By Cookie + Kate
GV comments: The first couple times I made it for a group, it disappeared before I could taste it. But since then I've had my share and love it. You can use Kate's suggested shortcuts and get it on the table in about 15 minutes. Or start from scratch and add 10-15 minutes. The peanut butter and sesame oil in the dressing, along with grated fresh ginger and minced garlic cloves, pack enough flavor to counterbalance the slightly bitter cabbage and bland soba noodles. This would make a dinner with a hearty soup.
Timing: Under 30 minutes
Affordability: Less than $5 total
Nutrition: Mostly whole-food unprocessed (the sesame oil is the only processed ingredient)
Gluten-free if you buy 100% buckwheat soba noodles