June 27, 2015

soba noodles with broccoli and tahini sauce


What a long day full of yard work, yard work, and more yard work!  Good thing we love doing it and being outside!  Even in the 90 degree heat there is no where else I'd rather be than working on a project outside. 

To say that the weeds and vines have been taking over around our house would be an understatement!  Somewhere around 20 wheel barrow loads later, and 5 hours, we now have a turnaround for the driveway... which had always been there somewhere underneath the mess.  After all that something simple sounds good for dinner... I'm tired!!!

This dish is perfect for the ending of a busy day!  It comes together quickly and is filling, even without the meat, but you can swap out the tempeh for chicken if you would like.  I served it with vegetable spring rolls and it was perfect!! 

Servings 4-6
Total Time 20 minutes

  • 1,  8 ounce package of tempeh
  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1, 12.5 ounce package of soba noodles
  • 2 pounds broccoli, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, plus some for serving
  • 1/3-1/2 cup water
  • hot sauce, for serving (optional)

1.  Heat up an outdoor grill (a skillet on the stove will also work).  

2.  Lay the tempeh on  a plate, drizzle with soy sauce on both sides, and season with ginger and black pepper.  Grill for 4-5 minutes per side, until you see grill marks, and it is heated through.  Remove, thinly slice, and set aside.

3.  In a small bowl whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, and soy sauce.  Whisk in the water a little at a time, until it is thin enough to pour.

4.  Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the soba noodles according to package directions, being careful not to over cook them, trust me I learned this the hard way!  During the last 2 minutes of cooking time add the broccoli.  Drain and return to the pot.

5.  Serve with additional soy sauce for drizzling and hot sauce (optional).  Enjoy!!!

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