7/5/11

Asian inspired sesame noodles with vegetables

Yum


I am home again. I was literally everywhere last week, went back and forth in Hungary. Since I love traveling, whether it means traveling locally or abroad, I loved every second of it! But being on a vacation or on the go also means that my lifestyle is changing also. So no working out, very very minimal amount of vegetables and even a smaller amount of fruits. Sleeping time turned up side down - so eating and drinking during the night. Pretty much the worst one can do to their body! And well...being back I noticed all the consequences...A few pounds sticked to my middle and thighs and face is totally puffed up. Not to mention my lack of energy, therefore lack of motivation to workout, too! So what to do what to do...
I am trying really hard to get back to my usual schedule and being a little extra strict to myself :) So what to eat when it's not only me I am cooking for? I would have been happy (okay, semi happy) with just a salad but my family would have been not quite as satisfied with it so I thought I'd make some Asian noodles with vegetables. Can't go wrong with Asian food...It is filling, satisfyingly yummy and pretty healthy, too!

Asian inspired sesame noodles with vegetables
For 4 people

1 package of Asian noodles - whatever you have at home, my favorite is rice noodles
2 carrots
1 red bell pepper
1 onion
garlic
cilantro
bamboo shoot
lemongrass
sesame seeds

for the sauce:
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/3 cup light soy sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Bring water to boil and cook the noodles for 4-5 minutes or until it is yield on the box. Add sesame oil to the noodles after they are ready. Chop the vegetables and heat peanut oil in a wok.
Add onions, carrots and bell pepper to the wok and cook for about 8 minutes. Add the lemongrass.

Stir the ingredients for the sauce together. Add a few spoons to the vegetables. Add the bamboo shoots and cook for 1 more minute and add the noodles and the remaining sauce. Stir together and sprinkle it with the sesame seeds and the cilantro. 




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