Sesame Cashew Noodle Bowl


At our co-op, there is a section of ready-made, packaged foods that we like to grab when we need a quick lunch or dinner.  Last week, we happened to stop there to pick up a few things at lunch time.  I grabbed a caprese sandwich from the case and Joel grabbed a noodle bowl.  I'd had this noodle bowl before and it was very good.  We wrote down all the ingredients that were listed on the package and decided we would try to recreate it one night.  Last night, I met a girlfriend out for dinner, but Joel was home so he decided to give this noodle bowl a try.  I'd say he hit the nail right on the head with this one.  It was so delicious...yeah I snuck a taste before I left for dinner!

1 package (8 ounces) Udon Noodles
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/4 cup Unsalted Cashews
Handful of Cilantro, chopped
1 small Broccoli Crown, cut into florets
3-4 Scallions, sliced
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced

3 tablespoons Sesame Oil
4 tablespoons Soy Sauce

Fill a large pot with water, about 3/4 of the way full and bring to a boil.  Put the noodles in the water and bring it back to a boil.  When it reaches a boil, add 1 cup of cold water and bring back to a boil.  Continue to add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.  Strain the noodles and rinse with cold water.  Place the cooked noodles in a large bowl.  Add the garlic, cashews, cilantro, broccoli, scallions, and red pepper; mix well to combine.    Pour in the sesame oil and soy sauce.  Stir well to be sure that all ingredients have been coated with the "sauce".  Refrigerate until serving.