Sometimes all I want is a big bowl of noodles, but... have zero desire for a heavy sauce. This is usually the case during the summer months. I got to thinking about how much I love Asian cuisine (not an expert by any means!), and thought I'd attempt my own take on sesame noodles. I opted for almond butter over peanut butter since I'm personally sensitive to peanuts, and added elements of sweet, spice, and citrus to round out a full-bodied, yet light flavor. I prefer to eat this dish cold or room-temperature, but you certainly can enjoy it warm. By the way... this dish is husband-approved, so I hope it becomes a family favorite for you too!
1 package brown rice fettuccini or spaghetti-style noodles (I love the brand Tinkyada!)
3 carrots (of any color!)
Avocado oil spray (or any cooking spray)
2 Tbsp raw almond butter (Drippy is best! I love Trader Joe's brand.)
2 Tbsp raw tahini
3 Tbsp filtered water
1 Tbsp liquid aminos*
¼ tsp ground ginger
Dash of chili powder (maybe ⅛ tsp if measured)
Juice of ½ a lemon (about 1 Tbsp)
1 tsp organic pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
What to Do:
Cook brown rice noodles according to instructions; I prefer mine a little al dente.
Drain and rinse noodles well with cold water. This step is important when cooking brown rice noodles; otherwise, they will stick together! Place noodles back into saucepan (heat off).
Scrub or peel carrots and slice into very thin 2-inch strips. You can also shred them, but I prefer more of a crunch, so I slice thinly!
Spray a skillet with avocado oil and cook sliced carrots over medium heat just until they are tender and develop a slight brown on their edges. (You can certainly skip this step if you don't have trouble digesting raw veggies.) Set aside.
For the sauce: add the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Using a spoon or rubber spatula, mix well until thoroughly combined and sauce is smooth.
Pour almond sesame sauce over noodles in the saucepan and mix gently but well so that all noodles are covered evenly. Fold in carrots and sprinkle in sesame seeds.
Serve in your favorite bowls and enjoy!
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