Spicy Sesame Noodles
This recipe actually came about because of our Disney vacations. My family spends a lot of time at Disney World—the happiest, but certainly not the healthiest, place on earth. So, in an effort to be health conscious on vacation, we would always make a trip to the Orlando Whole Foods and stock up on some prepared foods to bring back to our hotel room mini fridge (this was before I decided to make a regular habit of traveling with our own homemade foods—there will be more to come on this topic soon). My other half always used to buy a container of pre-made Asian Noodles from Whole Foods. He enjoyed them as a small, filling snack, and even started buying containers at our local Whole Foods to take to work. I was never a huge fan of them because they were always extremely oily and the noodles were always overcooked. So I decided to make my own—they are much less expensive to make a much greater quantity than the pre-packaged store-bought version. So now, he can take them to work for several days in a row for a fraction of the cost. This is such a flavorful pasta salad recipe and is a lot lighter and more refreshing than more traditional pasta salad recipes. It is now a staple for us at family BBQs and pool parties.
- 1 pound box of uncooked pasta of your choice
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- Zest and juice of one lime
- 1 1.5-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated or minced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro
- 6 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 cup of shredded carrots
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. When pasta is cooked, drain and return to pot.
- In the pot, combine pasta, sesame oil, soy sauce, lime zest, lime juice, ginger, garlic, cilantro, parsley, scallions, carrots and sesame seeds. Mix well to combine.
- Refrigerate for an hour and serve. Enjoy!