Crisp thai salad w black bean noodles + the wedding week rolls in

Posted by: on jun 19, 2013 | 1 840 Comments

Crisp thai bowl with black bean noodles from @EarthsproutCrisp thai bowl with black bean noodles from @Earthsprout

I made a vow when I was little that I’d live never ever move away from my parents. I also vowed like any other three year old girl to marry my dad. I mean, there would never be a better man, right?! When this week is over I will officially have broken both of those promises (luckily) but still, I am confident that the 3yr old Elenore approves. Fully and absolutely, with great joy and a glimmering heart. How I know? Because that’s how I feel right now. Phew. life is stormy, it’s loving and it blows.me.away.

Naturally the complete trust that those two vows represent got questioned later on and I learned that the only one I am in need of to feel safe is me. However intense this wicked life is, and whichever twists and turns await around the next corner we cannot go from solely relying on family to relying on another loved one. If we stand fully present and with a rocking sense of faith in ourselves then all is well (I’ll put that on a sticker on my forehead to be reminded). It is so easy to lay the responsibility on something/someone outside of ourselves and I have to admit that I do slip, all.the.time. Now I’m sorry for being super nerdy but I am going to compare this to Harry Potter (yup, grew up with the release of those books..). On our own and in ourselves we will forever be the ultimate, whispering wand. Someone else (hello, Fabian!) may lovingly direct us towards a good spell but only we can wave that magical piece of wood and make it all happen.

We will all take trips up and down, here and there. The good and sparkly days as well as the sad and blue ones. For better or for worse.

I guess what I’m saying is this: life is effing stormy and the only rock we can rely on in every single now (how cheesy it may sound) is ourselves. The only one with the magic wand is you! Honey loves, let’s go all in and stand there crazy strong for ourselves. Let’s bring on the self love exclusive party and see where it may lead. The dress code? Fabulous.. and I’m choosing a particular white vintage creation.

Crisp thai bowl with black bean noodles from @Earthsprout

Fun & Fabulous Facts

I have eaten a huge load of noodles in my life. Egg noodles, really white wheat noodles, rice noodles and greasy bowls of noodles on street corners around the world have all graced my lips. Now If I need a noodle fix I’ll go for a more good for me option such as soba- or raw zucchini noodles. Black bean noodles are something that I have long wished to try but failed to get my hands on. No more! Black bean noodles are my new BFF!

We can all agree that legumes are pretty rad, right? ..and that they are an important and glorious part of our diet that provides us with high amounts of protein and fiber (among other things). Well, get this: black beans actually have a specific outstanding combination of protein and fiber that will help steady any process or unbalance currently happening in the digestive track. Not to mention the special support that black beans provide in the lower large intestine where gas is otherwise easily produced when eating beans.

When talking legume-land I should also mention the grand effect of Indigestible Fraction (IF) that all these vegetables give us. In fact, the IF in black beans has been shown to be larger than in chickpeas or lentils! This perfect mix of substances prove to greatly support the bacteria and overall health of our colon, resulting in a lowered risk of colon cancer and other imbalances in this area. Of course black bean noodles are processed but they are still worlds away from any cheap fast food noodle bowl if you ask me.

Crisp thai bowl with black bean noodles from @Earthsprout

Crisp thai summer salad w black bean noodles

Light, fresh and absolutely stunning. This bowl of summer will satisfy your need for a light yet filling summers dish with gorgeous and crisp greens, chili heatwaves and slippery noodles. Since we all just want to soak up all of nature this time of year this meal is also much of a fast food. Healthy, easy, delicate! Yeah!

4 servings
Vegetables
1 bulb of fennel

10 radishes
1 chili
2 cups spinach
2 cups baby rainbow chard
a few pieces of mustard lettuce
1 handful cilantro
1 spring onion

1. Rinse all vegetables, greens and herbs.
2. Thinly slice radishes and fennel by using a mandolin or a really sharp knife.
3. Slice the chili and spring onion into thin rounds and.
4. Prepare a bowl of ice water and put all vegetables (not the cilantro) into the bowl for 5 minutes before arranging the entire salad.

Dressing
2 tbsp tamari

1 tbsp brown rice vinegar
1 glove of garlic
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp himalayan salt (or other good quality salt)

1. Mince the garlic, put in a small bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and stir with a fork.

Noodles
150 g black bean noodles (5,3 ounces)

1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds (to sprinkle over the salad)

1. Cook noodles in boiling water for 5 minutes. Keep a close eye so they do not turn mushy. Rinse under cold water.

Arrange
On a serving plate arrange crisp vegetables, herbs, noodles, dressing and toasted sesame seeds.

Crisp thai bowl with black bean noodles from @Earthsprout

Bring on the music, friends and listen to the soundtrack of you, us, we, all being awesome. Remember, who’s the wand? You´re the wand! tehe..

Ps. Be with us at the wedding on Friday! Celebrate, dance your butts of, eat tons of good food and spread the Earthsprouty  love. We would be honored to have you.

°°Elenore°°

 

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