the appetizer:

The Green Princess Cookbook by Barbara Beery includes healthy, environmentally-friendly recipes for kids like Organic Orchard Salsa, Cornbread in a Recycled Can, and So-Good Soba Noodle Nests.



So-Good Soba Noodle Nests

Serves 4-6



  • 1 package (8 ounces) soba noodles
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced organic red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups sliced assorted organic summer squash
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 cups organic snow peas
  • 1/2 cup shredded organic carrots
  • 1 tablespoon minced organic cilantro
  • 2 organic green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil


Prepare soba noodles according to package directions. Drain, cover, and keep warm in a pot .

Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Toss in pepper, ginger, and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.

Stir in squash, tamari, broth, and rice vinegar. Saute 3 minutes and toss in snow peas, carrots, cilantro, and onions. Cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Toss with sesame oil.

Scoop the warm noodles equally onto plates in small round nests and top with stir-fried vegetables. This dish is good served warm or at room temperature.

  • from:
    Green Princess Cookbook
  • by Barbara Beery
  • Gibbs Smith 2009
  • $14.99; Hardcover with spiral binding
  • ISBN-10: 1423605659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4236-0565-2
  • Recipe reprinted by permission.

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