simple sesame noodles

Simple noodles like these just keep making appearances, don’t they? I’ve really been enjoying cool noodle bowls this summer and these are certainly no exception. All I need now are some Noodle Bowls and along with some chopsticks, I’m ready to slurp away!

Paired with some baked tofu, these noodles only need some veggies on the side and lunch or dinner can be on the table in minutes. I like to make these ahead of time during “Sunday Prep Days” so they are ready to go for those busy weeknights that we all know and love. :)

Simple Sesame Noodles – 2 servings

  • 2 servings whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce (I use low-sodium)
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

Toss noodles with soy sauce and sesame oil until all noodles are coated.

Top with green onion slices, sesame seeds and a drizzle of sesame oil if desired.

edamame pesto pasta

After sampling this pasta at the Macy’s Culinary Council Event I knew I needed to make it very, very soon. I’ve clearly been loving the Asian flavors this summer so why not keep the trend going?

This pesto,  much like the classic basil pesto is not just limited to pasta. Try this topping on salmon, tossed with shrimp or tofu or even thinned out as a dressing for salads. Whatever you put it on, the fresh flavors will have you coming back for more.

Edamame Pesto - makes about 2 cups worth

  • 1 cup cooked edamame, shelled
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • 4 small cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

Process all ingredients until desired consistency. Add a little water if mixture is too thick.

*I also drizzled a bit of sesame oil over the pasta before serving

pulled pork tacos

Here is another easy crock-pot meal taken from Health magazine (December 2009). This is my kind of crock-pot meal – place meat, salsa and seasonings in the crock pot and set the timer. I used a smoky salsa, cayenne pepper, cumin and chili powder and a 2 lb pork shoulder. (from the Co-op so the meat is good, right taster? ;) )  I set the timer for about 7 hours on low and it was falling off the bone and essentially shredding itself when the timer went off.

Served with all the fix-ins this was such a satisfying meal. The pork was excellent, the toppings were fresh and refreshing and this recipe is definitely a keeper!

  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • cilantro
  • lime wedges
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • light sour cream

lentil & garbanzo stew

In need of a quick, easy (not to mention inexpensive) crock-pot meal? Enter in a vegetarian meal that will leave your home smelling wonderful and is so simple to throw together. Now I made this on a Sunday so sauteing onions, garlic and jalapeno at 9AM was not too bad, but could easily be done the night before for weeknight meals.

The recipe can be found here on the Whole Foods website. I pretty much followed the recipe exactly but think next time I would add 2 containers of  Greek yogurt which was still more than what was called for. You know I like my dairy :)

It is best served over steamed veggies and or rice and topped with cilantro!