A well-known adage among chefs is “you eat first with your eyes” because the visual appearance of food is so important in generating cravings and making a meal enjoyable. The amazingly pleasant act of eating really good food begins with the visual presentation. Usually it goes like this: you see a photo or an advertisement of delicious looking food, then you’re obsessed, and then you feel like you NEED to eat that thing you just laid eyes on. Unfortunately, often the food in question is super yummy, but junky. Thanks a lot for all of the cravings, Qdoba. You too, Burger King.
Well, guess what? This gorgeous noodle dish is lovely in appearance, and worthy of triggering major cravings. After all, it’s filled with rainbow-colored veggies, garlicky shrimp, and a wonderfully-flavored peanut sauce. But even though this meal will definitely get your craving wheels turning, it is healthy, packed with protein and veggies, and full of nutrients. So take that, fast food photographer demons! You didn’t get us this time.
12 oz. package of soba noodles
2 c. purple cabbage, thinly sliced
1 c. carrots, sliced into matchsticks
1 c. cucumbers, sliced into matchsticks
1 bunch green onions, sliced
6 oz. shrimp
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
½ c. smooth peanut butter
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
3 Tbsp. soy sauce or tamari
3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. agave
2 cloves of garlic
1 inch cube of ginger
½ c. peanuts, chopped or halved
½ c. cilantro
Cook the soba noodles according to package directions, then drain and set aside.
Combine all ingredients for the peanut sauce in a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and cook until cooked through and warm. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Remove from heat.
To assemble, place the soba noodles in a bowl. Toss in the vegetables, sauce, and shrimp and mix thoroughly to combine. Top with peanuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.