Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

Tonights dinner was a hit!  The kids ate it, my husband ate it, I ate it and the dog (Biscuit) enjoyed a few bits.  I changed the recipe quite a bit from the one I had, so here is my version.  I served it with cut up oranges, plums and pot stickers (the frozen ones from Costco). INGREDIENTS:  1/4 peanut butter, 1 clove of garlic, 2 t. fresh ginger (I keep it in the freezer, so one of those huge roots you get at the store lasts for a while), 2 T. soy sauce, 1 T. rice vinegar, 1 T. brown sugar, 8 ounces of pasta (I used soba noodles, the recipe called for whole wheat noodles, and I think rice or quinoa would work great too), 1 T. sesame oil, 3 green onions, 2 cucumbers, 2 carrots, 1/4 c. chopped cilantro.

Get your pasta (or grain of your choice) cooking and then it's time to start chopping.  Chop the green onions, cucumbers and cilantro in to pea size pieces (or as small or big as you would like).  I always chop my veggies very small because I want each bite to have a sample of everything, plus it guarantees my kids will get bits of veggies.  Next pull out your Cuisinart*, put the grater on and grate the carrots.  Mix all the veggies together in a small bowl.  Next switch the Cuisinart blade to the metal mixer (don't bother completely cleaning out the Cuisinart bowl) add the peanut butter, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar and brown sugar.  As it's all mixing together pour in 1/4 cup of hot water.  Let it mix completely.  When your grain of choice is cooked and in the colander add in 1 T. of the sesame oil and toss.  Let your grains cool completely, mix the veggies and sauce together and serve cold.

* If you don't have a Cuisinart.  Grate your carrots by hand and mix the sauce in a blender or by hand.