The #SundaySupper crew is proud to again be sharing our interpretations of some of the amazing recipes from The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman. I could not participate the first time, but since I heard about the first even, I picked up my own copy and began perusing it. Katie is all about providing her kids, and help you give your, healthy and delicious food that isn’t overly complicated. And she talks about taking steps to make new flavors and cuisines more approachable and acceptable to even the picky eaters.
Now, as you have seen, The Bug certainly doesn’t fall into the picky eater category. Yes, there are plenty of things he won’t eat, like string beans, tomatoes that are not in sauce or ketchup form, toast (which he recently declared as “yucky!”), and cold cuts. But he is pretty adventurous. While Mexican food is his favorite, Asian comes in a close second. He loves stir frys, teriyaki and soy sauce, dumplings, you name it. So Katie’s Sesame Noodles aren’t really a stretch for him, but a Thai-inspired meal may not be part of every kid’s list of favorites. But pasta covered in a sauce made out of peanut butter – I don’t think most kids would turn that down.
As many of you know, I have a wheat allergy, so I try to stay away from gluten most of the time. But I love Sesame Noodles, and Katie’s sounded like a wonderful and crazy easy recipe, so I wanted to make a gluten-free version. This was simple enough, in this case – tamari instead of soy sauce (or you could use one of the gluten-free brands of soy sauce), and gluten-free noodles. I have only made gluten-free noodles a couple of times, and think I need to work on erring on the side of undercooking, because they do get a little soft. Honestly, I didn’t mind – easier to pick up with chopsticks! But you won’t have this problem if you cook your gluten-free noodles a little less than I did, use thicker noodles (I had thin spaghetti on hand), or use regular pasta. Also, not that this is gluten-free, but I also use 1 T coconut oil in place of 1 T of the canola oil, and I think I’d like to substitute the entire amount next time, as I think the slight hint of coconut flavor lends itself well to the Thai flavors.
Oh, and I am like 95% sure that I completely forgot to add the brown sugar, so I am listing that as optional. We loved it, even without it, though I am sure it adds a nice sweetness to the bold flavors in the sauce. But if you want to keep added and/or unrefined sugars out of this meal, it will still be wonderful. Also, it was clearly one of those days – I forgot to toss the cooked pasta with a little sesame oil, as per Katie’s directions, so, since I made the noodles in advance, they absorbed quite a bit of the sauce. They just needed a splash of water and a few second in the microwave to “revive” them.
This was a super-easy meal to prepare in advance. Early in the day, I whizzed up the sauce in my Magic Bullet. Later on, I tossed the sauce with the pasta. Then right before serving, I cooked up some shrimp and broccoli.
Katie gives a number of suggestions for what to add in or serve with the noodles. I topped them with a little chopped scallions, shaved carrots, and sesame seeds. Then, since gluten-free pasta usually comes in an 8oz. package, I only put half of the sauce on the noodles, and we used the rest for drizzling over some steamed broccoli and sautéed shrimp.
The Bug was such a huge fan of these noodles, and The Hubby and I could not stop raving about them. The little guy devoured them for dinner, and polished off the leftovers for lunch the next day. This recipe is a total keeper! It WILL become part of our regular rotation. I think I want to make it with some Thai-style rice noodles, and turn it into a Pad Thai.
Make sure you check out all of the recipes below that the #SundaySupper gang has cooked up from The Mom 100 Cookbook. As usual, #SundaySupper starts at 3:00pm EST by showcasing fabulous recipes and casually chatting. Follow us on twitter by using hashtag #Sundaysupper or using Tweetchat. We love to feature your recipes on our #sundaysupper pinterest board and share them with all our followers. But this week, we are lucky to have a twitter chat with Katie herself at 7:00 pm est. Join us and chat with Katie about being a mom, kids and Spending time Around the Family Table.
Even more exciting, we will be giving away 3 copies of the Mom 100 Cookbooks. This is an event you don’t want to miss!!
How do you introduce new flavors and cuisines to your kids?
For the Sesame Sauce
- 1 piece (2 inches) peeled fresh ginger
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 T light or dark brown sugar (optional, See Note 1)
- 1/3 c creamy peanut butter (See Note 2)
- 2 T rice vinegar or sherry vinegar
- 2 T regular or low-sodium soy sauce (See Note 3 for gluten-free variation)
- 1/2 to 1 t chili pepper sauce, such as Sriracha or Tobasco
- 3 T vegetable, peanut, or canola oil (See Note 4)
- 2 T Asian (dark) sesame oil
For the Noodles
- Kosher or coarse salt (optional)
- 1 package (16 oz.) dried thin spaghetti, or any pasta that you like, such as rotini or linguini (See Note 5 for gluten-free variation)
For the garnish
- Chopped scallions, toasted sesame seeds, fresh cilantro.
- Make the sesame sauce: Place the ginger and garlic into a food processor or a blender and run the machine until they are finely minced. Add the brown sugar, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, hot sauce, vegetable oil, and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Process until smooth and reserve the sesame sauce in the food processor.
- Prepare the noodles: Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add salt and let the water return to a boil. Add the noodles and cooking them according to the package directions until just tender. Set aside 1 cup of the noodle cooking water, then drain the noodles. Rinse them quickly with warm warm and drain again.
- Add the reserved cup of cooking water to the sesame sauce and process to blend. Place the warm drained noodles in a large bowl and toss them with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Add the sauce and mix until everything is coated. Taste for seasoning, adding salt, if necessary. (See Note 6)
- Let the noodles cool to room temperature; they will absorb more sauce as they sit.
- Mix in any add-ins, like chicken, shrimp, broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, etc., and/or garnish as desired.
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