Saturday, April 7

Top Ramen's older, smarter, sexier brother

Here's a fun fact: I ate more Top Ramen as a pre-adolescent girl than the average fraternity member consumes in their first year of undergrad. My family called them "big noodles" when I was growing up. They were somewhat of a staple in my childhood pantry. Clearly some things have changed in my life. The most obvious being that I no longer compare my diet to a frat house. Secondly, I'm all about the whole foods now—and things in packages scare me. Oh and I love cooking. Like really, really love it.

But when I need a quick meal in a pinch, I'm often tempted to fall back into the easy arms of Mr. Ramen. So instead, I started hanging out with his older, smarter, sexier brother. And he's been real good to me so far. Healthy relationships are just the best.

 
Rice noodles in a sweet ginger scallion sauce
Adapted from Simply Reem

Cook noodles al dente and combine the following:
  • Rice noodles – ≈8oz
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sesame seeds – ≈2 T (I use white hulled)
  • Cucumber thinly sliced (optional)
For Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce:
  • Scallions (green onions) – ½ C chopped
  • Ginger – 2 T minced (OR I started using this and am mildly obsessed. True ginger in its most convenient form—and organic.)
  • Cilantro – ¼ C (optional)
  • Sesame oil (or other neutral oil) – 2 T
  • Chili powder – 2 t
  • Tamari sauce – 1 T
  • Rice vinegar – 2 T
  • Honey – 1 T
  • Lime juice – 1 T 

9 comments:

kaity said...

this looks delicious! I love rice noodles, but I haven't ever tried making them myself before. I'll definitely have to try this out at some point!

ika said...

Big noodles. good memories.

Ahn said...

why didn't you bring this to the johnson home?

Caiti said...

yummy! excited to try them this week!

Marshall said...

Your food photography blows my mind.

And im going to create this recipe of yours. Looks so yummy! You would just die at the cuisine out here - soo healthy and whole -- as you already know from your books! Seems like yet another reason why you should visit... (;

cjacks said...

Way to do it right!

Allie said...

Wowza, that looks amazing

Bridget said...

mads, i think i gots to make this.

emme said...

Yaaa... my diet could easily be mistaken for a frat guys... though I am big on portion control, so I've got that going for me. Too bad we no longer live togeths! You could help move my cooking skills past frozen pizza and mac-n-cheese... ;)

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