Meatless Monday: Quick Asian Supper

You need to have these items in your stores cupboard for this emergency supper:

Amish Egg Noodles are available at Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

Plain Chinese egg noodles
(1-2 blocks per person, the type that only need boiling for a couple minutes)
-or-
fine egg noodles
2 tablespoons miso paste
2 tablespoons tahini
2-3 segments edible dried seaweed, chopped/snipped into small pieces
Bottled soy sauce

Miso is made from fermented soybeans and has a salty, meaty flavor. It’s perfect for adding to soups, stews and for making these kinds of pasta sauce. Tahini is a blend of ground sesame seed and oil. You can get dark or light tahini.  So this quick supper has the components of complementary protein – grain (noodles), bean (miso) and seed (tahini) as well as a dark green and leafy vegetable.

Boil enough water to cook noodles. Add 2-3 extra ounces of water for sauce.

Add seaweed to steep and become tender.

Recipe Salad Dressing Shaker: available at Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron.

Add two tablespoons of tahini (sesame spread) to heat-proof, shakeable container. Gradually add the boiling water to loosen it up. You don’t want it to go soupy but it does need to be smooth. Now add in two teaspoons of miso paste, gradually combining it into the tahini, shaking to smooth the sauce. (This sauce makes enough for two people so just multiply it up for however hungry mouths need feeding.)

Drain the noodles mixture and plate.  Either add a bit of butter or drizzle a tad of  vegetable oil  over the noodles to help emulsify the sauce. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss to cover well. You can add soy sauce if you like although the miso may be salty enough for most people.

What? No Seaweed?

Learn more about non-traditional recipes! Available at Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

If your family has twigged that seaweed is not cabbage and categorically state that it not an acceptable accessory to any recipe then hope that you have some broccoli in the fridge that can be cut up into tiny florets. In a pinch, frozen spinach can work although dinnertime discussion of this vegetable can be just as contentious as seaweed!

But do persevere with the seaweed – it really is good for you. Seaweed is chock-full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. It even is brimming over with essential amino acids, which are useful for muscles, bones and the brain. My Beloved who has rather traditional Irish dietary tastes has come around to seaweed in soup. But then there exists an Irish seaweed cookery book so I tell him seaweed is as traditional as potatoes!

About BeeSmith

I was born in Queens, N.Y, reared in Pennsylvania, did university in Washington, D.C. Then I moved to England for nineteen years. I lived first in London and then in Leeds. After my partner's sister died of cancer in 2000, we decided to take the leap of faith and move to Ireland to be nearer his family. Despite our friends thinking we were mad and feckless, it has worked out. The angels really do look after fools! We have a cottage on an acre and a quarter three miles from where the River Shannon rises. We have a polytunnel to grow vegetables and fruit organically, a small orchard of apple trees and plans to create a sacred space on the land over the rest of our lifetimes. We share our home with two tortoiseshell cats, Zelda and her daughter Zymina, and three dogs, Murphy, Pippin and Cara.

6 thoughts on “Meatless Monday: Quick Asian Supper

  1. That recipe is not from the “Nourishing Traditions” cookbook as pictured, which is full of meaty options and I doubt would suggest to use packaged noodles and bottled soy sauce, especially in the same recipe.

  2. I don’t think Meatless Mondays is about PETA. I think it’s about eating healthier (less sat fat) and leaving a smaller carbon footprint. (It takes quite a bit of resources to raise a cow the conventional way!) It’s also a way to lower your grocery budget by cutting out a day’s worth of the easiest way to drive up a grocery bill! Just because you don’t particpate, doesn’t mean you have to get snarky about it. I’m not a Christian, and I don’t snark when Lehman’s posts things related to that. If it doesn’t apply to you, ignore it and move along!