Monday Munchies: Cold Nutty Noodles With Broccoli

It’s Monday and we’re hungry! We gave you a list of the 10 foods teens should eat in our September issue and now we want to show you some tasty ways to prepare them. Start the week off right with a simple, healthy, and delicious recipe that focuses on teen nutrition and that even the most kitchen-newbie can create. This week, Cold Nutty Noodles with Broccoli!

Love those peanut butter noodles from that great Chinese restaurant near you? Here's a healthier version that's so easy to make you might rethink your next take-out order!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat noodles
  • 2-3 cups broccoli florets (the top part of broccoli)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (make sure it doesn't contain sugar or corn syrup)
  • 2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil (if you have it)
  • Cooking water from pasta
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hot sauce

Directions:

  1.  In a large pot, bring water to a boil and throw in five or six shakes of salt
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce by blending together the peanut butter, soy sauce, and vinegar with either a blender or a whisk.
  3. Boil the pasta according to the directions on the box. Two minutes before it's done, add the broccoli florets. When the pasta is done (don't let it get mushy), take out a half cup of the cooking water and set it aside, then pour the pasta and broccoli into a colander and run cool water over them,
  4. Thin out the sauce with the reserved water until it's about the consistency of tomato sauce
  5. toss everything together. Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste.

*Bonus: If you don't like broccoli, try adding your favorite green veggie.

Swapping out starchy, refined carbs for a whole-wheat alternative is a super-healthy and delicious substitution for any meal. Check out these other recipes that make the whole-grain switch.

Southwestern Confetti Salad

Whole-Wheat Baked Macaroni and Cheese