This is an easy and quick dish that will make your Monday a little easier and a lot tastier.
Soba noodles with roasted tomatoes that look like jewels and taste like candy. May I have seconds please?
Oh, and don’t let me forget to tell you about the tender green kale leaves, the buttery beans, the flavorful fresh herbs, and the creamy avocado. I can’t stand it, I need more. It’s just that good.
And talk about quick and easy! This is the perfect kick start Monday meal.
Monday’s are always a little hectic, don’t you think? It’s so hard to adjust to the work week, to get back into a routine, and to catch up with all of the stuff you didn’t do while you were enjoying your free time. Plus, if you’re at all like me, I don’t love cooking on Monday’s because I’m tired at the end of the day. That’s why I created this super easy dish that’s loaded with fiber, protein, antioxidants, and flavor.
First off, these little organic gems are seriously as sweet as candy when they’re roasted in olive oil. You need to roast them until they are bursting and their skin is blistered. You can actually hear them pop and sizzle from the oven. I could easily make a meal of them all alone, but the key to eating healthy is balance, so I added some of my other favorites to the mix, and I was so glad that I did.
Kale is one of my favorite green leafy foods. Not only is it a super food, rich in all kinds of essential vitamins and minerals, it tastes good. Its mild flavor and the fact that it doesn’t wilt too fast means that it adds a slight crispness to an otherwise chewy dish.
The fresh oregano and basil – just picked from the garden – add a bold and vibrant flavor. No dried herbs in this dish. Although, if you don’t have fresh handy, you can certainly add some dried, it just won’t taste as fresh.
Why did I add great northern beans to the recipe? Because they have a creamy, buttery texture and flavor, and, they are a good source of protein and fiber.
Let’s talk noodles. Soba noodles are so much better than regular pasta noodles because they’re made out of buckwheat. They’re more of a whole grain, chewy, noodle. Not mushy and starchy like white noodles. They are also a good source of protein and fiber. The best part – they cook in three minutes! So if you want fast and better for you noodles, these are exactly what you’re looking for.
I finished off the dish by sprinkling some diced avocado on top. I love avocado and one just happened to be sitting on my counter top, so I thought, why not? It totally worked, but then again, why wouldn’t it? Avocado is just like that, it gets along with almost everything.
Do yourself a flavor and make this tonight. You’ll be glad you did. Then, come back and tell me what you thought. I’ll be glad you did.
And yes, I meant to say “flavor” in the sentence above. I’m weird like that.
Here are some more quick and easy Monday dinner ideas.