Dinner

Sesame Noodles with Asparagus & Carrots

Improve Your Life: Tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds, is rich in beneficial minerals such as copper. In fact, a single serving of this recipe offers almost 30% of your daily value (DV) of the mineral. Copper plays a key role in the production of collagen – a component of bones and connective tissue – as well as hemoglobin, the main form of iron in red blood cells.

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Servings
4
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Duration
25 min

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp tahini paste
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 8 oz whole-grain spaghetti
  • 16 asparagus spears, trimmed 
and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 
matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare sesame dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, oil, vinegar, 2 tbsp water, honey, pepper flakes and salt; set aside.
  2. Add spaghetti to boiling water and cook al dente according to package directions; drain.
  3. Meanwhile, add about 2 inches of water to another saucepan, then fit with a steamer basket. Bring water to a boil. Add asparagus to basket and steam just until tender, about 2 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, add asparagus, carrots and scallions. Add spaghetti and sesame dressing; toss to combine. Sprinkle mixture with sesame seeds. Serve warm or chilled.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories 328
  • Carbohydrate Content 53 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 4 g
  • Fiber Content 9 g
  • Protein Content 11 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 179 mg
  • Sugar Content 8 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 4 g