I tend to be a creature of habit when it comes to easy, weeknight meals. After a long day of work sometimes I lack creativity when I get home, especially if it’s after an evening event or workout. Therefore, you see lots of omelets, veggie burgers, bowls of cereal, or salads around the blog.
But, last night, after a five mile run in Central Park and a Pure Barre class with some fellow bloggers, I was not only ravenous but I was also craving an actual meal. Since it was already 9pm, there was no way I was going out to dinner. Instead, on the subway ride home, I started thinking about what was currently in our refrigerator and pantry that could create a nutritious and easy meal.
Thanks to the Asian Sea Bass we enjoyed Sunday night, the refrigerator was filled with ingredients such as minced garlic, ginger, bean sprouts, and vegetables. Within ten minutes of walking through the front door I had prepared a warm, satiating meal fondly called a Five Minute Asian Dinner.
Five Minute Asian Dinner
1 package shiritaki noodles
1/2 package defrosted Asian vegetables
1/3 cup bean sprouts
Drizzle of sesame oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp minced ginger
1 Tbsp scallions
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp orange marmalade
1. Par boil or microwave shiritaki noodles, according to directions, drain well
2.. While noodles are par boiling, defrost package of Asian vegetables.
3. Set aside 1/2 package of vegetables and well drained, par boiled noodles in a bowl together.
4. Drizzle sesame oil in a small saucepan on medium low heat on the stove.
5. Quickly saute garlic, ginger and scallions in saucepan.
6. Once warm, add peanut butter, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and orange marmalade.
7. Stir with a whisk over medium low heat for a few minutes until combined and melted.
8. Pour sauce over noodles and vegetables, mix well.