SESAME NOODLES WITH BROCCOLI AND ALMONDS

Man, do you ever have these days when your coronary heart feels so completely satisfied and full that it simply calms you 

all the way down to your bones?  Like, in the perfect and most peaceable of how?

Yesterday was a type of for me.

I awakened early within the morning feeling grateful and so dang cherished after a fantastic birthday

night with all of my favourite individuals the night time earlier than — milling across the kitchen having fun with

a dreamy buffet of chips and salsa, retaining the refills approaching everybody’s glasses with recent

margaritas, sitting across the desk speaking and laughing and having fun with these great individuals

till late within the night.  It was my sort of a birthday, and I’m nonetheless smiling about it!

Then, even higher, I stepped outdoors within the morning to a type of beautiful spring days that

you dream about all winter lengthy.  The air was completely heat and breezy, the solar was shiny

and shining all day lengthy, and it felt like blooms had been flowering in all places you turned.

I instantly threw open the home windows and left them open, and Henry faithfully scootched

his naps throughout the flooring following the sunbeams all day lengthy.

In fact, it was approach too beautiful a day to remain inside.  So I despatched a shout-out to my neighbors

seeing if individuals wished to hang around by the picnic tables out again after work.  And even with little planning,

we had a crowd.  So enjoyable!!  Everybody was nearly giddy to be again outdoors after a winter

of neighbor-nighting indoors, and stayed outdoors passing round hen wings and (my leftover!)

chips and salsas and cookies and beer till lengthy after the solar had set.

We even had a handful of recent neighbors present up, which at all times makes me so completely satisfied

to see our little custom residing on.

Anyway, it was a type of actually good ones.  And made me hopeful about this subsequent 12 months of life.

And made me really feel like I’m proper the place I’m purported to be.

So I soaked it up!  And I made an enormous batch of those springy sesame noodles to share at neighbornight,

as a result of naturally noodles are what you deliver to have fun an ideal spring day, proper?!  😉

They certain are in my guide, at the very least!  🙂

Truly, I’ve been craving sesame noodles for awhile now, and occurred to have a

large head of broccoli ready for me within the fridge.  So I chopped it up Dana Carvey-style

and sauteed it up with some garlic whereas the noodles cooked.

Then, in a second of sensible inspiration, I made a decision to cut up a bunch of those

Wasabi and Soy Sauce almonds from Blue Diamond and add them to the combination for an additional kick.

(<– Oh my goodness, I’m completely obsessed with snacking on this stuff recently.

They’re my new repair when I’ve a sushi craving, and they’re the best possible.)

Then I tossed every little thing along with a easy sesame-soy French dressing,

sprinkled on just a few sesame seeds and inexperienced onions and crushed pink pepper flakes for garnish…

…and voila.  These lovely, colourful, fabulously-flavorful noodle bowls had been able to go.

And even higher?  They had been able to go in simply 20 minutes.  As a result of on a spring week

as beautiful as this one, it might be a criminal offense to be caught inside across the range.  😉

Be happy so as to add in some further protein in case you’d like.  And naturally, another recent

veggies that you’ve available would even be scrumptious combined into the saute as properly,

in addition to another kinds of almonds.  However when you have the time to trace down a can of the Wasabi

and Soy Sauce almonds, I’m telling you, you gained’t remorse it.

Hope you all get pleasure from this one, and I want us all many extra lovely days forward this spring!