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