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Two Peas and Their Pod: Soba Noodles with Edamame, Zucchini, and Spinach

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Soba Noodles with Edamame, Zucchini, and Spinach

Every Wednesday we go to the Sunflower Market and stock up on produce. It is our date night, I know we are nerds:) Wednesday is double ad day, so everything from the week before and the new week is on sale. That means tons of cheap and delicious produce! We load our cart and usually only spend $12. It is our magic number.

Last week zucchini was on sale for 88 cents a pound, such a bargain! I loaded the cart and probably got a little carried away. I've been trying to find ways to use it before it goes bad. I made pasta with zucchini, we grilled zucchini, and I made this amazing soba noodle dish.

Have you tried soba noodles? We love them. Soba noodles are thin Japanese noodles made with buckwheat and wheat flour. They can be served hot, cold, or in soup. This time we served them warm with an Asian sauce. We added in edamame, spinach, and our star ingredient, zucchini.

We loved this dish. Soba noodles aren't heavy like some pastas can be. I loved the light Asian sauce and green vegetables too. It not only was a pretty dish, but a tasty one! I will be making this one again and again. I might even add tofu next time.

Soba Noodles with Edamame, Zucchini, and Spinach

(Printable Recipe)

Low sodium soy sauce
Rice wine vinegar
Garlic Chile Paste

Soba noodles
1 T Sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
3 green onions, chopped
Black pepper, to taste
Sesame seeds
Extra green onions for garnish

1. First, make the sauce. In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients. I guessed on the measurments, so just make sure you taste as you go. Sorry we forget to measure sometimes.
2. Cook the soba noodles according to the package instructions. Drain them and set aside.
3. In a large skillet heat the sesame oil. Add in garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add in zucchini, edamame, spinach, and green onions. Cook until the zucchini is tender and the spinach is wilted.
4. Pour in the sacue. Stir well. Add black pepper, to taste.
5. Stir in the soba noodles. Let everytihng cook together for a couple of minutes.
6. Serve in a bowl. Add sesame seeds and green onions on top, if you wish.

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Blogger Erica said...

Ah! I love fresh produce and it sounds like you're really getting some awesome deals. What a pretty dish- I haven't tried the soba noodles yet

5:43 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

The kind of healthy dish I love! Yummy!



6:30 AM  
Blogger kat said...

A lovely way to use up that abundance of summer zucchini!

7:09 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

Looks so fresh and healthy and springy! Wonderful.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Mmmm, this looks yummy, light and healthy. I've never had Soba noodles before, but I've heard they're great.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

looks so good... and so light and healthy! what a perfect summer meal!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

Love the top shot of this dish! I need to experiment with soba noodles, sounds delicious.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Dragon said...

This is one hot looking salad! Love pic. :)

7:35 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

What an awesome market!! I need one with a half price day :) You should totally make these muffins with some of your zucchini!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Pearl said...

looks delicious!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Creative Classroom Core said...

I can't get enough edamame! Love it! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

What a wonderful recipe, Maria. This looks fresh and healthy and uses my favorite soba noodles. That's an unbeatable combination.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This dish looks great! I've never tried soba noodles but I've been meaning to for a while.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone!
Steph-I will have to try that recipe, thanks for the link!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

This looks fantastic! I love soba noodles in quick recipes like this.

9:07 AM  
Blogger suzi said...

My kids LOVE edamame so we will have to try this one. Yes, we will see you in July, coming in on the 1st. So get your party started!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

The sauce sounds great. I'm always at a loss for creative ways to use my soba noodles. This is great! I've got everything but edamame in. I'll have to try it!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love the flavors and textures of this dish - a healthy and delicious meal.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yum! This sounds delicious! I'm going to try this next week, I think! Thanks!


9:27 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I think that dish includes all of my favorite things! YUM! Definitely will need to try this one soon! :)

P.S. I posted about your pb brownies yesterday - so delish!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Amy Beatty said...

I love sunflower market so much. We went over bored on the pineapple yesterday!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I wish we had someplace like the Sunflower Market here. It sounds great, and I think it would be a fun thing to do each week for date night! The dish looks fantastic!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

date night at the market... that's so cute

10:31 AM  
Blogger Dewi said...

This look very healthy and delicious Maria. i like Soba noodles!~

10:36 AM  
Blogger theUngourmet said...

I do love Soba noodles. This is just one wonderful bowl of goodness!

What a great date night! :0)

10:38 AM  
Blogger Sarah R said...

Hey, if you're cooking dinner - I'll eat anything!! Everything on your site is so mouthwatering - and inspiring!!

10:55 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

What a steal!

11:00 AM  
Blogger Monica H said...

oh, this looks so healthy and light.

I vote making zucchini bread!

11:31 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

Soba is great - so tasty and I just feel healthier after eating it. Your dish looks wonderful!

12:57 PM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

This is a great recipe for all the zucchini popping up in my garden. I love all the flavors here and your photos make my mouth water!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Jen L. said...

That looks amazing! Do you ever read There's a recipe up now for Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini. Sounds tasty.

2:30 PM  
Blogger eatme_delicious said...

Yum what a perfect dish!

3:57 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

This looks like such a fresh and delcious meal. I can't wait to try it!

4:15 PM  
Blogger Tasty Eats At Home said...

I love soba noodles, and zucchini! Sounds perfect! And happy anniversary!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Shari said...

Fresh produce can't be beat! Nor can Endamame beans! This sounds like a great dish! Thanks for sharing! (But $12 -- really?? Wow!)

5:00 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

This looks delicious - especially the sauce!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

It looks absolutely delicious !
I know we would love this dish ~ so healthful and not heavy. Perfect for summer! Thank you so much for sharing. xo ~m.

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

What a great dish! I made edamame hummus last night. I can eat soba noodles all day! :)

5:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

LOVE soba, I really need to make it more!

6:53 PM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

OH WOW - that looks like an absolutely perfect dinner to me!!!

6:56 PM  
Blogger Kasha said...

That looks like a great sauce! I love edamame! Thanks!

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delightful noodles with yummy veggies! Great recipe!

8:45 PM  
Blogger Amy I. said...

I've been meaning to try making soba noodles. Can't wait to try with this recipe! I love the veggies you chose. Now if I could only figure out a way to get my husband to like zucchini...

10:33 PM  
Blogger grace said...

awesome date night, kids--we would be great friends. :)
meanwhile, what a terrific dish--so much grean, but with such varying flavors and textures. exquisite. :)

3:23 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I adore edamame! I just posted a super recipe for a roasted edamame salad. No reason you couldn't throw some soba noodles in there too.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

What a nice idea for date night. Brad gets home so late, if we are doing date night in, it means that dinner should probably be on the table by the time he arrives (or else we would be eating when we should be in bed!). I like the addition of the sesame seeds - really pretty!

7:01 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

Oh this is a great dish!! I'm a fan of Soba Noodles so this is just perfect for me to dive into - yum!

9:25 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Garlic chili paste! I am so totally sold :) I'd sub regular wheat soba for the buckwheat, though-- it takes some getting used to for me! :)

10:20 AM  
Blogger foodcreate said...

Refreshing dish very Healthy looks yummy ~

Thanks for sharing your recipe:)


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12:27 PM  
Blogger test it comm said...

I like using soba noodles in salads like this and I like all of the green in this one.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Aimée said...

Sounds like the best kind of date to me!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I love soba noodles too, they have such a great texture!

2:43 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I've already got some zucchini in the garden that is almost ready to be picked. I get so much every year that I run out of ways to use it. I'll be remembering this!

5:50 PM  
Blogger Deeba PAB said...

What a great dish Maried. feel like digging in. Have never made soba noodles before, but this looks perfectly balanced.YUM!

8:02 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

We have dates at Costco :) What a yummy dish, so light and perfect for summer!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

I'm the same way with my produce too, sometimes I get a little too much, and I have to get creative :)

I like the addition of the squash with the noodles, colors always spice up a dish.

And so pumped you're a beet fan. You're a cool cat Maria!

4:57 AM  
Blogger Delectable Dining said...

I've never tried soba noodles, but this looks fabulous! I'm going to have to look for them. I'm so jealous that I am not close to this market... I'd have so much fun!

9:07 AM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

I still haven't made it to Sunflower Market. I've got to get over there! This recipe looks delicious. I adore soba noodles and they make such a quick meal. I love to pair them with snap peas, red pepper, soy sauce, and cayenne pepper. Yum!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

The Sunflower market sounds fun. I like Soba noodles. What a great healthy dish!

7:24 PM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

This recipe sounds wonderful - just what I need after a long week of eating rich foods on vacation. I love all of the veggies with the soba noodles!

7:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i'm loving this especially since i'm trying to come down a few pounds. who doesn't love soy beans!!

Bren @

11:01 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Nothing nerdy about a date night revolving around eating right! Plus it is so flipping cheap if you eat right.

Still need to try soba noodles and definitely going to have to head to the co-op and look for them.

Nicely done!

6:21 AM  
Blogger lynn said...

I've got some soba noodles in the pantry and feel inspired! Thanks!

4:15 PM  
Blogger Veron said...

Simply delicious! Love soba noodles!

5:39 PM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

I love it! It looks so delicious and healthy!

7:08 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I haven't tried soba noddles. It sounds like a great healthy meal.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

That looks delicious!

10:32 AM  
Blogger cookies and cups said...

This looks so good! This is almost exactly what I get when we go to my favorite Japanese restaurant!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

I wish we had a nice market like that around here. The dish looks amazing. I would love it!!!

6:18 AM  
Blogger Justine said...

MMMM that sounds delicious and healthy!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Janel said...

This looks amazing! Some of my favorite ingredients all in one bowl! Mmm.

1:50 PM  

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