Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Takeout For One: Sweet Sesame Noodles

I've only had Chinese food once since beginning to eat gluten-free. Aside from an amazing meal at PF Chang's, I've been missing a lot of my favorite takeout dishes. Broccoli with garlic sauce. Shrimp lo mein. Sesame noodles.  I'm not confident enough with my gluten-free restaurant skills to attempt a meal at a restaurant where soy sauce is in so many dishes. But I am confident in my ability to pull together a dish that has all of the elements I'm missing while being gluten-free and healthy too.

Who needs Chinese takeout when you can make your own sesame noodles at home in less time than it takes to wait for delivery? This is an extremely simple recipe. Aside from cooking the noodles and baking the sweet potato, it takes less than five minutes to throw together. Add in some tofu and steamed veggies, and you've got a delicious dinner in under thirty minutes. Rachael Ray would be proud.

Sweet Sesame Noodles
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1 serving of your favorite gluten-free pasta, cooked according to directions
1/2 baked medium sweet potato, mashed
1 Tbsp. sunflower butter (alternative: peanut butter)
1 tsp. wheat-free tamari
1/4 tsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. chopped scallions
2-4 Tbsp. water
sesame seeds for garnish

  1. Whisk together the sweet potato, sunflower butter, tamari, sesame oil, scallions, and enough water to reach your desired consistency. I like 3 tbsp. of water, but you can use more or less depending on how thick you want the sauce to be. 
  2. Spoon over your noodles and stir to coat them evenly. You can let the noodles cool first or eat them warm. Again, your preference. 
  3. Sprinkle with sesame seeds for a garnish.
Serves 1  

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays


Kari said...

Wow, this sounds really delicious.

Grace said...

yum. yum. yum.

Anonymous said...

Sounds great! Can I ask where you find your wheat free Tamari? That is one gluten free item I cannot seem to find around my area :(


Just Call Me Zippy said...

I have all the ingredients except the wheat-free tamari. I guess that means I need to visit the store tomorrow. This sounds easy and scrumptious!:)

ellie rose said...

yum Iris! this looks so good!
and i think there's a lonely sweet potato at the bottom of the fridge...

Iris said...

Melodie - The brand I use is San-J. You can find it online if none of your local stores have it: http://astore.amazon.com/thedaidie-20/detail/B0001FI4BQ

It should be at Whole Foods and I would imagine most big grocery stores would have it too. Of course, I'm coming from Brooklyn where all the little local stores had it. I'm not sure where you are or what the stores near you are like.

maggiesavage said...

Yum! Thanks for this recipe Iris. There are many times when I'm too tired to make something and this will fit the bill for sure. I think even Callum and Liv will like it.

Alea said...

This looks really good. I don't think I could get away with just making enough for one!

Pure2raw twins said...

This noodles look divine!! Will have to make this soon!

Aubree Cherie said...

Oh Rachel Ray... You're so much more awesome than she could ever be! (and who can stand that fake smile she has all the time?! haha)

These look SO GOOD! I have eaten chinese food a few times since I started my diet last year, but I get sick every time. (You'd think I'd learn my lesson.. really, you would :))

I have every intention of making this and soon!!! Yum :)

~Aubree Cherie

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Comfort food! Yum! I love sesame. I actually really ramped up all of my Asian cooking once I went gluten-free. Armed with a bottle of San-J, anything is possible! (Okay, well, I haven't tackled crab rangoons yet, but we'll get to it eventually.)

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

I'll take an order. ;-) Looks delicious!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

The flavors in this dish must be amazing! Forget Rachel Ray ;-) , I'm proud of you! Can't wait to try this when we're back home. It won't heat up the kitchen too much either. Important factor this time of year.

Thanks, Iris!


Carrie said...

That looks SO good!! I need to stop reading food blogs when I'm starving!! Can I have a bowl please! :-)


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