Last night I bought some chickpeas (garbanzo beans!) and tahini to whip up a batch of hummus. I still need to do that today but last night dinner was suddenly staring me in the face and I needed to get something made up fast. I threw open the fridge and just started pulling out anything that could go together. I love when I do this and it turns out to be a favorite dish! Its a cold noodle salad with fresh raw veggies and a TON of flavor. It also has a TON of chickpeas in it.... we can't get enough of them but if you want to, you can cut the amount of beans by HALF and still be good. The creaminess comes from the tahini (sesame seed paste) so it also happens to be a quick vegan dish!
My kiddo also happened to love it but I don't know if she's a good meter because she is an AMAZING eater as of right now and loves fruits, veggies, whole grains and sriracha.
Creamy Sesame Noodles with Chickpeas
8 oz whole wheat spaghetti noodles
2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained
1/4 cup soy sauce (lower salt or
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
hot sauce (more or less to taste)
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated (I used my microplane. My favorite tool EVER.)
3 green onions sliced finely
1 carrot, shredded
5 radishes, shredded
1/2 seedless cucumber, shredded
1/2 cup thinly sliced snow peas
3 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
*You can add and substitute other vegetables that you like in this dish. Shredded zucchini or bell peppers would be awesome. Also some chopped up spinach, some baby kale or bean sprouts would taste great as well. Just play around with it!
Place a pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add your pasta and cook to al dente (It should have the time it will take on the package. Mine took 5 minutes.)
While the water is boiling and your pasta is cooking you can shred and chop your vegetables into a really large bowl.
Strain your pasta and rinse with cold water until the noodles have completely cooled down. Set aside.
Now you pretty much just throw ALL of the ingredients except the pasta in the bowl and toss. Look good?
Alright add in the pasta and toss it all together now. Its done!
You can eat it with chopsticks but if you're not good at using them and you are really hungry I recommend a fork.
If you're lucky, you have leftovers because they taste even better the next day!