Cold Shrimp & Soba Noodle Salad

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If you are on a healthy kick but don’t want to deprive yourself from eating carbs, this is perfect for you because soba noodles are actually good for you! They are packed with fiber, protein, and b vitamins. They are noodles made from buckwheat flour and has a nutty flavor similar to whole wheat spaghetti. One serving of this dish only has 350 calories so it makes a great lunch or even dinner.

Serving: 2
1 cup of cooked soba noodles
18 cooked shrimp
1 cup steamed asparagus; sliced into 1 inch slices
1/4 cup green onions; chopped
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp teriyaki sauce
Salt and pepper if needed

Ingredients:
1. In a medium mixing bowl add noodles, shrimp, asparagus, and green onions. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, and sesame oil.

2. Add to bowl and mix until noodles are covered in dressing, sprinkle in sesame seeds and place in fridge for 30 minutes until noodles are chilled.

Homemade Pesto

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I always used to buy Pesto that was pre-made at Trader Joe’s until I got my Cuisinart food processor and realized how easy it is to make. Growing up, my family used pesto very often especially in pasta dishes. It only has a few ingredients and only takes a couple of minutes to make!

Ingredients:

1 cup
2 1/2 cups fresh basil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese (cubed)
pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Wash and dry fresh basil leaves. Combine basil, pine nuts, garlic, cheese, and olive oil in food processor.

2. Mix for 30 seconds and scrape down the sides. Scrape down sides and mix for 1-2 minutes until it is smooth.
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*I buy fresh parmesan cheese when making pesto that is usually found in the deli department at the grocery store where the gourmet cheeses are. I also stay away from the package “shredded parmesan cheese” so I can get the fresh authentic pesto taste.