This easy noodle dish comes together in the time it takes to boil pasta and pleases the entire family.  Eat it hot or cold, alone or topped with some simply sauteed vegetables (whatever you have on hand will do).

Sesame noodles and cabbage with stir-fried vegetables

Yield:  Serves 4.

For noodles (adapted from Vegetarian Times):

1/2 lb. soba or udon noodles, or whole wheat or brown rice spaghetti

1/2 head napa cabbage, cored and shredded (about 6 cups)

1 handful fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

3 tbsp. natural peanut butter (or use sunflower seed butter)

2 tbsp. tamari (or use regular soy sauce)

2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil

2 tbsp. mirin or sherry

1 tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. sriracha (or a pinch of crushed red pepper)

For vegetables:

2-3 tbsp. canola oil

1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 tsp. grated, fresh ginger

1 carrot, peeled and grated

A few scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, cored and sliced

2 handfuls snow peas

Kernels from two ears of fresh corn (Not sure how to do this?  See here.)

Make noodles:

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil.  Add noodles, and cook according to package directions.

While noodles cook, whisk sauce ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Put shredded cabbage into a large colander in the sink.  When noodles are cooked, pour noodles and cooking water over cabbage in colander.  Drain well.  Toss noodles and cabbage with sauce and cilantro.

(Sesame noodles keep well in the fridge and make an excellent, portable lunch.  Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature.)

Saute vegetables:

Warm a large skillet (or use a wok, if you have one) over medium-high heat.  Drizzle in oil, then add garlic, ginger, and carrots.  When vegetables are softened and fragrant, add scallions and peppers.  Cook a few minutes, then add snow peas and corn.  Cook another minute or two, until snow peas are bright green and vegetables are hot throughout.  Spoon vegetables over noodles and serve.