Thai Purple Pasta

Ever since I stumbled upon black bean noodles, I've been absolutely dying to try them. It's like my life wish, these noodles. Is this normal? Anyways, I finally found some at a health food store in Anchorage along with Beyond Meat (OMG!). I knew exactly what I wanted to make with the both of them. 

When I opened up the noodle package, examining it, I realized they were not in fact my irrationally sought after black bean noodles but instead black rice noodles....whoops. I'm almost ashamed to admit how devastated I was, but alas they turned out to be fantastic.

On purpose, I normally don't buy gluten-free things, so I was surprised to discover that they had a wonderful texture. If you have celiac disease, are gluten-sensitive, or just avoiding the stuff for some reason you give these noodles a try. I think you'll enjoy them. 

Produce On Parade - Thai Purple Pasta - A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed red cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.
Animals never worry about heaven or hell. Neither do I. Maybe that’s why we get along.
— Charles Bukowski

I joined Full Circle a couple weeks ago and received my first box this week. In it was absolutely the most adorable tiny purple pepper, which you'll see in my next post. There was a lot of gorgeous stone fruit, some sturdy kale, and silky chard too (that guy's in the next post as well!) I ordered two bunches of beets because I must have them in excess and a little head of purple cabbage. 

Half of that little purple cabbage, you'll see found it's way into our purple pasta today. Good thing the noodles were already purple I guess! Feel free to use soba noodles in this recipe, I think they'd work beautifully. Black rice noodles probably aren't lingering around your local grocery store, so don't feel bad.

Produce On Parade - Thai Purple Pasta - A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed red cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.
Produce On Parade - Thai Purple Pasta - A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed red cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.
Produce On Parade - Thai Purple Pasta - A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed red cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.
Produce On Parade - Thai Purple Pasta - A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed red cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.
Produce On Parade - Thai Purple Pasta - A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed red cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.
Produce On Parade - Thai Purple Pasta - A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed red cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.

My cilantro has been showing off these sweet and delicate little white flowers now that the autumn leaves are falling and the mornings are windy and chilly. I'll be sad without my little herb garden in the coming month.

Produce On Parade - Thai Purple Pasta - A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed red cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.
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Thai Purple Pasta
A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed purple cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ small purple cabbage head, chopped
  • 12 oz. plant-based meat strips (I used grilled “chicken” strips), thawed and halved
  • 9 oz. black rice noodles (soba work too!), dry
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • -- Sauce --
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. vegan sugar
  • 1/2Tbsp. sweet chili sauce
  • dash of crushed red pepper
  • dash of sesame seeds
Instructions
Bring a large pot of water to boil for the noodles. Once boiling, parboil the noodles according to package but deduct a few minutes. You want the noodles to be a super al dente. Mine only needed three minutes, so place them in the water when prompted below. In a large rimmed frying pan, heat the oil over medium low. Add the garlic and sauté for a few minutes, until fragrant. Add the cabbage and meat strips. Increase the heat to medium and cook for about 8 minutes, until the cabbage becomes wilted and tender and the strips are heated thoroughly.Meanwhile whisk together the sauce ingredients, ensuring that the sugar has mostly dissolved. Place the noodles in the boiling water to cook. Drain when super al dente and add to the frying pan. Next, add in the sauce and stir well to coat. Turn the heat to medium-low for a few minutes, until the noodles have soaked up most of the sauce. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Serve hot and topped with sesame seeds and additional cilantro.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 5
Produce On Parade - Thai Purple Pasta - A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed red cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.
Produce On Parade - Thai Purple Pasta - A beautiful purple pasta with sauteed red cabbage and plant-based meat, laden in a sweet, Thai sauce.

German Word of The Day

Purple --> Violett (vee-o-let)

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Don't take my word for how great being vegan is. Check out Bustle's, The 7 Best Health Perks of A Vegan Lifestyle.

Hearty Miso Soup

This soup is umami, and as a vegan, that can be hard to come by. Produce on Parade: Hearty Miso Soup

Not in the mood to cook? Good, me neither. Don't worry though, I have a pretty darn good solution that doesn't involve much participation. If you're feeling lazy, take comfort in the fact that there's not a lot prep. If an ugly day reared it's head, a little chopping can be cathartic...so that's good news.

I have more good news. Eat soy. Especially if you have the sex chromosomes XX. There's a lot of misconceptions about soy...and starring in life as a mammographer, I know a lot about breasts and I know a lot about soy. People, soy is good for you. Try to consume it in a whole foods form though, don't be a junk food vegan. That's no bueno.

Produce on Parade: Hearty Miso SoupJust check out some of these sweet benefits of soy:

"Soy products, an affordable investment in your health, are now included in the USDA dietary guidelines. Studies also increasingly show that the phytoestrogens and antioxidant power of the phytonutrients in soy can be effective in protecting against cancer and diseases like emphysema (COPD). Soy is the #1 source of isoflavones and may provide protection against breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Consuming soy-based products has been shown to suppress the fat storage mechanism and to prevent increases in abdominal fat. Soymilk, though, like cow’s milk, may interfere with the benefits of tea such as chai. But as long as it’s shaken, it can provide the same amount of calcium as cow’s milk. Phytoestrogen intake through soy consumption in menopausal adult women may help to reduce hot flashes, while for young girls it is effective may help delay the onset of premature menarche and puberty. Since soy products such as tofu, tempeh, and edamame appear to help lower cholesterol (though not as much as other beans), a soy-based Atkins diet is not dangerous like a meat based one is (though the tofu should not be made with formaldehyde). Another benefit is that bacon derived from soy does not appear to emit carcinogens when cooked, unlike bacon derived from pigs." - Source: nutritionfacts.org

If you happen to be a self-enriching type of person (I hope you are) and wish to educate yourself more on soy and/or breast cancer check out these links.

Hearty Miso Soup

Inspired by Pickles & Honey

Serves 4 to 6

  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 carrots, matchstick chopped
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 15oz block of firm tofu, drained and chopped into small squares
  • 1/3 cup miso paste
  • 3 nori seaweed sheets, chopped into small squares
  • 3 to 5 oz rice noodles, uncooked

In a large saucepan bring vegetable stock and water to a boil. Meanwhile, chop vegetables, tofu and seaweed.

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Add the vegetables only, as soon as they are all chopped. Once the stock and water comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer with the veggies for about 5 minutes.

Produce on Parade: Hearty Miso SoupNext, add the tofu and cook for about 3 additional minutes. Remove the pot from heat and add the miso paste and stir until combined. Now, add the seaweed and rice noodles. Ensure that all the noodles and seaweed are submerged and let them soak for about 10 minutes.

Done! There, you've made a delicious, healthy, quick meal and you're helping to prevent breast cancer! This is no excuse for not performing self exams or not having an annual mammogram...I'm talking to you, ladies over 40! Save those ta-tas and eat that soy!

Disclaimer: Ladies, I'm not a doctor okay, so do what your doctor tells you. Your provider is the boss!