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Frozen coconut mango yogurt in a glass cup with spoon sticking out

Frozen Mango Coconut Yogurt

I did not expect that frozen mango coconut yogurt would be the thing that would start me on a joyful path during quarantine. In fact, I did not expect that in July, I would be talking about making ice-cream. Like so many people, 2020 has been nothing like I planned for it to be. I have made peace with that fact. My home has now become a big part of my life. It is no longer the place that I am constantly passing through.

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Close up picture of the vegan soba noodles in a pot

Grab and Go

Vegan Soba Noodle Salad in a pot

Soba noodle is one of those foods that I actually prefer eating cold. Made from buckwheat, soba noodles is amazing because it has a lot more flavor that the regular wheat noodles. This makes it the perfect item to use in a salad that I intend to park for lunch. Making this Vegan Soba Noodles Salad is very easy. It just takes mixing a bunch of vegetables together with dressing.

If there is one tip I can give about this recipe, it is to hold the dressing until you are ready to eat the salad. Don’t get me wrong. The Vegan Soba Noodle Salad is not finicky. It can definitely handle sitting in dressing in the fridge. In fact, I love how the carrots get marinade with the dressing when I mix it in before storing. It is just that the salad lasts longer without the dressing.

By the way, the dressing on this Vegan Soba noodles salad is versatile. I can see myself using this to make a carrot and cilantro salad with cashew nuts on those days when I want something easier. The ginger works so well with the chili flakes to create a very subtle heat that balances all the sweetness in the salad.

The other thing I should is that it is not necessary to use soba noodles in this salad. Find yourself a noodle that you enjoy eating in a salad and use that as a substitute. I can imagine myself making this with glass noodles or even pasta.

Vegan Soba Noodle Salad in a pot with green leaves

Vegan Soba Noodle Salad

The Vegan Soba Noodle Salad should be a meal prep favorite since it lasts long in the refrigerator and has a bold taste.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz Soba Noodles
  • 1 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 4 Sprigs Spring Onion
  • 1 Cup Shredded Carrots
  • 1 Bell Pepper Strips

Dressing

  • 1/8 cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Grated Ginger
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • 2 tbsp toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • Salt

Instructions
 

  • Bring a pot of water to boil and cook soba noodles according to instruction on package. Drain water.
  • Pour all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl except salt. Whisk together. Season with salt to taste.
  • Add in the cooked noodles, cilantro, carrot, spring onions, and pepper strips into the dressing. Toss around until all vegetables are well coated. The Vegan Soba Noodles is ready to serve.
Keyword bell pepper, carrot, cilantro, crystallized ginger, maple syrup, soba noodles, vegan
Golden Turmeric Milk in a transparent glass jar

Winter’s Milky Brew

Golden Turmeric Milk in a transparent glass jar

Like so many Americans, I have only recently discovered the magic of turmeric. In the last few years, turmeric has become a recognized superfood in the Western world because of its anti-inflammatory powers. No wonder a milky brew made of turmeric is called Golden Milk. The Golden Turmeric Milk is one of the pleasures of winter.

I regularly make golden turmeric milk in the winter when it starts to snow. There is something about warming up with a creamy cup of turmeric spice cooked in coconut milk or almond milk. For the recipe below, I have used half almond milk and half coconut milk. The combination of milk makes it extravagant. You can choose to use any kind of milk that taste best to you.

Golden Turmeric Milk in a transparent glass jar

One caveat I feel like I need to add before you try this recipe is the staining capability of turmeric. Turmeric stains everything. I won’t recommend cutting turmeric on white chopping. The yellow hue of the turmeric is stunning, but you don’t want to live with physical memories of golden turmeric milk. I recommend using glassware and metals when making this brew.

PS Don’t be tempted to omit the black pepper! You need a combination of turmeric and black pepper to get the anti-inflammatory effect. Or turmeric and ginger also work well together.

Golden Turmeric Milk in a transparent glass jar

Turmeric Milk/Golden Milk

Sinmi
Turmeric is one of my favorite ingredients in the winter. It is a highly functional food that is anti-inflammatory. This milk is what I reach for on those days when I have shoveled too many inches of snow and I just need something soothing
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz Light Coconut Milk
  • 8 oz Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup Whole Almonds
  • 6 Pieces Tumeric chopped
  • Salt a pinch
  • 1/4 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup optional

Instructions
 

  • In a dark-colored saucepan, bring the almond milk, coconut milk, chopped turmeric, and whole almonds to a boil for about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a blender, then add in the salt, black pepper, and maple syrup before blending.
  • Strain out the husk of almond and turmeric. Then serve!
Keyword golden milk, golden turmeric milk, turmeric, turmeric milk