This dish is something I make for the kids when we can't all have dinner together. It's not strictly a kid-meal though. I usually end up eating several bites while they are eating it.
If you're not familiar with soba noodles, they are Japanese noodles made of buckwheat. Usually you see them served cold and dressed with a light sauce. They are also served hot in a broth. I like these noodles because they are very nutritious, cook quickly, and they taste really good. Soba noodles are becoming more readily available as well. Check out the Asian section of your grocery store. If they don't have them, Whole Foods or Trader Joe's will have them. You can also order them online if none of these other sources are available to you.
For my noodle dish, I tossed the cooked soba in a quick sauce made of soy sauce and honey. That's it. The kids love noodles in general and the soy-honey sauce is a total winner. The noodles will cook in less than 5 minutes. The sauce takes a minute. You can use up leftovers. And it's good for you. What's not to like?
Tonight I served it with some leftover chicken that I tossed with the soy-honey sauce and green beans. Green beans are one of the few vegetables the kids eat, so I usually cook up a batch and serve them throughout the week. You could toss your ingredients together with the noodles, but my kids prefer when the components are kept separate.
Do you have a super-simple, no-fail, go-to-dish?
Ingredients: 2 bunches of soba noodles, 2 TB soy sauce, 2 TB honey.
- In a microwave safe bowl/container/measuring cup, mix your soy sauce and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds to melt the honey and combine. If you like it sweeter, add more honey.
- Follow the instructions on the package of soba. Generally, they cook very quickly - 4-5 minutes of cooking.
- Drain your soba and put it into a large bowl.
- Dress the noodles with your soy-honey sauce. Use about half at first and add more to taste.