Spicy Sesame & Peanut Noodles

This is a scrumptious and speedy dish that only takes as long as the noodles to cook! A spicy and sweet creamy peanut butter and fragrant sesame blender sauce is tossed with chewy spaghetti noodles and fresh, parboiled broccoli rabe for a comforting meal. I hope this will be a new staple in your home, as it is in ours!

Spicy Sesame & Peanut Noodles (Produce On Parade) This is a scrumptious and speedy dish that only takes as long as the noodles to cook! A spicy and sweet creamy peanut butter and fragrant sesame blender sauce is tossed with chewy spaghetti noodles and fresh, parboiled broccoli rabe for a comforting meal. I hope this will be a new staple in your home, as it is in ours!

There's a bit of green in this dish. A wee accent counts right? Once again I have failed to jump aboard the holiday-food-party bandwagon. What the heck; you'd think a food blogger would be all over that stuff! Green errrything, but nope. Alas, my festive side fails to show up the party. Apparently it's as hermit-like as my real self! I guess that makes sense. Do you get in the celebratory spirit on St. Patrick's Day by making green food? When I was a kid my mom made green eggs. It made me uneasy. I don't like food to look as it shouldn't; even the green rice krispie treats put me off. 

I am currently drinking matcha as a write this, in a green cup nonetheless... and that should certainly count for something. I got green inside me. I think I'll tell people that when they try to pinch me for wearing all black. It should go over real well. 

Honestly... I just forgot it was St. Patty's Day... but this super green photo of broccoli rabe below should put you in the spirit! #mustgetmyshittogetherforremainingholidays

Spicy Sesame & Peanut Noodles (Produce On Parade) This is a scrumptious and speedy dish that only takes as long as the noodles to cook! A spicy and sweet creamy peanut butter and fragrant sesame blender sauce is tossed with chewy spaghetti noodles and fresh, parboiled broccoli rabe for a comforting meal. I hope this will be a new staple in your home, as it is in ours!
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Spicy Sesame & Peanut Noodles (Produce On Parade) This is a scrumptious and speedy dish that only takes as long as the noodles to cook! A spicy and sweet creamy peanut butter and fragrant sesame blender sauce is tossed with chewy spaghetti noodles and fresh, parboiled broccoli rabe for a comforting meal. I hope this will be a new staple in your home, as it is in ours!
Spicy Sesame & Peanut Noodles (Produce On Parade) This is a scrumptious and speedy dish that only takes as long as the noodles to cook! A spicy and sweet creamy peanut butter and fragrant sesame blender sauce is tossed with chewy spaghetti noodles and fresh, parboiled broccoli rabe for a comforting meal. I hope this will be a new staple in your home, as it is in ours!
Spicy Sesame & Peanut Noodles (Produce On Parade) This is a scrumptious and speedy dish that only takes as long as the noodles to cook! A spicy and sweet creamy peanut butter and fragrant sesame blender sauce is tossed with chewy spaghetti noodles and fresh, parboiled broccoli rabe for a comforting meal. I hope this will be a new staple in your home, as it is in ours!

Spicy Sesame & Peanut Noodles

Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Published 03/17/2016

This is a scrumptious and speedy dish that only takes as long as the noodles to cook! A spicy and sweet creamy peanut butter and fragrant sesame blender sauce is tossed with chewy spaghetti noodles and fresh, parboiled broccoli rabe for a comforting meal. I hope this will be a new staple in your home, as it is in ours!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dried spaghetti noodles
  • 1 bunch of fresh broccoli rabe, florets and stems chopped
  • ¼ cup white sesame seeds + more for garnish
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp vegan granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp sliced fresh ginger
  • 2 heaping tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 4 large garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh garlic chili paste, to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 4 fresh green onions, sliced

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat for the pasta. Cook according to the package, about 9 minutes, until al dente. When there’s about 3 minutes left for the noodles to cook, add the chopped broccoli rabe to parboil. Strain the noodles and broccoli rabe; return to the pot and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small frying pan toast the sesame seeds over medium-low heat for about 5-8 minutes until slightly golden brown and fragrant, stirring frequently (taking care not to burn). Place in blender once finished.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients in the blender along with the sesame seeds, excluding the green onions. Blend on high until super smooth. Stir into the cooked pasta and broccoli rabe until well combined along with the green onions. Serve warm. These noodles are also great chilled!

Yield: 6

Spicy Sesame & Peanut Noodles (Produce On Parade) This is a scrumptious and speedy dish that only takes as long as the noodles to cook! A spicy and sweet creamy peanut butter and fragrant sesame blender sauce is tossed with chewy spaghetti noodles and fresh, parboiled broccoli rabe for a comforting meal. I hope this will be a new staple in your home, as it is in ours!
Spicy Sesame & Peanut Noodles (Produce On Parade) This is a scrumptious and speedy dish that only takes as long as the noodles to cook! A spicy and sweet creamy peanut butter and fragrant sesame blender sauce is tossed with chewy spaghetti noodles and fresh, parboiled broccoli rabe for a comforting meal. I hope this will be a new staple in your home, as it is in ours!

I got real worked up about the fact that the USA is the only first world country with no mandated paid maternity/paternity leave. I even wrote my employer's HR department to champion a paid maternity leave program. They were like yeah... no. Hey, if you don't take action you can't really blame anyone but yourself for not trying to change things for the better. Take action and let congress know that it's a pretty messed up situation. Check out the infographic below for more information. 

Roasted Garlic Sesame Broccoli

Whenever I go to the store I always buy a couple heads of broccoli. I never have any idea what I'm going to use it for, which is highly uncharacteristic of me but I like to have it on hand because it encourages me to eat 1/2-2 heads per week and it's nice to throw into soups or other dishes. Sometimes I'll just steam it up and drizzle with a sauce, or top with cashews and nutritional yeast. Yesterday, however, I wanted to make something a little more involved. Now, this broccoli is hardly "involved" but it sure tastes like it is. This is a really quick recipe for dressing up broccoli with roasted garlic and a flavorful sesame sauce.

Produce On Parade - Roasted Garlic Sesame Broccoli

Roast for a quick 20 minutes and you'll have the perfect for side dish or a snack! This is definitely one of my new favorite ways to have broccoli.

To learn more about broccoli and what it can do for you, check out this wealth of information on the little green guys at nutritionfacts.org. It's my go-to place for scientifically based research on nutrition! 

Produce On Parade - Roasted Garlic Sesame BroccoliRoasted Garlic Sesame Broccoli

Serves 2

  • 2 small heads of broccoli, florets only largely chopped 
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid amino acids (or soy sauce)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Chop the broccoli and transfer to a large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Next, drizzle the sauce over the broccoli and mix well to coat. 

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Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes.  Halfway through, stir and rotate.

Serve hot as a side or snack. 

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German Word of The Day: Broccoli --> Brokkoli (It's pronounced pretty much the same, I just thought it was cool that it's with two "k" instead of the "c". 

Good Deed of The Day: This is totally disgusting! Help stop the cruel "entertainment" of tigers be electrocuted alive. These so-called "visual feasts" are followed by the tigers being butchered and fed to the attendees. Then the body parts are given as expensive gifts or sold on the black market. Sign the petition. 

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Sesame Kale Salad with Millet and Sprouted Beans

I have a secret and I feel that I am compelled to confess.  First, let me start by saying I love me some kale. I'm on that damn kale bandwagon, people. Seriously. I'm vegan...how could I not be? Well, here goes, I am kind of embarrassed to tell you that I am not all that into kale salads. What!? Oh, for shame! I know, I know...I have at least a handful of kale salad recipes here on my very own site.

It's true though, you know. They're just not really my bag. I will sometimes enjoy the occasional kale salad, however, I am very particular about them. They have to be pretty exceptional for me to really enjoy them and let's just say that this Sesame Kale Salad with Millet and Sprouted Beans blew my socks clean off, you guys! 

Produce On Parade - Sesame Kale Salad with Millet and Sprouted Beans

This is the best freaking kale salad I've ever had. Scratch all those other kale salad recipes you've got floating around and make this one instead. It is sooooo good. A new staple in our house for sure. Even Todd, Captain Vegan Junk Food Man, liked it. Todd...enjoying a kale salad...what is happening?! 

Creamy millet, hearty beans, sweet carrot ribbons and a flavorful sesame dressing with toasted sesame seeds all mingle with salted, massaged kale to make up my new favorite kale salad.

Hey, I think I actually do like kale salad afterall...

Sesame Kale Salad with Millet and Sprouted Beans 

Makes 6 large servings

Inspired by the lovely Scandi Home

  • --For The Salad--
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups sprouted bean trio, dry
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup millet
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bunch of kale, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large carrot, peeled into ribbons
  • --For The Dressing--
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sugar or erythritol 
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 green onion, sliced

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the sesame seeds on a baking sheet and when the oven reaches temperature, bake them for about 10 minutes or until just browned and fragrant. Careful not to let them burn.

In a large saucepan bring the dry beans and 4 1/2 cups water to a boil. Then cover, and turn down to a simmer. Allow to cook for about 20-30 minutes. Test the beans for your preferred doneness. Drain, rinse and set aside for later.

In a small saucepan add the millet only and toast over medium heat for a few minutes. Then, add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.  Cover, and turn down to a simmer. Allow to cook for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to sit, covered for about 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside for later. 

Produce On Parade - Sesame Kale Salad with Millet and Sprouted Beans

Add the kale to a large salad bowl and sprinkle it with the salt. Massage the kale for a minute or two. This will make it a little more tender. Add in the carrot ribbons and the sesame seeds and toss to mix. 

Produce On Parade - Sesame Kale Salad with Millet and Sprouted Beans

Produce On Parade - Sesame Kale Salad with Millet and Sprouted Beans

Combine all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or pitcher and whisk well to combine. 

Produce On Parade - Sesame Kale Salad with Millet and Sprouted Beans

Add the cooked beans to the kale and toss well to mix. Then, drizzle in the dressing and add the cooked millet and toss well to combine. Make sure to break up any millet clumps. Break it up, millet!

Serve at room temperature, then refrigerate any leftovers. 

Produce On Parade - Sesame Kale Salad with Millet and Sprouted Beans

Produce On Parade - Sesame Kale Salad with Millet and Sprouted Beans

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