Dessert/ Dinner

Oodles of Noodles

Tonight for dinner I decided to make the Asian Noodles with Shiitakes and Cashews from the latest edition of Shape magazine. I don’t really read many magazines anymore (except for Gourmet) but maybe I’ll have to start again because this issue has some great stuff in it! Ab exercises, pasta dishes, best snacks….I’ll have to keep this around for awhile!


I made this pasta earlier this afternoon so it would have time to chill and I halved the recipe to make two servings. One for tonight and one for later this week—the recipe claims that this will be good for five days if in tupperware in the fridge. Perfect! I made a couple changes, however. Publix didn’t have dried shiitakes so I used dried porcinis. I’ve never used dried mushrooms before and it was sort of weird. I think I like fresh better. I also threw in some fresh grated ginger into the sauce and used agave nectar instead of honey. It turned out great!!!!!! I wasn’t so sure about the radish part because I’ve never really been a fan, but remarkably they worked perfectly in this dish. This would be something I would definitely make over and over again. I love the cashews :).



When dinner time came round, I had one serving of my pasta along with a spinach salad with woodstock dressing. Last night I officially got my dad hooked on this dressing and he said he is going to search for it next time he goes to the store. So good!


Like I said, I also baked some super charge me cookies (from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan) this afternoon for nighttime snacks this week. I used peanut butter instead of almond butter and half agave nectar for the sweetener because I ran out of maple syrup (!!!). The wet ingredients were quite sticky so I thinned it down a bit with about 2 tbsp of water. I also threw in some extra roasted cashew pieces that I didn’t use in my pasta. The cookies still came out very good though—definitely a completely different taste when you use peanut butter rather than almond butter. I miss my almond butter dearly but haven’t been able to make it to whole foods to buy more!!! 🙁 I had one of these cookies for a midday snack and they are good, but I do think they are better when made with almond butter.


For a snack tonight I packed some cherries and another cookie. We are starting production tonight on our chocolate modeling cake and I am excited! My camera is totally dead so I am leaving it at home to charge but I won’t finish the cake tonight so there really won’t be anything to take a picture of.


Have a good night!

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  • VeggieGirl
    June 16, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Ahh, go get yourself some more almond-butter, girl!! One should NOT have to do without it!!

  • suzanne
    June 16, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Can i ask what woodstock dressing is??

  • Gena
    June 16, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Jenna — I made this very dish last night! I loved the touch of honey. I also added some mirin to mine, which was a great compliment to the whole dish. Glad you enjoyed, too 🙂

  • Erin
    June 17, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Girl, everything looks DELISH!!
    And maaaaayybbeeee it will be easier to get to WF–oh, I don’t know–when the new one opens a week from Wednesday!! Are you as excited as I am?! 😀

  • Lauren
    June 17, 2008 at 1:26 am


    Which month of shape is that? Thanks for your answer about iced tea (and everyone else’s too)!

  • Tina
    June 17, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Yum! Those noodles look so delicious! So do the cookies! 🙂

  • Kristie
    June 17, 2008 at 3:18 am

    Mmm does that dish ever look amazing. I love the looks of those noodles, I really need to try them out sometime!

  • Richelle
    June 17, 2008 at 6:14 am

    I love udon noodles! It has this taste that makes it not such an ordinary pasta!

  • healthyceliac
    June 17, 2008 at 11:25 am

    I just bought Shape magazine last night to prepare for my flight on Friday (need good reading materials, you know?). I may have to make that dish for dinner while on my vacation, because yours looks so good!

    I second VeggieGirl…you definitely need some almond butter around at all times. 🙂

  • Andrea
    June 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    i absolutely LOVE shape magazine! it’s soooo great – much more ‘real’ than glamour or cosmo etc…i love the cut out pictures of different exercises – i usually cut them out and will do them in my dorm with free weights! however i occasionally find myself picking up an issue of US weekly :-/ guilty pleasure haha.

  • Eat, Live, Run » Rush in, Rush out
    June 19, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    […] ask me to decorate a cake in front of them or something. You never know! Good thing I had leftover asian noodles from the other night leftover in the fridge. I’ll definitely make these noodles again […]