Carrot Noodles with Peanut Chili Sauce & Crispy Tofu

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Carrot noodles served with crispy golden brown tofu makes for a perfect summer meal while upping your veggie intake. I recommend investing in a spiralizer if you are looking to make your own vegetable noodles. Pressed for time? Most grocery stores conveniently sell fresh or frozen spiralled noodles.

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Carrot Noodles with Peanut Chili Sauce & Crispy Tofu

Prep Time: 30 minutes            Total Time (including marinade): 1 hour + 15 minutes 
Author: Milk & Marigolds.      Serves: 2 large or 3 small

Noodle Sauce Ingredients:
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
2 tsp chilli garlic sauce (I used the brand: Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce)
1 tsp of minced ginger root
(2 limes) 2 tbsp of lime juice, reserve the remainder of the lime for wedges
1/3 cup water

Tofu Marinade Ingredients:
400 g extra firm tofu (vacuum-sealed without water if available), cubed
4 tbsp tamari (g-free soy sauce)
3 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water

Salad Ingredients:
5-6  (2 lb (900 g) large carrots, thinly spiralized
2 scallions, sliced thinly on a diagonal  
1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro (stems and leaves)

Garnish Suggestions:
crushed peanuts or cashews
lime zest
cilantro or thai basil
roasted sesame seeds
chillies or red Thai peppers

Equipment:
A spiralizer (or store-bought spiralized noodles)
Whisk
Container to hold tofu marinade
Measuring cup
Zester or microplane 
Large non-stick frying pan
Tongs or two wooden spoons

1.Begin by prepping your tofu and any other protein of choice. The tofu should be marinated for at least an hour. Cut the tofu into about 1 inch or smaller cubes. Whisk the marinade ingredients together and combine with the tofu in a container that allows the tofu to be submerged as much as possible.

2.In the meantime, wash and prep your produce. Sprialize the carrots or buy them spiralized if available. Then, thinly slice the scallions on a diagonal, mince the ginger root, zest half of the lime while reserving the other half for wedges. Juice the zested lime (you need 2 tbsp amount) and prep any desired garnishes. Set prepped ingredients aside.

3.Next, prepare the sauce for the carrot noodles. Combine all of the ingredients listed above under “Noodle Sauce”. Whisk until smooth. This sauce will yield more than enough and can be kept in the fridge for up to a week for any leftovers. Set aside.

4.Once the tofu is ready, remove it from the marinade and prepare a large frying pan by setting it to a medium heat. Place a tablespoon or more of oil (I used canola). Once hot, add the tofu and cook for about 4 – 5 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy. Once the tofu is cooked, add the spiralled carrots to the pan and sauté for just a couple minutes to just slightly soften the carrot noodles. 

5.Then pour over some (not all) of the noodle sauce and gently combine. Add sliced scallions, freshly chopped herbs and garnishes. Enjoy warm or cold. Add more sauce as needed.  

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Simple Pea Pesto

This simple pea pesto pairs beautifully with pasta, is delicious on sandwiches and is great as a pizza sauce base. Frozen peas are a versatile ingredient and contain about 8 grams of protein per cup.

I served this pesto on pasta as I am a pasta lover. My go to brand for gluten-free pasta is @Catellipasta because it tastes just as delicious and flavourful as the real thing.

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Simple Pea Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes     Author: Milk & Marigolds.
Serves: 4 with pasta (easily scalable)

Ingredients:
Catelli Gluten-Free Spaghetti
1 cup peas (I used frozen)
1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil
2 tbsp lime or lemon juice (I used lime)
1/2 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp water
A couple turns of black pepper
Optional: 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes

Suggested Garnish:
Basil leaves
Parmesan cheese (or vegan alternative)

Equipment:
Measuring cup
Food processor
Fine grater or microplane grater
Kitchen scissors or sharp knife
Spatula

Instructions:
1. Cook the peas (I cook them for 3 minutes in the microwave) and then rinse the peas under cold water. Salt a large pot of water if preparing pasta.

2. Meanwhile, get out your food processor and a fine grater or microplane grater. If you have neither, cut up half a small clove of garlic and mince it as finely as you can.

3. Once the peas have cooled, add them to the food processor along with the grated garlic, salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Do not add the basil, lime/lemon juice, water or the oil as of yet. Pulse until the peas are chopped but still have some texture to them. Use a spatula to scrap the sides of the processor to help evenly distribute the ingredients.

4. Then add in the lime/lemon juice and water and pulse a few more times.

5. Set aside a couple of basil leaves for garish. Roll the remaining basil leaves together and use kitchen scissors to cut the basil up into small pieces directly into the food processor. Pulse a few more times and then slowly add in a little of the olive oil at a time in-between pulses. Pulse until you’ve achieved a desired consistency. I personally prefer mine almost smooth.

6. Use your spatula to scrap out the pesto into a jar or container or use it right away. Mix the pea pesto with pasta, spread it on crusty bread, on a sandwich or use it as a pizza base. Garnish, and salt and pepper from a height.

Note: This pesto contains no dairy, so it freezes well.

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Salmon Ceviche Sushi Bowl with San J Tamari

Whether you like it raw, well done or something in-between, this recipe is adaptable to your personal taste. Simply add or edit the toppings to make yourself the perfect bowl. I have included a recipe for sushi rice and for salmon ceviche but feel free to grill it, bake it, eat it as is or use a protein alternative.

Salmon Ceviche Sushi Bowl

Ceviche is a prepared combination of citrus, salt and chillies. I also like to add a little San J Tamari. These ingredients are used to cure and ‘cook’ the raw fish without using any heat. The longer you let the fish sit in this acidic dressing, the more cooked it will become. Just let the refrigerator and acid do all the work.

I recommend using frozen salmon and a glass bowl or glass Tupperware to cure the fish in. Avoid using metal bowls as it may leave a metallic taste.

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Salmon Ceviche Sushi Bowl

Prep Time: 40 minutes       Waiting Time: 2 + hours/overnight (depending on preference)    Author: Milk & Marigolds    Serves: 2 large (easily scalable)

Rice:
1 cup sushi rice
1 1/2 cups water
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp white granulated sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt (use half if using table salt)

(Optional) Ceviche:
400 g (short of 1 pound) frozen salmon (deboned & skin removed), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 cup lime juice (2 -3 limes)
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 -2 lemons)
zest from one lime
1/2 teaspoon San J Tamari
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
sprinkle of cayenne

Bowl Ingredients: 
1 avocado, sliced
2 baby cucumbers, sliced based on preference
3/4 cup frozen edamame, steamed
1 carrot, grated
2 radishes, thinly sliced 
1 sheet of roasted seaweed (Nori)
1 tsp roasted sesame seeds
pickled ginger 
San J Tamari (g-free soy sauce) for dipping

Spicy Mayo:
3 tbsp mayo
Sriracha (amount depends on preference. I used 1/2 tbsp)

Equipment:
measuring cup
A large glass bowl or a large glass Tupperware container 
mandolin or a sharp knife
cutting board
fine grater/zester or microplane
fine-mesh strainer for rinsing rice
measuring cup
wooden spoon 
whisk

Instructions:

* * *If you plan to cook your fish or use another protein altogether, then skip steps 1-3 and prepare the rice first * * *

1.Begin by preparing the ceviche. Take your fish out of the freezer and allow it to defrost. If you like your fish medium/rare, then I recommend leaving the fish in the acid bath for about 2 hours. Prefer it well done? Then allow the fish to ‘cook’ in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Into a glass tupperware or glass bowl, zest one lime. Then juice your lemon and limes, San J Tamari, add the salt, cayenne and the thinly-sliced red onion. Mix the ingredients well.

3. Cut the salmon into 1/2 inch (or smaller) cubes. The smaller the cubes, the faster the salmon will cure. Add the salmon into the acid bath and combine. Try to cover all of the fish with the acidic liquid. Cover and place the ceviche in the refrigerator for 1 hour and then mix well again. In the meantime, prepare the rice.

4. Prepare the rice by first rinsing it if time allows. Rinse the rice with cold water and then allow it to drain for 30 minutes before cooking. While the rice is cooking (follow manufacturer’s instructions), whisk the rice vinegar, salt and sugar together and pour it over the rice once it has cooled down a bit. Gently fold the rice with a large wooden spoon a few times to evenly distribute the vinegar mixture. The rice can be covered with a clean kitchen cloth and kept on the counter until you are ready to serve it.

5. While waiting for the rice to cool to room temperature, prepare your bowl toppings. Cook the edamame for a few minutes (I usually steam it for 3-4 minutes in the microwave). Grate the carrot, cut up the seaweed sheets (Nori) into small bite-sized pieces, and prepare your spicy mayo. All these ingredients can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge until you are ready to eat. I recommend waiting to slice the cucumber and avocado until you are ready to serve the meal.

6. Once your ceviche or alternative protein is ready, arrange all desired ingredients on top of the rice. Discard any of the left over ‘acid’ liquid. Garnish the toppings with sesame seeds and enjoy!

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