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Soba Noodles + Peanut Sauce

Soba noodles in peanut sauce

 Eating “healthy” seems to be an ever changing debate with no real solution. So I am here to give you a quick insight into my philosophy.

It goes like this. EAT REAL FOOD! As much as possible.

What do I mean by this? When you have the opportunity make sure that you are eating whole foods grown from the earth or given to us through the earth. I’m not a vegetarian but I am a true believer that they should be a majority of your diet being that they have the most vitamins and minerals, so I try to eat as many vegetables as possible. I really love vegetables but, it is easy to get burnt out by them so I pair them with lean animal proteins, carbohydrate made from whole foods such as quinoa, rice, potatoes, and a bit of fat from good sources.

With that said I am no saint and am nowhere near a perfect healthy diet. I am and always will be a chef because I love all the food. So I try to keep everything in balance by sticking to the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the time I stick to the above formula so that the other twenty percent of the time I get to eat all the delicious items that I want.

So how do you make good decisions eighty percent of the time? By being prepared with delicious meals that you look forward to eating. This recipe for soba noodles in peanut sauce is a perfect example of eating lots of whole foods prepared in a way that is familiar and full of flavor, so give it a try. Make this recipe, package them up and eat them for your lunch or dinner!

 Finished Meals

Finished Meals

 Ingredients (Serves 4)

·         12 oz dry soba noodles(cooked according to packaging)

·         2 cup chopped snow peas

·         2 cups chopped radish

·         2 cups chopped english cucumber

·         2 cups chopped chicken breast(cooked)

Sauce

·         4 tablespoons peanut butter

·         4 tablespoons rice vinegar

·         4 tablespoons sweet chili sauce

·         8 tablespoons water

·         1 teaspoon soy sauce(or liquid aminos)

·         ¼ teaspoon cayenne

·         ½ teaspoon sesame oul

·         1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot

·         1 teaspoon fish sauce

·         3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

·         1 teaspoon salt

Directions

                Combine all ingredients for sauce in a large mixing bowl and whisk to incorporate. Toss in cooked soba noodles and toss to coat evenly.

Divide between the noodles between four plates or meal prep containers and distribute the snow peas, radish, cucumber, and cooked chicken breast evenly.

                If covered these meals will last up to six days in the refrigerator.

Notes:

If you do not have all the ingredients listed for the sauce, do not worry, almost anything can be substituted with everyday pantry items. IE: sugar for sweet chili, white wine vinegar for rice wine etc.

Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions!

Cheers,

Chef Josh Charles