Whole 30 Thai Inspired “Noodle” salad

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veggie “noodles”

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My date paste is trying to escape its container, sorry date paste

Woo hoo! New kitchen gadgets make me so happy! I got my new veggie slicer and have been going crazy with it! I made an awesome “spaghetti” recipe from my friend Laurie and now this veggie noodle salad! Not sure whats up next, but I’m contemplating making sweet potato noodles for something crazy! Anyway, this’ll be quick since I need to wake my sleeping son before it’s too late in the afternoon. So no going on and on about how good this slicer and salad are. Just trust me, they are.

Whole 30 Thai-ish “Noodle” Salad

Yield: 10 Serving of 84 grams (3oz)/serving

Nutrition per serving

Calories 43

Fat 2 g

Sodium 211.2 mg

Carbs 6.2 g

Fiber 1.5 g

Sugars 3.5 g

Protein 1.5 g

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mmmm dressing

 

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smooth dressing

Ingredients

 

Salad

183 g or approx 1-2 medium zucchini julienne/shredded/spiral noodle cut

317 g or approx 1-2 medium yellow squash julienne/shredded/spiral noodle cut

200 g or approx1-2 large carrots julienne/shredded/spiral noodle cut

5 basil leaves chiffonade/minced

¼ cup fresh cilantro minced

 

Dressing

2 cloves garlic minced

2 Tb almond butter

1 oz date paste or 1-2 Tb sweetener of choice

¼ fresh squeezed lime juice

1Tb-1tsp grated fresh ginger (to taste, I like mine gingery!)

1 Tb light coconut milk, or full fat, your choice, I happened to have light today.

1 tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

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My method when I cook: yellow pad and scribble frantically between measurements and weighing

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pretty salad!

I used my new veggie slicer to cut my veggies into noodles and then made a yummy Thai inspired dressing to toss them with! Put your cut veggies into a large bowl and set aside. In a smaller bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients. Drizzle your dressing on top of the veggies and toss everything together. Garnish with the basil and cilantro for a pretty presentation, or just toss it all in together. Tastes great either way! I don’t happen to have any fish sauce, but I’m pretty sure this would be a great recipe to use it in if you happen to have some in your pantry. This dressing would also make a great dipping sauce for some Thai/Vietnamese lettuce wraps. Hmmm that sounds good. Maybe I’ll be having lettuce wraps for dinner!

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Whole 30 Tomato Herb Salad

As of today I am on my 5th day of whole 30. Yay me! I am feeling awesome about it, especially the fact that I have been able to resist eating things from Christians plate that he doesn’t finish! That’s a pretty huge accomplishment for me, really. The reason I have gotten this far with a program that has you cook pretty much 100% of your food is having premade things around. I made Costco run on Tuesday and then cooked my butt off for the next few hours until I had to go to work. I managed to get a lot of food prep done, including this delicious tomato herb salad. I have been using it alone, or as a topping or filling and it’s great however you have it. Even though I am doing Whole 30 and you don’t have to/aren’t supposed to calorie count I am anyway. I really don’t like not knowing how many calories I am eating, and it helps me get an overview of my other nutrition as well. Such as how much fat, carbs and sodium I am getting with my meals. Not eating sweets is a pretty big deal for me since I almost always eat a little something sweet after every meal. EVERY MEAL. And now I can’t even have a smidge of honey or one chocolate chip. This is a pretty intense way to break yourself of a sweet addiction! That being said, I have started to really be able to taste the natural sweetness of other things. Roasted sweet potatoes have been amazing, and even the little tomatoes in this salad have their own sweetness along with the bright acidity. I love that I got to use herbs from my own backyard and can’t wait till my basil is a little bigger and I can use all basil for this salad! If you aren’t doing whole 30 this dish would be so good with the little pearl fresh mozzerella balls in it for a summer cookout. Pair that with a sizzling steak off the grill and don’t forget to lick the plate when you are done.IMG_5184

Tomato Herb Salad

Yield: Makes about 691 g total, and I divided mine into ~49g portions for 14 portions

Nutrition per serving

Calories 26.5

Fat 1 g

Sodium 103.1 mg (I used about ¾ tsp)

Carbs 1.1 g

Fiber 0.4 g

Sugars 0.6 g

Protein 0.4 g

Ingredients

1 bunch Green onions, sliced thinly, white and green parts

1 lb Zima (orangy-yellow grape size) tomatoes, quartered

5 oz red grape (cherub) tomatoes, quartered

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1 TB extra virgin olive oil

kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

fresh herbs of choice minced, mine were basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano from the herbs my momma got me for my birthday!

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and adjust seasonings to taste. I put mine on salad greens with some kalamata olives for a super fast salad. Delicious in a lettuce wrap with grilled chicken, and on top of just about anything. Also great alone as a side dish.IMG_5181