The Cub is a huge fan of noodles. Most nights when we ask her what she wants to eat, she replies, “Noodles.” She can’t get enough. She prefers an asian sauce on her noodles so we decided to try to make our own version of teriyaki.
With most recipes, we let the cub measure out the ingredients. We talk about the amounts we are putting in the pot. We hope with consistency, she will eventually learn measurements. The cub helped us add water, corn starch, soy sauce and rice vinegar to a pot.
Cultivating curiosity in a child is immeasurable. Introduce new foods and let them play with new tools and food. The cub is fixated on the appearance of the honey and loved that it smelled so sweet.
We used a tool that the cub has never seen before – the garlic press. Pure joy beamed from her face when she saw the garlic squeeze out the little holes. It’s the simple things in life.
Another fun tool is the potato masher. The cub helped us crush the pineapple chunks and tried a piece just to make sure it was sweet enough.
Finger licking good!
Can you say “Noodles”? Using a whisk, the cub helped us stir all the ingredients together before we put it on the stove to cook down.
While the teriyaki sauce cooked, we boiled the soba noodles. We also chopped up some broccoli and carrots and steamed them. Combine the noodles, veggies and sauce and you have a delicious meal!
Isn’t she pretty eating her soba noodles with teriyaki? This dish is well-balanced and reduces the amount of sugar seen in most teriyaki sauces.
Slurp, slurp, yummy noodles! Our noodle bowl is adapted from The Adventure Bite’s teriyaki sauce recipe.
Soba Noodles with Veggies and Teriyaki Sauce
- ¼ cup soy sauce (I like reduced sodium)
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4-5 tablespoons honey (to taste)
- 2-4 tablespoons rice vinegar (to taste)
- 4 tablespoons crushed pineapple
- 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- In a small pot whisk soy sauce, water, and cornstarch together until smooth. Add any of the optional additional ingredients you are using (vinegar, garlic, ginger, etc) .
- Heat over medium-high heat until warm and then whisk in honey until dissolved.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and whisk constantly until desired thickness is reached. Do not leave unattended; it thickens quickly once it gets boiling and will rapidly burn.
- Taste and adjust as desired. If too thick, thin with additional water to desired consistency.
- Steam vegetables until tender.
- Boil noodles per package directions.
- In a bowl, add noodles, steamed vegetables and top with teriyaki sauce. Serve and enjoy.