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15 minutes healthy noodle recipe - Spicy Asparagus Soba Stir Fry

I am a noodle person.  Maybe this is why it doesn’t bother me for living in Italy.  I also live real close to this organic supermarket called NaturaSí.  The shop sells practically everything you could possibly think of and most products are Fairtrade certified.  This is Italy’s largest supermarket chain specializing in the sales of organic food items while fully respecting the sustainability parameters.  The pricing is indeed slightly higher but I think it is justified by the high quality and authenticity of the products.  For those who practice a sustainable living in Italy, NaturaSí is certainly the ideal choice. 

What came to surprise me is that NaturaSí actually carries a lot of Japanese food produce.  So whenever I get a little homesick and long for fusion meals,  I can just pop by there to get some soba or rice noodles. 

Here are my extremely easy noodle recipe ideas for the busy bees! 

Spicy Asparagus Soba Stir Fry

Servings: 2 persons

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: less than 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

1/2 lb fresh asparagus, cut in 1-inch pieces, julienned the stalk parts and leave the heads

1 garlic, finely chopped

1 stalk spring onion, finely chopped

1 tsp minced fresh ginger

1/2 chili, finely chopped

1 radish, slivered *optional

1 tbsp mirin

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp sesame seeds

200g soba or mei fun (rice noodle)

sesame oil or extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

1) Cook soba according to its packaging label.  After soba is cooked, rinse with cold water and drain well.  Set aside.

2) Preheat a saucepan with 2-3 tbsp oil on medium-low heat, cook chopped garlic, spring onion, chilli, and ginger 1-2 minutes.  

3) Stir in asparagus and mirin.  Cook 1-2 minutes.  

4) Add water and soy sauce, put a lid on and let the vegetables cook 3-5 minutes.  

5) Add soba and mix well.  Season if necessary.  Heat off. 

6) Garnish with some sesame seeds, radish, chopped spring onion, and a drizzle of sesame oil before serving.  

Spicy Asparagus Soba Stir Fry

Stir Fry Veggies & Rice Noodle -- Here is the mei fun (rice noodle) version stir fry.  The steps are pretty much the same as the one before except I used zucchini instead of asparagus.   

Cold Veggies Soba - another extremely easy soba salad I like to make for cooling the steamy hot summer.  

Ingredients for dressing:

1/4 soy sauce

1/3 water

1 tsp minced garlic 

1 tsp chopped spring onion

1 tsp minced ginger

1 tbsp mirin

1/2 chili, seeded, finely chopped

1/4 lemon or 1/2 lime juice and zest

2-3 tbsp sesame oil 

extra-virgin olive oil

a wonderful dish for the busy bees...

When the temperature rises, our palate often crave something refreshing and light.  This delicious and easy pasta is perfect for that.  It is inspired by one of my favorite Jamie Oliver's crew members, Gennaro from "Two Greedy Italians."  I love the way these guys interact with each other and their audience.  I can never get sick of watching their videos.  :) I made some veggie soup yesterday and got some leftover.  So my little secret for today's simple pasta is to use a ladle of yesterday's veggie soup as an extra kick to the dish.  I can tell you- it was GOOD.  :D 

It takes less than 15 minutes to make and pack with nutrients.  I think it is a perfect lunch for the busy bees to last through the day.  

Servings: 1 person

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

100g cherry tomatoes, halved

1 chili, de-seeded, finely chopped

2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1-2 basil sprig, chopped

1 ladle vegetable soup stock/cooked pasta water

1/2 lemon zest

1 tbsp grated parmesan

100g spaghetti, cook according to the package label

extra-virgin olive oil

Ingredients: 

1) Cook the pasta in a boiling pot and remove the pasta 1 minute earlier according to the package label.  

2) Preheat a sauce pan with oil on medium low heat, add garlic and chili.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.  Make sure you stir and reduce heat (if necessary) to avoid burning the garlic. 

3) Add the chopped basil and cherry tomatoes, cook for 3-5 minutes.  

4) Add a ladle of vegetable stock to the sauce pan.  

5) Add the "almost" cooked pasta to the sauce pan and mix well on low heat for about 1 minute.  Heat off and season.

6) Garnish with some small basil leaves, lemon zest and grated parmesan.  Add a drizzle of olive oil and serve.