10 Minute Dinner
Some days you're running around like mad, everyone is on a different schedule, no one is eating at the same time, you may have the ability to warm something up, you may not and you may not be able to keep something cold. These are the times when we usually grab for a quick and easy meal that is more often than not - unhealthy.
If you have 10 minutes, making a huge bowl of buckwheat soba noodles*, throwing in a bag of (cooked) organic, shelled edamame, tossing with toasted sesame oil, gomasio, and a little extra sea salt is a great solution. So easy, so satisfying and so yummy!! Can be enjoyed hot or cold, (most) kids love it, (most) adults love it. Honestly, overtime I cook this - it is gone in 60 seconds and is an equally big hit with picky kids as it is with foodie adults.
Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Whenever.
*Using 100% buckwheat noodles would make this dish gluten free but I've gotta say the buckwheat / wheat combo noodles taste much better, in my opinion. Cook them exactly as stated otherwise they turn pretty gloopy, pretty fast and rinse immediately with cool water to stop them from cooking further.
It hardly needs a proper recipe but here goes:
- For a family of 4 I use one pack of Hakubaku Organic Soba Noodles - the pack contains three individually wrapped portions of noodles. Be sure to remove the wrap!!
- One pack of Frozen Organic Shelled Edamame (in my opinion, it's vital that your soy products are organic. Soy is one of the most over-produced agricultural products on the planet and most of it is genetically modified and/or overly sprayed with toxic fertilizers and insecticides. In general I don't believe soy is bad but it's very easy for soy to become bad for you. Please only buy certified organic. If it's organic it's automatically non-gmo)
- Toasted Sesame Oil
- Gomasio (or toasted sesame seeds)
- Sea Salt (optional - Gomasio contains salt so use your own palate to gauge salt levels)
- Bring a large pasta pot to a rolling boil.
- Bring a small saucepan to a rolling boil.
The Edamame takes approx 6 minutes to cook and the noodles cook in about 4 minutes but need to be drained and rinsed immediately otherwise they get very sticky. I usually throw the noodles in first and then a minute later the edamame. Once the noodles are done, throw into the colander to drain. If you want to eat them warm - throw into a bowl and sprinkle with sesame oil to prevent them from sticking. If you prefer them room temperature (we do) rinse with cool water before popping them into the aforementioned bowl and sprinkling them with sesame oil. Add the drained and rinsed edamame, the gomasio and tweak qualities of oil, salt, seed as you see fit! As a room temp dish, this is even less stressful as it can be prepared a little ahead of time and already be waiting for you on the table!