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It’s Meatless Monday-Edamame Noodle Bowl

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One of my favorite snacks is edamames. They use to be hard to find, but now most supermarkets sell packages of already prepared ones that you simply steam in your microwave. With their broader availability in mind, I thought why not make a simple meal out of them. I came up with this noodle bowl. You can add just about any vegetable you like, but I chose carrots for their sweetness…brought out more by the slow sautéing, to contrast with the salty tang of the soy sauce. Add some peanut butter for added flavor and you have the perfect lunch or light supper for this Meatless Monday.

8 ounces noodles…I actually used linquine, you could use spaghetti too as these types of pastas keep the cost of the recipe down
1 8 ounce package shelled edamame (steam them as per package instructions)
3 small carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
¼ cup soy sauce (I used low sodium variety)
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
Pinch of red pepper flakes, more or less depending on your tolerance for heat
Salt and pepper
Oil for sautéing

Break noodles in half and cook as per package instructions.

While the noodles cook, over medium high heat and in a skillet, heat about a tablespoon of oil and add the carrots, and a little salt and pepper, stir fry until they’re softened and slightly caramelized.

Add the edamame and cook for a few minutes. Set aside.

In a bowl, add the soy sauce, orange juice, red pepper flakes, and stir in the peanut butter.

Drain the noodles, return to the pan and add the carrots and edamame and then stir in the soy sauce/PB mixture.

Stir until everything is well coated.

Serve either hot or cold and you can also drizzle over some sesame oil or sesame seeds.
Serves 6

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