A complete dinner, from start to finish, in less than 15 minutes – yes, it’s possible! Garlic Ginger Sesame Soy Noodle Sauce is all the proof you need!
We’re all busy. Can I get an amen? Life is hectic even on the slowest days. I don’t know about you, Dear Reader, but there are just not enough hours in the day! Do you ever feel like that? It’s pretty much a norm for me.
I know it’s my own fault, because I tend to keep myself rather busy. It’s not that I do it intentionally, it’s just that I have a very active mind, and it’s very difficult for me to shut it off or even slow it down. I’m just one of those people that needs to be doing something at all times.
Let me clarify what “doing something” means. I don’t mean to imply that I’m always active. What I mean is that even when I’m “resting,” I need to be occupied. For example, I like to work on my blog social media while watching Netflix. If we watch a movie, and if I refrain from eating copious amounts of popcorn – which keeps my hands from being idle – then I’ll crochet at the same time.
On Sunday mornings, I’ll sit with my coffee and a notebook. I’ll toy with recipe ideas, make lists, work on my posting schedule, categorize my food photos, or organize my Google Drive. There’s really no such thing as sitting with my coffee and reading a book for pleasure, or looking out the window and the world waking up and going about its business.
If I sit for too long without something to do, I start looking around the room for things to do. Maybe a curtain needs to be adjusted so that it looks more even; maybe the placement of a candle or picture frame no longer looks right and needs to be moved. On a good day, maybe it’s time to move the couch and switch its location with the love seat! Even at night when I go to bed, I oftentimes will have my phone open to my notebook app and I’ll jot down ideas, delete old ideas that I no longer think will work, etc.
John.e will often point out that I don’t know how to truly take it easy. And, he says that I get my need for change and movement from my mother. I don’t disagree with either of those statements. But, I would much rather be active, be planning, be goal-oriented, etc., then to let me mind become stagnant and undetermined. Can I get another amen?
So on those days when there’s just not enough time to do all that you had planned to do, I guarantee you that this recipe will help you snatch back at least 30 minutes of the time you had previously allocated to preparing dinner. Oh, and as for dishes, there’s hardly any to do!
I love to freshly grate my ginger and garlic when making this sauce, but if you want to speed it up even more, there’s no law that states that you cannot use the pre-grated stuff in a jar. I will often have a jar of grated ginger in my fridge. It’s great for recipes where the ginger is not the star of the recipe.
In recipes like this Garlic Ginger Sesame Soy Noodle Sauce though, where there are not many ingredients, I would recommend that you use fresh ginger and fresh garlic just to get the most out of this simple recipe. Oh, and the black sesame seeds were all I had on hand at the time these photos were taken. You can totally use the white sesame seeds!
Now, lastly, before you get to the recipe, I want to point out that I had some assistance with the chopsticks. For the life of me, I cannot master the art of using chopsticks. If it’s a big, non-slippery food item that I can poke the chopstick into, I’m all good, but for noodles or rice, forget about it! I pulled my daughter into this photo shoot with me. Those are her bright red nails you see, not mine! 😉
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Garlic Ginger Sesame Soy Noodle Sauce
- 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 6 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar, lightly packed
- 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- Place all ingredients, except 1 teaspoon of the sesame seeds, in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer. Whisk occasionally.
- In the meantime, prepare the noodles according to the cooking instructions on the package.
- Ladle the desired amount of sauce over the cooked noodles. Top with more sesame seeds, and maybe some parsley or green onion.
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