Friday, February 17, 2012
Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Shrimp
This meal uses one of our favorite pastas - soba noodles. Soba is a Japanese noodle, shaped a lot like spaghetti, made with whole-grain buckwheat flour. We bought ours at a Japanese market, but you can probably find them in the international section of your supermarket. Soba is considered a good pasta choice for athletes.
The noodles are coated in a creamy asian-influenced peanut sauce, and topped with grilled shrimp. The peanut sauce is one of Nick's favorite things, so we've made this, or variations, several times. We top the dish various proteins and vegetables, but these shrimp were one of the best versions.
This recipe yields two generous servings, each of which is packed with complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein. It's not diet food, but rather food designed to keep you fueled and energized. I especially like this meal on days where I had a long run or challenging workout.
Feel free to substitute chicken, tofu, slices of beef, or whatever other protein you like as a topping if you don't care for shrimp.
Soba with Peanut Sauce and Shrimp
Yield: 2-3 servings
6 oz soba noodles
8 oz raw shrimp, thawed if frozen
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp fresh, finely chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp mirin
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 tsp honey
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
To garnish: (optional)
Sliced green onions
1. Combine ingredients for shrimp sauce, and refrigerate for an hour or so to let the flavors meld.
2. Pre-heat grill for direct grilling over high heat. Place shrimp on skewers. Divide shrimp sauce into two containers; set one container aside. Brush shrimp on both sides with sauce.
3. Prepare soba noodles according to package directions. (I boiled them for six minutes in salted water.) While noodles boil, combine all ingredients for peanut sauce. Set aside.
4. Grill shrimp, 2 or so minutes per side, brushing with more sauce. When the shrimp are finished, place on a plate and pour the reserved sauce over them.
5. When the soba noodles are finished cooking, drain, then return to the pot and toss with the peanut sauce. Portion into bowls, and top with 3 to 6 shrimp per bowl. Garnish as desired. (Chopsticks optional.)