Dr Oz brought Candice Kumai, author of Pretty Delicious: Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy New You, on his show to share Metabolism Boosting Recipes.  One of the recipes that I was most excited about was Kumai’s Spicy Soba with Shiitakes and Edamame Recipe that Doctor Oz posted on his website.  I have had a package of soba noodles in my cabinet for a while now, but was waiting for some inspiration.  Perfect!  Here are links for all of Kumai’s recipes from the Dr Oz Show: Spicy Soba Recipe, Spinach Salad With Walnuts & Strawberries Recipe and Berry Creamy Oatmeal Recipe.

Candice Kumai’s Spicy Soba Recipe

Ingredients:

1 tbsp sesame oil

6 garlic cloves, finely minced

1 tsp freshly grated gingerroot

1 cup orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)

2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Dark sesame oil (optional)

2 tbsp sesame seeds

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 (8 to 10-oz) package soba noodles

1 cup frozen shelled edamame

1 cup baby spinach or roughly chopped large-leaf spinach

1 cup shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced, or 1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms soaked in hot water for 5 minutes, drained, and chopped

4 scallions, thinly sliced on a diagonal

Pretty Delicious Soba Recipe

Directions:

1.  Toast the sesame seeds in a small pan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.  Make sure to shake the pan often to prevent burning.

2.  After the sesame seeds are toasted, pour them into a bowl that you put on the side.

3.  Heat up the sesame oil over medium heat and add the ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes.

4.  Once the garlic is fragrant (after about 30 seconds), then pour the orange juice and soy sauce into the pan.  Increase the heat and bring the pan to a simmer.

5.  Reduce the heat to low and cook until the sauce is thick like a syrup and has reduced in half (after around 20 minutes).

6.  During the time that the sauce is reducing, boil the soba noodles and peas.  To boil the soba noodles, you bring a large pot of water to a boil with a pinch of salt and cook them for 5 minutes.  Then add the peas and boil until the peas and soba are completely cooked (around another minute).

7.  Mix the shiitake mushrooms into the thick sauce and bring the heat up to around medium.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.

8.  Add the soba noodles and the spinach and cook another 2 minutes.

9.  Serve with the sesame seeds and scallions sprinkled on top.

Here are links for all of Kumai’s recipes from the Dr Oz Show: Spicy Soba Recipe, Spinach Salad With Walnuts & Strawberries Recipe and Berry Creamy Oatmeal Recipe.
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