Chinese Noodles Two Ways!

Guest Blog Post by Rena Tuchinsky

Hi I’m Rena! I recently started blogging over at my blog “No Way That’s Healthy!” I’ve known Alison for about 7 years now. When I got married Alison made me this huge cookbook with tons of great recipes. C’mon, how awesome is she! I’ve used so many of her recipes and some have even become staples in our home.

One of those recipes is Teriyaki Chicken salad. It is such a hit and I love to use it as a starter to a meal or even on its own for dinner. It goes really well with my sesame or peanut butter noodles. Some recipes call for a ton of unnecessary sugar and if you read my blog you know that I like to find alternatives. So I’ve adjusted these recipes to make them healthy without sacrificing any of the great taste. And of course, they’re super simple. Just the way I like it!



Sesame Noodles
1 Bag of whole wheat spaghetti or fettuccine noodles.
1/2 C. Low odium oy sauce
1/4 C. Sesame oil
1/8 C. Honey, can use up to 1/4 cup if you like it sweeter.
2 Scallions, sliced thinly using the white and dark part.
sesame seeds, to sprinkle

Boil pasta till cooked. Mix together the soy sauce, oil, and honey. Stir into the hot pasta. Mix in the scallions and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
This can be served warm, cold, or room temperature.  


Peanut Butter Noodles
1 bag of whole wheat spaghetti or fettuccine noodles.
1/2 C. All natural peanut butter
3 TBS. Teriyaki sauce
3 TBS. Soy sauce
1 TBS. Minced garlic
3/4 tsp. Powdered ginger or fresh minced ginger if you have
1/2 C. Water or more
1/8 -1/4 C. Honey (optional if you’d like it sweeter)
optional: for some heat add a splash of siracha sauce.
Handful of chopped peanuts
Sprinkle of sesame seeds
Boil pasta till cooked. Whisk together sauce ingredients except for the honey. Add water to thin out. Taste. Add honey if you’d like it sweeter. Pour over warm pasta. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and sesame seeds. Can be served warm, cold, or room temperature.
Note: The natural peanut butter and teriyaki sauce I used had a sweet taste therefore I did not need honey, but I have used brands before that were not sweet and I’ve added honey to balance out the flavor.

Enjoy!

Thanks Ali for having me as a guest! 

Feel free to check out more of my healthy recipes and tips on my blog nowaythatshealthy.blogspot.com

Desserts Are Better Frozen

As you might have discovered by reading my previous posts, I love frozen desserts!  Have you ever tried frozen Lemon Meringue Pie or frozen Chocolate Chip Cookies?  They are so fantastic that your life will change!   
Ice cream is probably the most popular frozen dessert.  The cold and creamy texture can bring anyone to their knees asking for more!  I discovered this recipe for halvah ice cream by Vicky and Ruth from MayIHaveThatRecipe.  They grew up in Barcelona, Spain and have fantastic recipes and bold and colorful pictures on their site!  
If you have ever been to Israel and tasted halvah from the Jersualem marketplace you know what halvah tastes like!  It has a very dry consistency, but not unpleasant, and is so sweet and delightfully earthy at the same time.  Basically made of ground sesame seeds and sugar, it is a popular dessert in the Middle East.  

I adapted their recipe a bit by using cinnamon in my sauce instead of cardamom, and using dates as a garnish instead of pistachios.  This is a vegan and processed sugar-free dessert and tastes so divine, like seriously divine!  The original recipe called for powdered sugar, but I used a combination of maple syrup and potato starch.  It rocks the house, raises the roof…you get the point.
Halva Ice Cream with a Cinnamon-Halva Sauce
I adapted this recipe to eliminate cane sugar, but you can check out the real recipe HERE
Ice Cream:
2 C. Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 C. Tahini
4 TBS. Maple Syrup
Pinch of salt
Dates for garnish

Halvah Sauce:
2 TBS. Tahini Paste
2 TBS. Corn Starch or Potato Starch
2 TBS. Maple Syrup
2 TBS. Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
In a medium size sauce pan, bring milk and agave to a simmer. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in tahini until well incorporated. Add a pinch of salt, let it cool and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Pour into an ice cream maker and churn until creamy, 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately (see note)

For the Halvah Sauce:
Whisk tahini and corn starch until well incorporated. Add almond milk and maple syrup one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly. Add cinnamon and mix well. Drizzle Halvah sauce over sorbet right before serving 
and garnish with dates.

Notes
Sorbet will harden significantly once it freezes. If you are not planning on serving it immediately, we suggest freezing it in ready-to-eat portions and let it thaw for a couple of minutes before eating.  The sauce will harden and thicken in the fridge as well. 

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