HOW TO: Make vegan sesame spinach noodles to celebrate Chinese New Year

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1. Gather the ingredients.

  • 12 oz long noodles (we used organic whole wheat spaghetti, but you can also use linguini, rice noodles, etc)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp sesame oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach
  • 4-6 Tbsp water

For topping:

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Veggies, such as shredded carrots, julienned cucumbers, steamed broccoli, etc

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2. Cook the noodles.

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse well with cold water. Put the noodles into a large bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp sesame oil to prevent noodles from sticking together. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.

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3. Sauté the garlic and ginger.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp sesame oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 3-4 minutes, being careful not to burn them. Turn off the heat and set the pan aside for a few minutes.

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