Menu of the Week and Gluten-Free Menu Swap: Sesame Peanut Almond Vegetarian Brown Rice Noodle Salad Recipe
Here’s Ra in the background as the DH poses with this week’s one-dish hearty thai brown rice noodle salad. This week the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Hosted by Asparagus Thin with a theme of bitter flavors. I will have to give this some thought… stay tuned to see how her theme inspires me. I also always enjoy posting my menus with Org Junkie. Don’t forget that Cheryl is temporarily housing the Gluten Free Menu Swap at her blog GF Goodness.
Monday Dinner: Chinese
Broccoli Mushroom Stir Fry
Monday Lunch: Indian
Aloo Jeera and Basmati Rice
Vegan Pot Pie
Chebe Thin Crust Pizza
Mother visiting, TBD
This week we have a hearty, one-dish noodle salad packed with protein and nutrition. I made a Sesame Peanut Almond Vegetarian Brown Rice Noodle Salad for dinner that the DH and I just loved based on a gluten recipe from the Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook. Delish!
3 Nut Butter Brown Rice Mild Thai Noodle Salad Recipe
3/4 package of Brown rice gluten-free pasta (trader joe’s or tinkyada)
1 pound firm tofu, pressed and cut into strips
1/2 tbsp peanut oil or more
salt, thai type seasonings of choice (optional)
3/4 cup thinly sliced tops of green onions (add white bulb for bite)
1 cup frozen peas
beet green tops OR spinach, to taste
several carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1/4 to 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
3 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
Sesame Three Nut Dressing
Start pasta boiling and prep tofu and vegetables. Add beet green tops as well as your frozen peas to boiling pasta when there is just two minutes or so left until pasta is al dente. (Follow directions on pasta package). When pasta is done to your liking, strain and rinse pasta and peas and beet tops in cold water.
Meanwhile, saute tofu in oil in nonstick pan, browning on both sides. you can preseason tofu and/or just add salt to each side before browning. If you prefer more heat you can dip them in chili garlic sauce before adding to pan. When brown remove from pan and reserve.
Combine all ingredients for sesame three-nut dressing in a blender.
Throw your pasta in a large bowl with minced fresh cilantro, green onion tops, and 1 tbsp. sesame oil. Fold ingredients together and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you like. Add any extra veggies (carrots) and tofu strips. Pour blended dressing over pasta and mix thoroughly. You can add additional smoked paprika, pepper, or srirachi hot sauce to individual portions to taste. Enjoy!