Some people really don't like to make dinner.
I am not one of those people.
I love to make dinner. It's one of my most favorite times of day. It's probably because I don't have toddlers yet to worry about. Or picky eaters. Or kids minding their table manners. But for a little while longer, I can still enjoy the serenity of making supper. And I will.
I wanted to share a recipe with you today for a simple side dish. We don't eat a ton of pasta, opting for grains most often, however; this is one of my most favorite pasta side dishes. It's super simple to make – have you caught onto the pattern yet that I don't like complicated things? Very easy. Very delicious. Perfect for whippin' up on a weeknight when time is limited.
You will need:
– 1/4 cup soy sauce
– 3-5 cloves minced garlic
– 4 tablespoons oil (I use olive)
– 3 tablespoons sesame oil
– Pinch of red pepper flakes, if you like the heat!
– 2 tablespoons brown sugar
– 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
– 1 16 oz. package of organic whole wheat pasta
– 3-5 green onion, chopped finely
– Sesame seeds, for garnish
Step One: Put some water in a large saucepan, and cook your noodles, according to their directions. You don't want to overcook them – think 97% cooked.
Step Two: Mix the soy sauce, garlic, oil, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and rice vinegar together. Whisk to combine.
Step Three: Once the pasta is cooked, drain and return to the pot. Add the sauce to the warm pasta.
Step Four: Top the pasta off with the chopped green onions, as well as a generous sprinkle of sesame seeds. Unless, like me, you do not have sesame seeds because you keep forgetting to buy more. I hate when I do that.
Step Five: Eat. The. Noodles. I like to eat them room temperature, so I just let them hang out on the counter while I finish up with the rest of dinner. They are also really good right from the refrigerator. Or warm, too. I guess that means they are delicious at any temperature.
So there you have it.
While I may not have the fanciest table on the block, I am thankful that every night our kitchen is full of simple, delicious, homemade goodness to share together. Sitting down at the table together gives Stu and I a chance to reconnect. Talk about our day. Give the Lord thanks for blessing us with healthy, wonderful, accessible food. Plus we get to love on each other. And play footsies under the table and make googly eyes at each other.
Yup. This is one crazy and blessed life.
Happy Sesame Noodle(ing).