Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sesame Ginger Soba Stir-Fry

a couple of people have been wondering where i found the chocolate covered goji berries. they are made by Kopali Organics and i found them in the organic section at wegmans. it looks like amazon carries them from time to time too although they don't have them in stock at the moment.

i have had this bottle in my fridge for quite some time now and for some reason it caught my eye today. i actually try not to buy too many bottled sauces and dressings because they almost always have added sugar and other ingredients i cannot pronounce in them. for that reason, it seems like a better idea to mix my own so i know exactly what is going into my food. plus, it's usually fairly quick, easy, and painless to mix sauces and dressings.

this garlicky sesame ginger sauce had a fairly short ingredient list and it didn't have any added sugar, flour, starch, artificial ingredients, or preservatives. in fact, this is the ingredient list: water, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, white vinegar, honey, ginger juice, lime juice, sesame seeds, salt, spices, garlic powder, and xanthan gum.

anyway, i marinated some chicken tenderloins in the sauce and decided to serve the chicken with sauteed veggies over some japanese soba noodles.
soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and are quick cooking and quite tasty.
basically, i just sauteed the chicken (after it marinated several hours, or overnight). i removed the chicken and let it rest while i cooked the soba noodles and sauteed onions, carrots, broccoli, and zucchini. once the soba noodles were cooked (literally 2-3 minutes), i ran them under cold water to stop them from cooking further,
then i added 2 tablespoons of the garlicky sesame ginger and gave the noodles a good toss.
i added 1 tablespoon of the sauce to the veggies once they were tender and then layered it all together. a layer of the soba noodles with the sauteed veggies on top and then the sliced chicken on top of the veggies. so quick, yet so flavorful with a nice little kick from the garlic.

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