasted peanuts chopped cilantro
Directions 1. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain.
2. Combine rice vinegar and the next five ingredients (through ginger) in a large bowl, and stir with a whisk. Add noodles, chicken, and cucumbers to bowl; toss gently to coat. Top with green onions and peanuts.
Serves 6: 1 cup noodle mixture
Per Serving: 301cal, 9.2g fat, 21.5g prot, 3.1g fiber, 40mg chol, 2.3mg iron