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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Chimichurri Crispy Potatoes

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Is there anything more comforting than roasted potatoes? My recipe for crispy, yet soft on the inside potatoes is savoury and comforting. Add a little chimichurri and you’ll be in crispy potato heaven.

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Chimichurri Crispy Potatoes

Prep Time: 20 minutes          Cooking Time: 1 hour + 15 minutes
Author: Milk & Marigolds     Serves: 4 as a side (easily scalable)

Ingredients:
6 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into approx. 11/2 inch cubes
1/3 cup canola oil
Kosher salt

Chimichurri Ingredients: (yields about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup (packed) fresh parsley (leaves and the thinner stems), chopped
1/2 cup (packed) fresh cilantro (leaves and stems), chopped (or basil if you’re not a cilantro fan)
2 tbsp lemon or lime juice (I used lemon)
2 tbsp white wine vinegar (cider vinegar if you don’t have w.w.v)
1/2 small garlic clove,  very finely grated
1/2 tsp kosher salt (1/4 if using table salt)
1 heaping tsp minced shallot
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
A couple turns of black pepper
Optional: 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes

Suggested Garnish:
Fresh herbs of choice
Spring onion
Chives
Lemon zest
Parmagam cheese (or vegan alternative)

Equipment:
Large cooking pot
2 sheet pans (I used non-stick)
Measuring cup
Food processor (but can be done without one)
Fine grater or microplane grater
Kitchen scissors or sharp knife
Spatula

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Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, the potatoes will need to cook on the middle rack. Cut the potatoes into equal pieces that are approximately 11/2 inch cubes. In a large pot, add water and the peeled/cut potatoes once the water starts to boil. Boil for no more than 10 minutes and then drain well and toss.

2. Divide a 1/3 cup of canola oil between two sheet pans (I used nonstick). Then, equally disperse the drained potatoes so they are well spaced and not crowding one another. Use a fork to scrape the surface of the potatoes so more crispy bits form while cooking in the oven.

3. Once the oven is ready, put both trays in and cook for 35 – 40 minutes. Then, flip the potatoes and use a fork to gently smash them down (this is optional but creates more crunch). Bake for another 20 – 25 minutes. Peek in occasionally. In the meantime, prep the Chimichurri sauce.

4. Wash and throughly drain your produce. Roughly chop your fresh herbs, juice your citrus, mince the shallot and garlic.

5. In a food processor, begin by adding the shallot, garlic, white wine vinegar, juice, salt, black pepper and pepper flakes and pulse a few times. If you don’t have a processor, this can be done by hand, it just means you need to chop everything much more finely and whisk by hand.

6. Then, add in the chopped herbs and pulse a few more times until the ingredients are well dispersed and so that the herbs are more finely chopped. Next, slowly add in the olive oil as you pulse the processor. Set aside. The Chimichurri will keep in the refrigerator for about 4 – 5 days in an airtight jar.

7. Once the potatoes are crispy and ready to serve, lightly pour the Chimichurri over the potatoes and garnish to your liking. Salt and pepper from a height.

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Watercress Soup with Cauliflower & Apple

Watercress is a superfood containing over 18 vitamins and minerals and should be eaten shortly after picking for nutritional benefit. While watercress is bitter in taste, it pairs beautifully in this recipe with puréed cauliflower and apple for a savoury-sweet, balanced flavour. 
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In many ways, springtime is like New Year. Spring can ignite excitement over the opportunity to start over fresh and to make healthy eating choices. This simple, easy to make watercress soup by Milk and Marigolds is spring inspired and full of freshness and flavour.  This recipe is also free of dairy and gluten.

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Watercress Soup with Cauliflower & Apple

Prep Time: 15 minutes                Cooking Time: 40 minutes 
Author: Milk & Marigolds.          Serves: 2 (easily scalable)             

Ingredients 
1 tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, minced
1 cup (225 mL) cauliflower, roughly chopped
3 tsp of stock bullion powder or 1.5 to 2 cubes (preference)
3 cups (680 mL) water
2 1/2 (560 mL ) packed cups of watercress, stems removed
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
ground pepper to taste

Garnish Suggestions
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
drizzle of coconut milk
roasted, crispy cauliflower

Equipment
A blender

Instructions

1.  Begin by removing the stems of the watercress. While the stems are edible, they are quite bitter. Throughly wash and drain the watercress. Set aside and reserve a 1/2 cup worth of raw watercress for garnish (refrigerate until it is needed).

2.   Meanwhile, roughly chop the cauliflower and mince the onion. Then peel, core and roughly chop a Granny Smith apple.

3.   In a medium sized pot, set the heat to medium and then add 1 heaping tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add in the onions and lightly sauté for a couple minutes before adding in the chopped cauliflower and apple. Continue to sauté for 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly browned.

4.   Then add the water, stock cubes/powder and salt to the pot. Cover and bring to a light boil for a couple minutes, then simmer on low (while still covered) for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.  

5.   Meanwhile, chop up the 1/2 cup of watercress for garnish and prepare any other desired garnishes. For more garnish suggestions visit milkandmarigolds.com

6.    Add in the 2 cups of watercress right at the end and blend immediately. Blend until smooth or until desired consistency is achieved. 

7.   Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with chopped watercress. 

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Linguine with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Crispy Bacon & Garlic

inguine with roasted cherry tomatos and bacon

This weeknight-friendly recipe requires few ingredients while being full of flavour. If you can find cherry tomatoes with its vine intact, choose these as they tend to have more flavour and stay fresh longer.

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The “Keep it Flexible” Pesto Bean Salad with Fresh Basil & Radish

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Serve it alone as a salad or on top of thick-sliced crusty bread topped with goat cheese. Don’t have cannelloni beans on hand? Switch them out for any other white bean like butter beans. Basil can also be substituted with any leafy green such as arugula. I like to keep this recipe simple by using store-bought pesto.

This easy to make recipe by Milk & Marigolds is spring inspired and full of freshness and flavour.  Follow my instagram account & recipes at: @milkandmarigolds 

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