RECIPE

Cold Ginger, Soy and Honey Sesame Noodles (Bento Lunch Box)

A bento box is a groovy set of Japanese dishes that hold all the courses in one meal in separate containers that fit inside one big box. This fun and really funky lunch is made up of two different recipes – each one is so easy, you can make it in minutes! Bring some chopsticks to eat your Bento Lunch Box with and you really will be too cool for school! Make with Wa-s’up? Tuna Salad Pinwheels (Bento Lunch Box).

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter (you may substitute an alternate nut butter if your school is peanut free)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons Tamari (dark soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (eyeball it)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 pound whole wheat spaghetti, cooked and rinsed under cold water
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Preparation

In a medium size microwaveable bowl, heat the peanut butter in the microwave oven until melted, about 15-20 seconds, or heat the peanut butter over low heat on the stove until mushy.

Whisk the honey and Tamari into the peanut butter, then whisk in the sesame oil and the ginger. Toss the spaghetti with the sauce.

If you want to get really groovy with the noodles, sprinkle them with sesame seeds. If you want to bump up the crunch factor, add some shredded carrots, scallions, bean sprouts or other veggies.

This is one of many “Yum-o!” recipes – it’s good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael’s nonprofit organization,

visit www.yum-o.org.

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