I have mentioned many times that joining Weight Watchers yields some exemplary recipes and materials. What’s interesting, though, is that a lot of their published recipes do not seem to be made by people who cook a lot. Timing and portion sizes, particularly, are often off a bit, which is fine if you know how to adjust accordingly…or if you read Dinner with Jonny, which seeks to ameliorate those deficiencies.
This recipe a goddamn keeper because of it’s versatility. It can be a main dish served warm or, served cold, an easy crowd pleaser for a pot luck or a side in an Asian feast. It’s best if you put it together and let it get happy in the fridge for a while so the flavors mingle and intensify. I love doubling the recipe, portioning it out, and eating it for lunch during the week. It’s light, filling, and packs wonderful flavors.
The booklet from which I gleaned this recipe gives each portion a 5 on the old WW points system (Points Plus and 360° can fuck off) if you use 2 oz. of noodles. The noodles are the best part, so I double the noodles and add 2 points, making it on or about a 7. Serve it with a green veggie of some sort to round it all out. Easy as a porn star with a car payment due.
Sesame Chicken Soba Noodle Salad
5 oz. buckwheat soba noodles (any thin noodle will do, even spaghetti, but adjust the points accordingly for WW)
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
3 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. sriracha (optional)
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 grilled or roasted boneless chicken breast, sliced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into very thin coins
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro (optional)
1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
Boil the noodles according to the package.
While the noodles are a-boiling, in a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, and sriracha (if using). Set it aside.
Drain the noodles and quickly toss them with the sesame oil. Add in the vinegar mixture, the chicken breast slices, the carrots, and the green onions. Toss with well and make sure you get the veggies mixed in there thoroughly (it’s a bit tough to do, as you’ll see). Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and cilantro (if using).
This is a perfect spring or summer dish, and it’s virtually guilt free.
Until later, eat, drink, and peace out.
©Jon Marino 2013