Monday, September 26, 2011

Blog-Boost Monday & More!

Good morning and a happy Monday to you all!

After a somewhat busy weekend and trying to catch up on some much-needed rest, I would like to resume my old Blog-Boost series for today, featuring my long-time favorite, MeloMeals. Melody is a vegetarian/vegan chef who specializes in vegan cooked and raw fares, and who is also an excellent photographer. While her blog has taken a new direction as of late, she once had the specific theme for her blog of living vegan on a budget of $3.33 a day! She always posted beautiful, delicious-looking and super-healthy recipes and really helped me to learn the value of buying in bulk whenever possible some time ago. Her recipes always look delicious and healthful, and while not always for the beginner, still turn out amazing and worth your while to make the effort at any one of your favorites. (She posts tantalizing photographs by which to lure the mouth-watering...) So, go check out her blog, MeloMeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day!

And last night, I was in the kitchen trying to come up with something simple, healthful, and delicious but without much effort. So I opened up my raw recipe book and found a recipe that sounded pretty good, then modified it considerably to suit my needs/taste. And now I'll share it with you! **Note: This does not have to be prepared raw, for those of you still a little squeamish about raw dishes. You can lightly saute it in a pan and still have a wonderful array of flavors and aromas-- just don't overcook!** The sweet potato still lends that autumn flavor and texture while the spices and flavors give it an oriental spin!

Asian Sweet Potato Noodles (think a healthy, yummy lo-mein!)

What You'll Need: Spiralizer/Spiral Cutter/Noodle Slicer

2 sweet potatoes, peeled
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/8 c. apple cider vinegar
2 or 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced (more or less to taste)
1/8-1/4 c. nama shoyu (which is like soy sauce but better for you)
dash of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon of ground ginger, or to taste
pinch of sea salt
sesame seeds to desired amount
pinched-off broccoli florets from one large floret, sprinkled into salad

Spiralize the sweet potato into noodles. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Adjust the quanitity of vinegar and nama shoyu and seasonings to taste. And as stated earlier, can be sauteed quickly on stove if desired, or eaten raw. Enjoy!

Hope everyone enjoys that!
And just because my son is so cute... I have to share this as I say for you all to have a wonderful day!

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