Saturday, March 24, 2012

Soba Noodles with Miso Vegetables and Wakame

When I was a kid my parents made me eat everything on my plate.  At the time I hated it.  But now I realize how lucky I was because today I eat everything.  I know very few people who eat everything.  Many people say they eat just about everything but if you really get in there and explore you will find some of their dislikes.  Take my wife for example, she doesn't like ice cream with fruit in it?  And just a couple more little weird things like that.  But I believe that our dislikes of certain foods at a young age can remain with us through out our lives.  When you were a kid you said no to brussel sprouts and probably have not eaten them since.  But if your mom made you eat those every time they were on your plate, you today would be enjoying one of the healthiest vegetables available.  The same can be said of spinach, beets, tomatoes, etc...  My point here is that as children we are pliable.
The huge food corporations know this and that is why they target children at a young tender age and hope they will consume their products for the rest of their lives.  Some of these products are not good for our children.  Child obesity and diabetes are at an all time high.  So I think you will agree with me that there is a problem with our children's diet.  The government has outlawed the marketing of tobacco and alcohol to children but allows the food giants to do what they want in means of marketing.  Use you imagination right now and think of some of those great campaigns.  And I will bet you, that not one of those ads you remember is of healthy foods.  But this still goes on and it is effecting the health of many countries around the world that still allow this.  As doctors use to smoke a cigarette on the black and white TV set and promote smoking as a good thing, I  seriously hope that one day we will look back and laugh at Tony The Tiger,  McDonald's, Dunkin Donuts and Coke Cola.
It is our responsibility as parents to make our children eat healthy even if they kick and fight.  And one of the best ways to do this is to lead by example.  Start off today by preparing this superduper health feast today!

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Soba Noodles with Miso Vegetables and Wakame
by Jeff Harter
Prep Time: 1/2 hour
Cook Time: 1/2
Keywords: stir-fry entree low-carb nut-free sugar-free vegan vegetarian soba noodles Mediterranean Japanese

Soba noodles are made from buckwheat pasta and have a deep nutty earthiness to them. And they are healthier than refined white pasta for sure. Miso is fermented soy and this helps with digestion. Wakame is a kind of seaweed and is packed with nutrients.
Ingredients (Serves 4)
    • 2 quarts water
    • 4 bundles of soba noodles
    Miso Broth
    • 2 cups water
    • 2 tbsp miso
    • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp mirin
    • 2 tbsp sake or dry white wine
    • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
    • 1 tbsp ketchup
    • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion large dice
    • 2 carrots large dice
    • 8 mushrooms quartered
    • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
    • 2 cloves garlic sliced
    • 2 tbsp fresh ginger minced
    • 1 cup frozen peas
    • 2 cups spinach
    • 1/4 cup wakame
    • 1/4 cup freshly chopped green onion
      • Bring water to boil in large pot then add soba noodles and cook 5 minutes then strain and rinse well with cold water.
      Miso Broth
      • Add all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to boil stirring well. Let simmer for 5 minutes then take off of heat and cover until ready to use.
      • In a wok or saute pan heat 2 tbsp oil over medium high heat. When hot add onion and stir-fry 2-3 minutes. Repeat with carrots and mushrooms. Next add 1 tbsp sesame seed oil in wok, lower heat to medium and add garlic and ginger and stir-fry 2 minutes then add all the vegetables and cook another 2-3 minutes. Then add miso broth and bring to simmer and cook 5 minutes then add peas, spinach and wakame an cook another 2-3 minutes. Finally add the soba noodles and stir and toss until hot. Divide between 4 plates and top with freshly chopped green onions.

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