The economy may be down in the dumps, but don't let that hold you back this Mother's Day. Rather than spending big bucks to dine out, have the whole gang — including your mom and the kids — celebrate the occasion by making dinner a budget-friendly activity that the entire family can enjoy.
This quick, healthy meal, which includes fiber-rich soba noodles and crunchy vegetables, packs a flavor punch with soy sauce, sesame seeds, and ginger. To bring the family together with an affordable yet enticing pan-Asian platter,
- 1 8-ounce package soba noodles
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted*
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 7-ounce package mixed greens
3 carrots, cut into matchstick-size strips or shredded
1/4 sweet onion, thinly sliced
- Cook the soba noodles according to the package directions and rinse under cold water.
- Heat the soy sauce and brown sugar in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, add the chicken and sauté until cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the remaining chicken. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the chicken and toss to coat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ginger, vinegar, and oil.
- Divide the greens, carrots, and onion among individual plates. Top with the soba noodles and chicken. Serve with the vinaigrette.
*Note: To toast sesame seeds, cook them in a dry skillet over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer them immediately to a cool plate.
- Poultry, Main Dishes
- Other Asian
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