Sunday Rewind: Maggie Monday – Speed Dating in the Kitchen

As The Rantings of an Amateur Chef has been going since February of 2012, there are quite a few readers that have joined along the way. In an effort to bring back some great recipes that they may have missed, I will dedicate Sundays to re-posting a favorite that is at least two years old. I hope you enjoy! – The Ranting Chef
Here is another post from the ever versatile Maggie. I attended a retreat that Maggie hosted one year and during a break several of us ended up asking each other questions from the Trivial Pursuit box. The answer to one of the questions became the staff motto for the year. The question: What is the Olympic Motto? (answer at the bottom)

Speed cooking. Like speed dating, but probably a lot better. I work full time at a university and have a 30 mile commute home each night. After kid pick up, I feel great if I get in the door by 6 pm. For one likes to cook, weeknight meals can be a challenge when we add in after school events, homework, and the time needed to plan, prepare, enjoy, then clean up after a meal. Ahhh. The pressure.

So, if your life is anything like mine, try these noodles. 17 minutes from pantry to table. Not kidding. I have the pics to prove it! These are not fancy or amazing, but are tasty and quick for those nights that you just need both of those things in your life.


Sesame Ginger Noodles

What you need:

12 oz spaghetti, soba or other asian noodles. I used soba.

2 T sesame seeds, lightly toasted


4 whole scallions, finely chopped

¼ cup chopped cilantro

2 T minced ginger (can use ground ginger too)

2 cloves minced garlic

3 T sesame oil

1 t hot chili oil (more if you want a bigger kick)

4 T soy sauce

2 T rice wine vinegar

2 T honey

1 t black pepper

salt if you need it (soy sauce may preclude need for more salt)

What you do:

Prepare noodles as directed on package. Prepare sauce while waiting for water to boil. Let sauce sit while noodles cook so flavors can mingle a bit. Drain noodles, then toss to coat with sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. If you’d like, you can add thinly sliced julienned cucumbers, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Mmmmmm. Even the clean up is easy! Really in a hurry? Make the sauce the night before, but reserve the scallions and cilantro. You can probably shave the time down to 10-12 minutes!

Answer: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger)

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Categories: Chinese, Guest-Maggie, kosher, Lunch, Main Dish, Pasta, vegan, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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3 Comments on “Sunday Rewind: Maggie Monday – Speed Dating in the Kitchen”

  1. November 16, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Noodles with sesame and green onions are one of my favorite comfort foods…


  2. November 16, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    I have been craving sesame noodles. This sounds yummy! I might even have everything I need to make it. 🙂


  3. November 17, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    Sounds good! Perfect for when I’m preparing my lunchbox for workdays. 🙂


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