Ginger Citrus Soba & Snow Peas

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I realize I posted soba noodles only a few weeks ago, but I’m back with more. This time, they’re stir fried in a sweet, tangy orange-ginger soy sauce with some crunchy snow peas and edamame.

While that one was best served cold, this one is best piping hot. And aside from the tedious task of cleaning the snow peas, this comes together rather quickly.

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Sweet Potato Surprise

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I first made this months ago with the very first of the butternut squashes of the season. I had decided ahead of time that it would be a “non-photo” night since casseroles are not the easiest subject matter. Of course, after we made it, I was regretting not having the camera out because it tasted way too good not to share.

For the second go-around, I made it with sweet potatoes only because that had a better ring than “butternut squash surprise.”

If you’re vegan, this will taste like a baked mac and cheese. If you’re not vegan, it will just taste awesome and you won’t really believe it’s vegan (surprise). Or if you use gluten free bread crumbs on top instead of panko, it’s gluten free (double surprise).

Edamame Dumplings

Somehow we ended up with a lot of photos for this one… so with that, I’m going to keep the words short. Our countdown continues… just 2 days until our trip and many many errands left to go. Thanks to everyone who left such thoughtful comments and suggestions the other day, it’s been such a huge help.

This recipe was the first one I bookmarked in the Sprouted Kitchen cookbook. I realize we’ve already posted about their beautiful book before… Funny thing is that I actually made this with no intentions of photographing it… but then it was just looking so pretty… and then of course it tasted too good not to share.

I took some liberties here… Sara makes an aromatic lemongrass broth to serve these in… I took a lazy shortcut but added some extra ingredients to the filling itself. She uses sour cream to bind the filling together. To make mine a non-dairy version, I used miso and tahini instead. I blended, tasted and decided some garlic and ginger would be nice. And then I couldn’t help but squeeze just a bit of lemon juice in.

I steamed these in a little store-bought veggie broth. To serve, I poured just a bit of the steaming broth over the top, drizzled some sesame oil and sprinkled some sesame seeds.

These taste like an asian version of ravioli. The filling is creamy and almost cheese-like. And by using pre-made wonton wrappers, this whole thing comes together pretty fast… totally a keeper for us.

Zucchini Noodles & Avocado-Miso

I was on a raw (well raw-ish) kick last week. Lately, I’ve been trying to eat lighter, and a bit healthier… less heavy starches, that sort of thing. I’ve been feeling really low-energy, so I’m trying to eat more veggie-focussed meals, and incorporate healing foods like miso and hemp seed and ginger.

I love zucchini noodles because they really trick the senses and make you feel like you’re eating more than a bowl full of raw vegetables. Don’t get me wrong – they’re not pasta, but they have a nice tender bite that I find to be reminiscent of an al dente noodle.

Because they’re on the lighter side, I prefer them with a with a really saucy sauce. They’d be great with a chunky tomato sauce or a light cream sauce, but I went for this cooling avocado miso sauce. I added ginger, cumin and cayenne to add a flavor punch.

I paired all this healthy-ness with a nice chilled glass of rose.

Grilled Veggie Sandwich

So this isn’t really a new recipe, but I just couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this sandwich the day after we grilled these veggies with romesco sauce. They were just as good (maybe better) the next day.

Jack has to work this afternoon so I’m thinking of attempting to make that lemon-thyme cake that was on my mind the other day. I’m not much of a baker, so we’ll see how it goes… (no promises of it being photo-worthy). If you have a recipe or a suggestion, please let me know! So far I’m thinking olive oil cake.

I want to get out and see To Rome with Love… and I’m sure I’ll be sad that I’m not on my way To Rome in real life.

I wish my dogs loved each other like this. Jack suggests we can photoshop them together.

I’ve probably been living under a rock, but I’m just now on a Kombucha kick… and I’m experimenting with cocktails like these.

Happy weekend & stay cool (it sure is going to be 103 degrees here – yikes!).