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Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad

Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad with spiralized zucchini and carrots, bok choy, purple cabbage, red bell pepper, green onions, and a lime vinaigrette

My recipe is inspired by this one by Jenn Segal of Once Upon a Chef. Jenn’s quinoa version of this salad is delicious, but since I mostly eat a grain-free diet these days, I decided to break out the spiralizer and make zucchini noodles. My friend Bee gave me her Paderno spiralizer when she upgraded to a new model, but I’ve also used the low-tech Vegetti with good results. You can also cut your zucchini into thin strips using a mandoline slicer or a good old vegetable peeler.

This salad is filling on its own, but you could also add a protein. Tofu, shrimp, chicken, thin slices of beef, or even lightly battered fish would all work.

Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad

 Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, spiralized or cut into thin strips
  • 2 carrots, peeled and spiralized or grated
  • 2 baby bok choy, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, finely sliced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mint, chopped

 Dressing:

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from 3-4 limes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or sugar of your choice)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons fish sauce (or coconut aminos to make this salad vegan)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together until sugar is dissolved and set aside.

Put the vegetables and herbs in a large serving bowl. Pour dressing over salad and toss well. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serves 4-6.

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Smoked Salmon & Summer Berry Salad

Smoked Salmon and Summer Berry Salad

As I often say to my son: Life is a series of transitions.

This time last year I celebrated a major milestone. I had exercised at least five times a week for 52 consecutive weeks. I was in perhaps the best shape of my life, and I immediately committed to another year of fitness and health.

Halfway through my personal challenge, my dad passed away.

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What’s On My Phone Wednesdays: Lamb, Beets, Full Tilt Ice Cream, and Lots of Chocolate

While celebrating my friend Mike’s birthday at Vessel, I ordered the Lamb French Dip sandwich. Tender, braised lamb is cut paper thin and topped with pickled shallots. And the au jus! I could drink that alone. My friend Katy enviously eyed my meal but is allergic to wheat. The good folks at Vessel kindly created a deconstructed sandwich for Katy with no bread, apple butter and horseradish condiments on the side, and a bigger side salad. It was an elegant solution and much appreciated.

Lamb French Dip Sandiwch at Vessel in Seattle

During a visit to Kingston, Washington, I had dinner at the Main Street Alehouse, which was offering the “Heart Beet Salad” that night. I love hearts of palm and beets so I ordered the salad despite its ridiculous name (or perhaps because of it?)

Main Street Alehouse Menu

Unfortunately, a blanket of bland shredded mozzarella obliterated all of the salad’s ingredients, including a nicely balanced honey mustard dressing.

Main Street Alehouse salad with hearts of palm, beets, romaine, shredded mozzarella and honey mustard dressing

If you see me doing a happy dance in the aisle of my local Red Apple grocery store, it’s because I just discovered that it now carries Full Tilt Ice Cream. I used to live within walking distance of the original Full Tilt, and I have missed its friendly vibe and ice cream flavors inspired by the incredibly diverse community in the White Center neighborhood. While I haven’t had much ice cream lately since I’ve been on a raw, vegan and gluten-free cleanse, it’s nice to know that once again, Full Tilt is nearby.

Full Tilt Ice Cream available at Red Apple grocery store

Another favorite sweet snack of mine—Pocky—can now be bought in bulk at Costco. Pocky is a thin biscuit stick dipped in chocolate. Beyond owners of Asian grocery stores, who is buying (and consuming) this much Pocky?!

Asian snack Pocky, a thin biscuit stick dipped in chocolate

 

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