Healthy is delicious

Have you ever noticed that the perception of healthy eating can either be that it’s dull, lacking flavor or that it’s complicated?  I believe that making healthier choices is none of the above.  My philosophy of healthy eating is rooted in simple ways to build better meals that focus on less processed foods that add flavor, naturally.

Check out this recipe for a quick, satisfying and incredibly tasty meal.  The best part about it is you can toss in any seasonal vegetables you have on hand to mix it up a bit.  Or if you want to make it gluten-free, substitute brown rice noodles and use wheat-free tamari.

Sesame peanut noodles:

1 (8-oz) 100% whole grain soba noodles

2 cups snow peas, strings removed

2 tablespoons roasted, unsalted, unsweetened smooth peanut butter or almond butter

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari

1 tablespoon sesame tahini

1/8 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes

1 ½ cup shredded carrots

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 cup sliced green onions

3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Cook soba noodles according to package directions.  Add snow peas with one minute cooking time remaining.  Drain noodles and snow peas thoroughly.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together peanut butter, vinegar, tamari, tahini and crushed red chile.  Add a splash of warm water if needed to thin the sauce so it will coat the vegetables and noodles.  Add noodles, snow peas, carrots, bell pepper, green onions and sesame seeds.  Toss to coat noodles and vegetables thoroughly with sauce.  Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Pairs great with Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith wines, which is fresh, only slightly sweet and full of orchard fruits.  This is a standard barer for Columbia Valley Riesling.

Jami Scott is a registered holistic nutritionist and the Healthy Eating Associate Coordinator for Whole Foods Market, Pacific Northwest region.  Learn more at


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