Last week when I was shopping at Extra Food, I found that they had a no-name store brand soba (buckwheat noodles). I've seen these noodles before used as soba salad in Japanese cooking but never knew what I would do with them until I saw Scrumptious Serenity's post about this Slimming Soba Noodle Salad. It looked simple enough so I decided to try it.
The next ingredient I looked for was kale. I had never eaten this vegetable before and never knew that it was famous for being a superfood filled with cancer fighting vitamins. It's a dark leafy vegetable and I found a healthy portion in the organic vegetable section of my supermarket.
Now when I went hunting for the pine nuts is when I stood at a standstill and decided not to follow the recipe. A 100g portion of pine nuts were over $10! In my grocery cart, there was one pound of meat for half that price. I really could not justify the price of that nut and carried on.
Later, my friend suggested to buy the pine nuts from the bulk section so I could select just the 2 tablespoons needed for the recipe. I did that and spent $2 instead of $10.
Now shopping for this recipe is the hardest part. Actually cooking it is easy and I followed the recipe from Scrumptious Serenity including the fig balsamic vinegar. It is a colourful salad chopped full of goodness. Overall the price for this dish is under $5 so it is a healthy buy and worth a try for your brown bag lunch.