Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad for JSL Foods, Inc. Blogger Recipe Challenge #sponsor

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If I could think of one style of food that never fails to deliver freshness, I would have to say Asian food.  I’ve been eating a 95% ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet, which means burgers are out of the question on weekly date nights.  I tend to lean towards fresh stir fried vegetables, savory plates of Thai noodles and steaming bowls of egg-topped ramen.

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

JSL Foods, Inc.® does not fail to deliver when it comes to freshness.  I was invited to participate in JSL Foods, Inc.’s Blogger Recipe Challenge by developing a new recipe with their precooked noodle products.  Before this challenge I had never tried their noodles before.  I had no idea what I had been missing!  These noodles are tender and made with simple ingredients, fortified with ALA Omega 3 and contain absolutely no MSG’s.

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The noodles I chose to use for this challenge were the Udon Mushroom Flavor noodles by Fortune® from JSL Foods, Inc.®.  So delicious.  They are easily microwaveable or can be placed in a pot of boiling water, with the provided packet of seasoning.  These noodles can be served in a soup, stir fried with vegetables, or simply served as a cold noodle salad.

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I decided to serve my noodles as a cold salad.  I simple soaked two packages in a bowl of hot water and one packet of seasoning mix while I prepared the rest of the salad ingredients.  Each bag of fresh packed noodles provides two healthy servings.

My challenge for this recipe was to come up with a type of Asian infusion.  We’ve seen these in restaurants, with Mexican and Asian infusion meals and even Indian and Thai (one of my favorites!).

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I opted to blend the flavors of Italy with simple Thai flavors, as those are both my favorites!  I left the meat out of this one, like most of my recent dishes.  This Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad begins with thick and flavorful udon noodles that have been soaked with their own mushroom flavor.  The noodles are then tossed with an olive oil and black sesame seed drizzle, that has also been infused with the Fortune® mushroom flavor.

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bright red strawberries, spicy red onions and a chiffonade of bold basil, along with chunks of salty feta cheese are paired with the thick noodles.  All of this is then drizzled with a sweet and zangy strawberry balsamic glaze that is laced with Asian flavors like soy sauce, mirin and lemon grass.  I was literally dipping strawberries in this glaze when it was finished!

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the kicker is, this recipe takes only about 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish.  You will be satisfying your taste buds in no time.

It is definitely hard not to load up on the balsamic glaze, but a little goes a long way with flavor.

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I hope you take the time to look for JSL Foods, Inc.® products in your local market.  You can find them at Albertsons, Bashas, Bel Air, Food 4 Less, Food Maxx, Lucky’s, Jewel, Nob Hill Foods, Raley’s, Randalls, Safeway, Savemart, Shaws, , Stater Bros, Star Market, Target and Winco.   I am definitely buying more of these!

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You can also find JSL Foods, Inc. on Twitter and Facebook.  And here is my entry for the Blogger Recipe Challenge with instructional photos to start!!

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Look at those delicious noodles!

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 200 calories

Fat 9 g

Carbs 25 g

Protein 4 g

6

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad

Ingredients

    For the Noodles

  • 2 - 7.25 oz packages mushroom flavor Fortune fresh cooked udon noodles, including seasoning
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2/3 cup reduced fat crumble feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup fresh Thai basil or basil, chiffonade
  • 2 Tb extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tb black sesame seeds
  • For the Glaze

  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced and pureed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1Tb mirin
  • 1/2 Tb low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon grass puree from a tube or finely minced lemon grass

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boiling. In a large bowl, add the refrigerated noodles and ONE packet of mushroom seasoning. Pour boiling water over the noodles to cover and stir gently. Stir occasionally to loosen the noodles and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, vinegars and strawberry puree. Whisk to combine with a wire whisk. Add remaining glaze ingredients. Bring to a low boil, whisking constantly. Reduce to a low simmer, whisking occasionally, until reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
  3. When the glaze is reduced to half cup, remove from heat. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse with cold water. Return to bowl. Combine olive oil, remaining ONE mushroom seasoning packet and black sesame seeds in a small bowl. Pour over cold noodles and toss. Add sliced onions and strawberries, basil chiffonade and crumbled feta. Toss well.
  4. Serve with balsamic glaze on the side for drizzling.

Notes

Makes 4 main dish servings or 6 side dish servings.

*This post was sponsored by JSL Foods, Inc.®. I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce – Golden Girl Granola Recipe Challenge Entry and SECOND PLACE WINNER!!!

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve been slipping off the grid a little and I think I know why. My new schedule of picking up the kids from their grandma’s has cut into my meal brainstorming time.

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I used to drive home from work every night with my thoughts to myself, thinking about dinner and what my next creation would be in the kitchen. You’re probably thinking ,” Well gee, why can’t she think of something on the way TO work when she’s by herself?” Well hello, I’m not exactly hungry for dinner on the way to work. I’m really just half asleep and craving a hot cup of coffee.

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So back to my point – I was driving home from work yesterday and my husband was getting the kids, and a new recipe popped in my head with inspiration from Golden Girl Granola. I had already made a breakfast with this delicious granola, but a dinner sounded challenging, savory, and just plain delicious.

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Golden Girl Granola has given bloggers the opportunity to create an entrée featuring their delicious variety of granolas made from their family business in Massachusetts. Their granola is distributed widely in stores across the New England area. It is all natural and full of flavor. My choice was Chocolate Decadence with luscious chocolate chips, slivered almonds and shaved coconut flesh throughout.

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The rich chocolate and hearty texture of the granola inspired me to make a Spanish mole sauce made with chipotle and peanut butter, onions and garlic. I wanted something to pour the sauce over so I opted to make nontraditional meatballs made of lean ground beef and spicy pork chorizo. I used additional granola to hold the meatballs together and baked them in the oven while I made the sauce. Ladled over hot steamed white rice and sprinkled with fresh cilantro, the sweetness and spices were competitive enough to even tickle my children’s taste buds. My oldest son even served himself seconds.

So without further ado, I give you Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce over Rice, Golden Girl Granola style!!!

UPDATE: I WON SECOND PLACE!!!!

Thank you Golden Girl Granola for the years supply of granola!! I’m so happy you loved my second place recipe!!

Posted by Famished Fish, Finicky Shark on Saturday, September 19, 2015

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Rounding up the ingredients. I used one can of chipotle sauce. Feel free to use two if you like it spicy!

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ready to mix the meat with finely ground granola and spices.

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

26 meatballs easily scooped then rolled with damp hands.

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Making the mole sauce: processing the granola, spices, onion, garlic, chocolate and peanut butter.

Please let me know what you think by commenting below. And be sure to check out Golden Girl Granola for all their tasty options.

*This post was sponsored by Golden Girl Granola. I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce – Golden Girl Granola Recipe Challenge Entry

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 825 calories

Fat 49 g

Carbs 55 g

Protein 40 g

6

Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce – Golden Girl Granola Recipe Challenge Entry

Ingredients

    For the Meatballs

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 12 oz pork chorizo
  • 1/2 cup Golden Girl Granola, Chocolate Decadence, processed finely
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • For the Sweet Mole

  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 Tb canola oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 7.75 oz can medium chipotle sauce
  • four blocks Mexican chocolate
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Golden Girl Granola, Chocolate Decadence
  • 1 Tb chicken bouillon
  • 1-2 cups hot water
  • Serve Over

  • 4 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 6 Tb fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix gently with clean hands until well incorporated. Scoop heaping tablespoon portions onto an ungreased baking sheet. With dampened hands, roll meatballs smoothly. Bake for 20 minutes until browned.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the canola oil over medium heat. Cook the onion until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
  3. In a food processor, process the granola with the chocolate. Add the onion and garlic mixture and the peanut butter and process until combined well.
  4. Pour in the chipotle sauce and add the chicken bouillon. Process again, With the processor running, stream in the hot water until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Add the sweet mole back to the large skillet. Keep warm over low heat. When the meatballs are done, carefully transfer meatballs one by one into sauce. Toss to coat and heat through.
  6. Serve ladled over hot rice, 3/4 cup per serving. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro, 1 Tb per serving.

Notes

Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.