|Warming Soba Noodles with Spinach
Serves 4 / Buckwheat soba is Japan’s nutritional noodle champion-a good source of protein, whole grains, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Ingredient tips: Bright red shichimi togarashi is a dried, seven-spice fiery chili mix, available in Japanese markets and well-stocked natural-foods stores. Check soba-noodle labels for sodium; amounts can vary widely.
1 pound spinach, well washed, roots and coarse stems removed
1. Steam spinach over boiling water for 30 seconds, or just until bright green and wilted. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Gently squeeze spinach to release excess water. Lay spinach on a clean tea towel or cheesecloth, and gently roll up to absorb any remaining liquid. Set aside.
PER SERVING: 324 cal, 4% fat cal, 1g fat, 0g sat fat, 10mg chol, 22g protein, 61g carb, 6g fiber, 838mg sodium