Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Flash in the pan

I know when people hear this term they think of something with a flashy beginning that kind of fizzles out in a disappointing way.

However, that isn't what the term has to mean.

A flash in the pan can also be something positive, at least when you're cooking dinner.

A flash in the pan can mean something that only takes a few minutes to prepare in your pan, and that is what I am changing the meaning of this term to right now.

So let's celebrate the new meaning of this now easy and yummy term with a recipe.

Although, before we begin, I'm just realizing this recipe has no pans involved. Let me know if you think I should change the term to a flash in the pot...

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad - serves 4

2 cups of leftover Dancing Chicken, diced or shredded (or any other cooked chicken)
2 cups of snow peas, strings removed
4 individual packages of udon noodles (fresh Asian noodles), or another kind of plump fresh noodle
6 green onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of black or white sesame seeds, for garnish
1 recipe of Mango Salad Dressing (because who says salad dressing needs to be purchased?)

1. Boil a large pot of water and add udon noodles.

2. Cover and cook for about a minute before adding snow peas. Cover and cook for another two minutes.

3. Drain noodles and peas. Add to a large bowl with chicken and green onions. Set aside while you make your Mango Salad Dressing.

4. Add dressing to the Asian Chicken Pasta Salad and enjoy!

Mango Salad Dressing

1 large ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks
3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1. Add all ingredients to a blender, or a bowl to use an immersion blender, and pulse until smooth.

2. Season with salt and pepper.

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