Sunday's Healthy Recipe: Asian Tahini Noodles

Saturday, April 30, 2011 by Courtney K

Chilled Sesame Peanut NoodlesIf you're not signed up to receive the Healthy Recipe emails from us here at Swanson Health Products, you're missing out on a super easy and delicious dish this weekend. I was the lucky team member whose turn it was to make latest selection: Asian Tahini Noodles. One of the fun parts of these emails is that we get to choose our own recipe if we want. I picked this recipe because not only did it sound tasty, it featured several new additions to our lineup – Maranatha Peanut Butter and Once Again Organic Tahini – plus items we haven’t used in recipes before, like the Bragg Liquid Aminos and Himalaya Herbal Healthcare Soliga Forest Honey.

Bragg Liquid Aminos are a liquid protein concentrate derived from soybeans. They are often suggested as a replacement for soy sauce, being gluten free and full of essential and non-essential amino acids like arginine, glutamic acid, leucine, tyrosine and lysine. What Bragg’s aminos don’t have are chemicals, preservatives, GMOs and artificial coloring. While conventional wisdom says you can substitute the aminos for soy sauce in a 1-to-1 ratio, I found them a little stronger than traditional soy sauce and ended up adding more peanut butter and honey to counteract the bitterness.

Rock bee collecting wildflower nectarThat honey was another new addition to our selection of natural food products here at Swanson: Soliga Forest Honey.  It is harvested in the tropical forests of South India in cooperation with the local Soliga people who have always depended on the land for their health and livelihoods: “The aim is to ensure that what is being taken out of the forest is also being given back in equal measure. It is a system that helps maintain the balance in nature.” This organic food benefits of this honey—made from the nectar of hundreds of different flora found in the biodiversity-rich forest—include the fact that it retains all of its natural antioxidants and beneficial bioflavonoids. Owing to its diverse sources, it has a deeper flavor than conventional honey – a little like molasses. I think it will be perfect in chili next winter!

Peanut sauceAs for the sesame peanut noodles, they were definitely a hit at the office! Personally, I think they could use more sauce. I did whip up a little more sauce for the leftovers once I got them home. It’s a pretty versatile dish, too. They were good just the way they were, but you could drizzle with some organic sesame oil, add some tofu, water chestnuts, chopped ginger, crushed peanuts, bean sprouts or whatever you like. I know I’ll be making them again!


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