Friday, April 27, 2012

Dinner in a Pinch

It's feels like I'm always on the run. Juggling work, social events, and hobbies can leave very little time for cooking at home. I've been on a mission to create dishes that require minimal prep and cook time, and that actually taste good. I tried out a soba noodle and vegetable dish for the first time the other day. It was basically a trial and error process since I didn't use a recipe, but it turned out well!

Tired of cooking pasta? Japanese soba noodles are a great alternative, and can be served chilled or in hot broth as soup. They also contain beneficial antioxidants and all eight essential amino acids.

 Soba Noodles with Vegetables - The finished product

The great thing about this dish is that there are no real "rules" to follow. You can add or take out ingredients as you wish. As long as you have the noodles, you're good to go.

Ingredients (creates 1 large serving):

- 1/2 package of 100% buckwheat soba noodles (can be found at most grocery stores)
- Frozen vegetable medley of your choice*

*I used 1/2 a bag of Trader Joe's Asian Vegetables with Beijing Style Soy Sauce, and ditched sauce packet. If you're feeling adventurous, rinse, pat dry, and chop fresh vegetables. Carrots, green beans, mushrooms, baby corn, broccoli and bell peppers all work well for this dish.

Sauce Mixture (for 1 serving):

- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili oil (caution: this came out spicy so cut back if you want it more mild!)
- 1 clove of garlic (I like to use Dorot fresh frozen garlic)


1. Start by boiling water in a large pot, and mixing the sauce ingredients together in a bowl
2. Next, dump soba noodles into pot and follow package cooking instructions
3. While soba noodles cook, bring a skillet to medium high heat. Coat skillet with olive oil spray and place veggies in pan. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes or until tender. Add sauce mixture to veggies a few minutes in, making sure to stir thoroughly.

4. Once noodles finish cooking, immediately drain and rinse noodles with cold water.
5. Combine veggies with noodles, and enjoy!

Have you tried soba noodles before? What did you think?



  1. Looks delish! I wish I had more time on my hands to cook :/

  2. That looks wonderful and so simple to make. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks Lauren.

  3. AH I love soba noodles :) haven't tried them in awhile.



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