Some Hits & Misses
October 4, 2008, 11:56 pm
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Today marked Day 1 of the recent “cleanse”.  This one, just to remind you all, involves 2 weeks of a vegan diet, no caffeine and no booze.  Sheesh.  What’s a girl to live on!?

Other than the cymbols ringing in my head all day from last night’s hoopla, it was a pretty easy Day 1. 

Here are a couple of hits and misses from my day:

First up is Earth Balance “natural buttery spread”.  Now, I’m a big fan of buttered toast in the a.m., and although, in my opinion, this stuff is not exactly “buttery”, it serves the purpose.  Tomorrow I think I’ll add a little grape jelly to lighten the “buttery goodness” of it all….

Now, this may not look fantastic, but it’s really good.  Not only was this a hit with D.Jones and I, but Cooper tore it up, too.  Well, except for the edamame.  I couldn’t get that past him.  But this was our first entirely vegan family dinner where I didn’t cook something separately for Doug and Coops and it worked out!

It was easy too.  Here it is if you wanna give it a shot:

Peanut Noodles

  8 oz. soba or udon noodles

1 cup frozen shelled edamame

    1/4 cup warm water
    4 tablespoons smooth, natural-style peanut butter
    3 tablespoons tanari (or regular soy sauce)
    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    1 to 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
    1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
    1 tablespoon rice vinegar
    2 teaspoon sugar
    2 dashes cayenne pepper

 In small pot, boil water and add shelled edamame.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes.  Strain in a colander and set aside.  (you could also use frozen peas for this, but D.jones said that sounded gross, or any other veggies you like.  Shredded carrot perhaps?)  

I used Soba noodles for the added nutrient value, but you could use regular spaghetti, too.   Boil noodles in salted water until tender.  For Soba noodles, you’ll then need to rinse them in cool water in a colander.

Whisk together water, peanut butter, tamari, ginger, garlic, vinegar, cayenne, oil and sugar.  I used a fork which got it quite smooth.  If you wanted to, you could use a food pro.

Next just toss noodles and sauce in a large bowl and add shelled edamame.   Serve at room temp or chill and eat as a peanut noodle salad.

Lastly, since I can’t have the beverages that I live on, ie; Diet Coke, coffee, wine…blah blah blah…I broke down and bought natural ginger ale at Whole Foods.  Um..not a good substitute.  <shudder>  Ick.


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