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Sesame Noodles with Broccoli

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)
Nuts and seeds are a good source of protein and healthful fats. This meatless main dish incorporates sesame seeds in two forms: tahini (sesame seed paste) in the sauce and toasted seeds as a garnish.

Ingredients

  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile paste with garlic (such as sambal oelek)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Noodles:
  • 8 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups matchstick-cut carrots
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 401
  • caloriesfromfat 31 %
  • fat 13.7 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 4.9 g
  • polyfat 5.9 g
  • protein 14.9 g
  • carbohydrate 62.7 g
  • fiber 13.6 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 4.1 mg
  • sodium 798 mg
  • calcium 119 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare sauce, combine tahini and next 9 ingredients (through garlic) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

  2. To prepare noodles, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water 5 minutes, omitting salt and fat. Add broccoli to pan, and cook 1 minute. Add carrots to pan; cook 1 minute. Drain; place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with onions and remaining ingredients. Drizzle with sauce; toss well. Serve immediately.