Monday, March 7, 2016

Monday Recipe - Sesame Noodles

Today's recipe was found here at Budget Savvy Diva.

Sesame Noodles

2 carrots, julienned (matchstick style)
1/2 cup of frozen sweet peas
1/2 cup of leeks, thinly sliced
2 tablespoon of sesame seeds
2 garlic cloves, minced
12 ozs. noodles, cooked to package directions
 (if I can't get to our local Asian supermarket I will use Angel Hair Pasta, which I normally have in  my pantry)
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup of sweet chili sauce, or if you like it really hot use a 1/2 cup
1 tablespoon of chili paste
1 Lime
Salt to taste

Toast the sesame seeds by heating them in a small fry pan until they just start to brown.  Watch carefully to prevent burning.  Take off heat and set aside.  

In a small bowl, or in a 4 cup measuring jug, mix the sesame oil, chili sauce, chili garlic paste and soy sauce together.  Put to the side.  

On medium, heat the vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan.  When hot enough add the minced garlic.  Cook until garlic becomes fragrant, but watch carefully as the garlic easily burns.  

Add the veggies.  Stir fry until crisp-tender.  

Add the cooked noodles and mix well.  
Add the sesame seeds (but keep a tablespoon for 
sprinkling on noodles before serving).  

Pour sesame oil/soy sauce/chili mixture over the noodles and fold in.  

Put a portion on each serving plate.  Add lime wedges for squeezing juice over the noodles.    
Add the leftover tablespoon of sesame seeds over the noodles on each plate, as well as the sliced green onions.

 What did we think of this recipe?  It was excellent, totally suiting our tastes.  Gregg told me I could serve this up any time I wanted to as he loved it, and it is a fast meal to put together and to cook.  A good recipe for using up any leftover veggies you might have in the fridge.

The original recipe called for snap peas but I didn't have any so I used 1/2 cup of frozen sweet peas. It was one of those days when I had not gone shopping and was using what I had in stock. I also didn't have the full 1/2 cup of chili sauce as I didn't have a lot left in the jar, but there was a 1/4 cup.  We both found it hot enough and will stick to that amount from now on.

There were leftovers for another two meals, which we had the next day.  It tasted even better as happens after the flavors have had a chance to blend.


  1. A very tasty recipe ... limes ... so good to use!

    All the best Jan

  2. Oooooh Denise, looks and sounds so good, definitely going to try this one!! We don't like spicey, will we be ok??

  3. Yum. Definitely yum. A way to use up those left-over bits and pieces without feeling short changed.

  4. very nice recipe.
    best regards

  5. The recipe sounds interesting, like some Asian type soups I make but I haven't tried the Chili sauce. The lime juice sounds like a tasty addition too. The Asian market where I shop usually has packages of snow pea pods, as well as okra, other Asian vegetables, and strange mushrooms. The vegetables are so interesting, I get tired of just the typical American vegetables.

  6. That does look very tasty! I love fresh peas and my husband hates them, so I don't use peas in anything, but if I were making it for myself, I would definitely add peas, snap peas or shelled peas. I added your blog URL to Feedly so now I will find it there. Have a nice evening!

  7. It looks yummy and the photo sold me. I am going to try it out. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Hi Denise sorry I have not been dropping by as often been super frantic here with all sorts going on. Hope you and Greg are doing OK
    XXX Don

  9. this looks divine... i wold love it

  10. Noodles (or pasta) and vegetables are wonderful together, Denise. You are so right that a dish does taste better a day or two later and leftovers are always a favorite in our home too.

  11. I'm definitely going to try this!

  12. I'm glad to see your Monday food posts back; they are almost always to our taste (nowadays) too! This one sounds just perfect; that you can use bits of leftovers really appeals to me... I still have a bad habit of buying too much of stuff, even though it has mostly been just the two of us for years and years now.

  13. Noodles are one of the world best comfort foods!

    cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  14. Does this recipe really call for leeks or should that be green onions?


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