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Edamame, Noodles & Beef in Hoisin Sauce

  Makes 4 servings, about 2 cups each
  Prep Time: 30 minutes
  Total Time: 30 minutes
  Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Ingredients
 8 ounces soba noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti
 3 tablespoons lime juice
 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce, (see Tip)
 1-2 teaspoons chile-garlic sauce, (see Tip)
 1 teaspoon cornstarch
 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
 8 ounces flank steak, trimmed of fat, thinly sliced (see Tip)
 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
 1 10-ounce package frozen shelled edamame, (about 2 cups), thawed
 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
 
Preparation

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add soba noodles (or spaghetti) and cook, until the noodles are just tender, 6 to 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, whisk lime juice, hoisin sauce and chile-garlic sauce to taste with cornstarch.

3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak and cook, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer the steak to a plate.  Add bell pepper to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add edamame and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add ginger and cook, about 30 seconds. Stir the sauce mixture and add to the pan along with the beef and any accumulated juices. Cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the noodles; toss to coat. Top with cilantro.

Tips & Tricks
Tip: Freezing the flank steak for about 20 minutes will make it easier to slice.

Nutritional Notes: 427 calories; 9 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 19 mg cholesterol; 60 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 5 g fiber; 757 mg sodium; 443 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (110% daily value), Vitamin A (30% dv), Iron (25% dv), Zinc (20% dv), Magnesium (19% dv)