The bracing combination of fresh lime juice and mint adds minimal calories and not a trace of fat, yet tastes out of this world. Scallions, cucumber, and chopped peanuts up the flavor ante while also adding crunch. Soba noodles, made from buckwheat, are nuttier than those made from wheat.
This vegetarian take on sushi is bursting with shiitakes and soba noodles. Shredded cabbage brings cancer-fighting beta-carotene on board, while the nori -- sheets of dried seaweed -- supplies calcium, magnesium, and iron.
A little broth goes a long way in this Asian noodle dish.
Store black sesame seeds, available in most supermarkets and Asian grocery stores, in the refrigerator. They have a high oil content and could go rancid if stored improperly.