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Sesame Noodles with Spinach & Salmon {Food Matters Project}

Good Monday morning! It is rainy and wet here but 60 degrees in January so I don’t think I am allowd to complain about the rain!  We had a really productive and fun weekend.  How was yours?

On Saturday I got to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of my best and sweetest friends!  This was the best kind of birthday party – lots of friends, fun outside games in 60 degree weather (in January, what??!?), fun homemade drinks in fancy glasses and lots and lots of delicious food!  I’m looking forward to the celebration continuing for her birthday this week with a fun girls night out on Wednesday and then maybe a birthday run on Thursday while her hubby makes a special dinner!  Work may be busy this week but it is going to be a fun one celebrating a very special friend!

But first, lets get back to this delicious dish!  I’m so excited to be hosting the Food Matters Project again this week.  I’ve been participating in the Food Matters Project for a few months now and have really enjoyed getting to know the rest of the food bloggers and trying so many new recipes from Mark Bittman’s cookbook “The Food Matters Cookbook.”

This is an easy recipe with simple ingredients and flavors that comes together quickly (perfect for a quick weeknight meal).  I felt like I was eating ‘spa food’ but was filled and energized each time I ate it.

This is a delicious recipe and gets even better as leftovers so make sure to make a big batch!  And make sure to see what the other bloggers did with this dish, here.

Sesame Noodles with Spinach and Salmon
from The Food Matters Cookbook
2 tbsp vegetable oil
8 oz salmon fillet
black pepper
1 tbsp minced garlic
3 tbsp sesame seeds
1 1/2 lbs spinach, roughly chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
8 oz whole wheat spaghetti noodles

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it.  Put the vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat.  When it’s very hot, sprinkle the salmon on both sides with salt and pepper and sear it in the pan until nicely browned on both sides, about 6 minutes total.  Remove from the pan and cut or flake it into bite-sized pieces.

Reduce the heat under the skillet to medium. Add the garlic and sesame seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic begins to soften and the sesame seeds turn golden, about 30 seconds.  Add the spinach and cook, stirring, for another minute or two.  Add the soy sauce, sesame oil and a splash of water (from the pasta pot) and cook until the spinach is wilted, another 2 to 4 minutes.  Remove from the heat.

Cook the noodles in the boiling water until they’re tender but not mushy, then drain, reserving some of the cooking water.  Turn the heat under the spinach mixture to medium and add the noodles and reserved salmon.  Toss, adding enough reserved liquid to keep things moist.  Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.  Serve immediately or at room temperature.

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great choice Sara! Love your photo too.

    January 14, 2013
  2. Wow wow wow. This looks fabulous! What a combination of ingredients!

    January 15, 2013
    • Thanks!! I can’t take credit for this one, but you are right, a delicious combo!

      January 15, 2013
  3. Mary #

    This looks like it would be delicious warm or cold!

    January 15, 2013
    • It is! I had it hot for lunch on Saturday then a few cold bites later as a snack straight out of the fridge!

      January 15, 2013
  4. these pix are beautiful and makes the dish look so delicious! thanks so much for hosting this week.

    January 16, 2013
    • Thanks Lan! I was really proud of these photos so I really appreciate that! Loved hosting!

      January 17, 2013
  5. Thanks so much for hosting, Sara! I laughed when you likened it to “spa food”… cause I’d never thought of that. We eat like this quite often and I wonder how it would go over if I told my boyfriend he should imagine himself at the spa. Haha!

    January 17, 2013
    • Hahaha! Yes, that is what my hubby called this dish. He liked it but described it as “spa food.” I usually eat this way all of the time but make “extras” for him. Too funny!

      January 17, 2013

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