Rachel Ray…

…may look like the Joker and may be evil to some people, but I adore her. She’s so cute and her recipes are EASY, quick and really good.  So, I got Classic Rachel Ray 30-Minute Meals from Target about a month, month and a half ago, and I’ve tried a couple of the recipes out but I must say, I’ve had the best luck with her sesame noodles.  I have made them twice and can make enough to feed me, Izzy and Nate for dinner and then have leftovers for lunch for two days.  And they devour the dish so fast, you would never know that I had made it and it’s super, duper quick. Here’s the recipe, wiht some modifications (the tofu is my own touch!):

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of capellini
  • 1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 package of tofu
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • 2 tablespoons (twice around the bowl) of the toasted sesame seed oil
  • 2 pinches of cayenne pepper (or more, if you’re me and adore spiciness)
  • 2 gloves of minced garlic
  • 1 inch of gingerroot peeled and grated or 2 pinches of ground ginger
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • crushed red pepper flakes for garnish

Directions

Put a pot of water over high heat to boil. When it comes to a boil, add salt and pasta. Cook pasta according to package, until al dente.

Put some sesame oil into a skillet.  Twice around the skillet. Heat over high heat. Put the tofu in and sautee until brown. I like to use hot sesame seed oil, but then again, I like the spicey stuff.  Use whatever hotness appeals to your tastebuds!

As all this is going on, combine the soy sauce, tahini, a little more sesame oil (but not too much!), cayenne, garlic and ginger in a bowl. Whisk until smooth.

Drain the pasta and run under cool water until the noodles are chilled. Drain the cool noodles well. Then dump the noodles into a big bowl with eh sause and combine until the noodles are evenly coated. Add the vegetables and toss. Then garnish and serve. Really easy. Takes no more than 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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