Nourishing Noodles & Recipe for Carrot & Beet Noodles with Ginger Sesame Dressing

If you managed to get your hands on this month’s Vegan Life Magazine, you will have seen some stunning shots of noodle and smoothie bowls from Chris Anca’s recent publication Nourishing Noodles. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this book from the publisher and I’ve been spiralizing like crazy ever since.

You may know Chris from her fabulous blog Tales from a Kitchen. Her newly released recipe book contains nearly 100 plant-based recipes featuring spiralized vegetables and fruit. The seven recipe chapters cover breakfasts, appetisers, snacks, soups, entrees*, desserts, condiments, toppings and more. So, if you’re looking for some spiralizing inspiration, this is definitely a book to check out.

Nourishing Noodles

Not only is it full of creative recipes, but Nourishing Noodles is a beautiful, high quality print. It is one of those cookbooks that feels great to hold and has thick, coated pages (so perfect for kitchen use). The book has stunning photography throughout and the quality of the print really brings the photos to life.

Nourishing Noodles

One of the first recipes that grabbed my attention as I flicked through the book was the Thai-Inspired Carrot Noodles with Ginger-Lime Coconut Dressing. This happened to be one of the recipes featured in this month’s Vegan Life, so I’m guessing it grabbed their attention too!

Nourishing Noodles

This recipe uses ingredients that are kitchen staples for me and the recipe looked really straightforward, so I couldn’t wait to try it out.

The first time I made it, my bowl looked very different from the picture in the book as I used orange carrots and the author uses yellow and purple carrots. As you can imagine, my bowl was less purple and more vivid orange! I then had a light bulb moment and realised that I could attain the purple colouring by adding in a beetroot. That did the trick!

One thing I’d recommend though when spiralizing beetroot is to wear gloves, otherwise you’ll end up with bright purple hands!

Spiralized Beetroot

All the ingredients for the ginger-lime dressing simply get whizzed together in a blender. I’m not sure whether you’d need to grate the ginger first if you’re using a regular blender. I used my Froothie power blender and I threw in the ginger whole. Within a few seconds, all the ingredients were blended into a smooth, creamy sauce.

Ginger Sesame Coconut Sauce

This sauce is incredibly tasty! I’ve made it multiple times and can imagine it becoming one of our ‘go to’ noodle sauces. The original recipe only calls for ½ cup coconut milk but I use a whole can and make a bigger batch (enough to serve 4 people). Then, to thicken the sauce and make it extra creamy, I add in ½ cup raw cashews.

Ginger Sesame Coconut Sauce

Though not shown in the photo below (as I’d run out on photo shoot day!) I usually add in a handful of curly kale into the bowl. I first massage the kale with a little oil to soften it, then stir it into the sauce. Lil’ L isn’t that keen on raw kale, but soaked in this sauce he’ll happily eat it all up.

Spiralized Carrot & Beetroot in Ginger Sesame Coconut Sauce

 

* I think that ‘Entrées’ are what we call ‘Mains’ or ‘Dinners’ here in the UK. It’s a little confusing as we use the term Entrée for ‘Starters’ (ie. the dish we serve before a main course)! Does anyone know why main dinners are called Entrées in North America? I’d love to know!

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6 Responses to Nourishing Noodles & Recipe for Carrot & Beet Noodles with Ginger Sesame Dressing

  1. So happy you’re enjoying the book! And thank you for the wonderful words xx

    • It’s an amazing book Chris. Such creative recipes, beautiful photography & high quality print. I hope you’re very proud of yourself. You should be! xx

  2. It sounds a lovely book to read and hold. The dressing sounds fantastic and it’s reminding me that I really need to use my spiralizer more often. I’ve never used it for beetroot – does it dye the spiralizer?
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    • I’ve just whipped out my spiralizer to check and no, the beetroot hasn’t stained it! It’s still nice and white 😀
      Now the weather’s cooling off, I’m craving warmer foods so I think I’ll try stir- frying some spiralised noodles. Maybe butternut squash? That should be the perfect shape for spiralising x

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