Christopher is going through a major growth spurt. Again.
He’s fourteen and already stands close to six-two. We’ve been told that he may be six-six to six-eight before he stops growing. He already wears a size 14 shoe. Pretty soon, we’ll be ordering his shoes from specialty stores. He plays football and is a really good center and nose tackle. He will start playing high school football in the fall and has dreams of playing college ball, as well.
He’s a big boy with a big appetite. I have learned not to get my feelings hurt when he finishes a meal I’ve made and is back in the kitchen an hour later claiming to be starving. I just try to keep plenty of not-so-unhealthy snacks on hand for him.
Occasionally I do make a meal that fills him up. This is one of those meals.
This is a really hearty dish that my whole family absolutely loved. The added bonus is that it only took 10 minutes to make! Seriously!!
Hummus Sesame Noodles
- 1 pound of angel hair pasta
- 1 12-ounce container of hummus
- 1/2 cup of vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup of soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 1/3 cup of toasted sesame seeds
- 1 cup of snow peas, sliced very thinly on an angle
- 3-5 green onions, sliced very thinly on an angle
- 1 cup of dry roasted peanuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup of toasted sesame seeds
Boil pasta in salted water for 6-8 minutes.
While pasta is boiling, in a large bowl, whisk together hummus, stock, soy sauce, oil, and 1/3 cup of sesame seeds.
Slice snow peas and onions. Chop peanuts. Mix together peas, onions, and 1/2 cup of the peanuts. Set aside.
When pasta is cooked, scoop it out and into the hummus mixture. Keep the pasta cooking water!! Toss to coat all the noodles. Let cool for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, add two cups of pasta cooking liquid and stir.
Place noodles into bowls or plates, top with the snow pea mixture. Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds and peanuts.
Well Duh #1: You can use any variety of hummus that you like. I used a roasted garlic variety, but I can see this dish going lots of places with different kinds of hummus. Roasted red bell pepper, in particular, is next on my list!
Well Duh #2: When you slice the snow peas, make your slices VERY thin.
Well Duh #3: You may need to add more cooking liquid. Elizabeth and I ate dinner, but Michael and Christopher ate 30 minutes later. By the time they came home, the noodles had drunk up all the sauce, so I added about a cup more of the cooking liquid. You want the noodles to be loose, but not drowning in liquid.
I really enjoyed this meal! I was fully expecting Christopher to turn up his nose at it. He has been in one of those moods lately. But he not only ate it, he told me he really liked it. And it actually filled him up. Michael loved it, too! And the best part is that I even had enough to take in my lunch the next day!
A meal that everybody loves? And it only takes 10 minutes to make?