This is an easy versatile recipe to whip up for a quick lunch or dinner for the family. It only involves a few simple steps and works with any kind of whole wheat pasta you would like to use. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds so it’s a great source of nutrition to add to noodles. As mentioned in my recent Instagram post, sesame seeds are nutritious little seeds. About 3 tablespoon’s worth (one ounce) provides almost 5 grams of protein, nearly 5 grams of fiber, 2 milligrams of iron and close to 3 milligrams of zinc. They are also good sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Boost the protein with cooked black beans, tofu or soy beans (edamame) and add whatever veggies you like!
Recipe by: DietitianMom
Prep time: 5 minutes
Serving: Makes about 1 ½ tablespoons of sauce (for each 1 cup of cooked whole wheat noodles)
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 garlic, finely minced
- Cook whole wheat pasta according to package instructions.
- Mince the garlic and mix together the sauce ingredients.
- Mix sauce with noodles.
- Add cooked beans, tofu and/or chopped vegetables as desired.
- Garnish with sesame seeds (optional)!
This recipe works great with any kind and amount of vegetables you would like to add. Examples include stir-fried or steamed green leafy vegetables, bean sprouts, green beans, steamed/baked/roasted sweet potato chunks, Shitake or cremini mushrooms, carrots, baby corn, diced zucchini, cabbage or even eggplant chunks. Pictured here is a noodle lunchbox I made this week using the Tahini Noodle Glaze. I just added in some carrots, leafy greens and shitake mushrooms…and of course, sesame seeds! Happy cooking! 🙂