Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Asian Pasta Salad

Katrina Smith here! I would like to share a little story about myself, which I know may seem to be a little out of the ordinary loop. But do not worry; it's about food. You know when you're little and your parents or someone much older than you makes a meal for you, and you have to eat what is being fixed? A younger me tried eating bean sprouts. Let's just say I didn't love them. My imagination back then made me envision bean sprouts to be more horribly horrible than they are right into adulthood. So now, I am still not fond of eating them because of the taste. Yet, that's nothing a great recipe can't fix! I now know how good bean sprouts can be. Bean sprouts, which are also called mung bean sprouts, are loaded with vitamin C, protein, and fiber.

Recipe for 1 Serving

1 package of ramen noodles
1/2 cup of bean sprouts, chopped
1/2 cup of Bok Choy, chopped
1/3 cup of shredded carrots
1/2 cup of crushed peanuts (more for garnish)
1/2 tablespoon of plain yogurt
1/2 tablespoon of mustard
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of Oyster sauce (optional)

1. Boil water in a small sauce pot. Once the water comes to a boil, add noodles. I like to separate the noodles because it makes it look like you have more. Cook for 3 minutes, or until done, stirring occasionally.

2. Remove from heat, and drain the water. Then add in cold water to stop the cooking process and drain.

3. Add in bean sprouts, Bok Choy, carrots, peanuts, yogurt, mustard, and pepper seasonings. You can stop there, or you can add a bit oyster sauce for a bolder, Asian-infused taste.


Katrina S.
Katrina Smith is an advocate for people with disabilities as the host of "Living With," a nonprofit talk show. She is also a food blogger through her blog "Living Better Cafe" which features traditional yet allergy-friendly recipes at an inexpensive price. When she was 9 months old, she was in an automobile accident. She suffered severe brain damage. She lives with a learning disability. Despite her disability, she is now a college undergraduate. You can check out her nonprofit talk show at and you can check out Living Better Cafe at, as well as

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