As a family on the go, it is easy to get be in such a hurry that convenience over a healthier option makes it's way to the dinner table. With both the wife and I in the midst of marathon training, we have made a much more conscious effort to provide healthier and more nutritious options for the family. Enter, Time for Dinner, Strategies, Inspiration, and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week.
One of the things my wife and I like about the book besides the fact that the meals are really easy to put together (note: 30 min meals on the Food Network, really take more than 30 minutes to make), is that there is almost an option for each person to customize each meal.
Sesame noodles with extras
1 1lb box udon noodles or fettuccine
1 cup shredded carrots
1 hothouse cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 bunch scallions ( whites and greens) chopped
1 handful snow peas, chopped
1 handful peanuts, chopped
1 handful cilantro, chopped
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
1/2 cup bottle Asian sesame dressing ( such as Annie's Natural)
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1. Prepare the pasta according to the pasta direction
2. Arrange the carrots, cukes, scallions, snow peas, peanuts, cilantro, and chicken in individual bowls
3. In a blender, mix the dressing with the peanut butter. Toss the noodles with the peanut sauce, or pour it into it's own individual bowl.
4. Serve everyone a bowl of noodles and have them customize their own meals.
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