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Thai Peanut Noodle Salad + Nourish Cookbook Review

Β Disclaimer: Thank you to Whitecap Publishing for providing all participating bloggers a copy of Nourish in order to conduct our reviews! They also provided the book that one of our readers will win (learn more about the contest at the bottom of this blog post).

I received a copy of Nourish, a delightful family cookbook that shows you easy ways of incorporating more nuts, seeds, and beans into your everyday diet. Studies show these foods are packs with nutrients and can lead to a healthier life, but many of us simply don’t eat enough. Who better than a registered dietician and a chef to come together and show us some delicious recipes that make incorporating these ingredients rather easy?

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This cookbook, spoken from the heart of two mother’s, offers recognizable recipes that all members of the family will love. I would certainly recommend this book to those with children, or those who are actively engaged in having a healthy lifestyle. The recipes are well structured, have detailed instructions, and each dish is beautifully photographed.

I will point out what this cookbook is not: it is not full of alternative recipes. In fact, the concept of the book is easy ways to integrate nuts, seeds and beans into your diet. So, most of the recipes are recognizable and easily adaptable to your tastes, making them perfect for families.

I also want to point out that this book is not vegetarian. While they show you lots of ways to add colour and texture, they have a good array of both vegetarian, vegan, and omnivorous recipes.

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This Thai Peanut Noodle Salad is a fantastic way of making a favourite take-out dish into a super healthy, vegetable-packed family favourite. As you’re making it you might think you have way too many vegetables, but it totally works. This recipe is pulled straight from the book, and it was so good I had two helpings!

 

Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

Ingredients:

  • 13 oz (375 g) whole grain linguini pasta
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced (white and pale green parts only)
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 and 1/2 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 3/4 medium red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh chives

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp sodium-reduced tamari (I used soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook linguini according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water. Toss noodles to keep them from sticking together and set aside to drain. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add leeks and sautΓ© for 3-5 minutes or until softened. Add bell peppers and saute for another 3-5 minutes or until soft. Add carrot, edamame and cabbage. Saute for another 3 minutes until all the vegetables are tender-crisp.
  3. Remove from heat and add to drained noodles. Add cilantro and toss to combine.
  4. To make the dressing, in a medium-sized bowl whisk together all the ingredients. Pour over noodle mixture and stir well.
  5. Top with peanuts and chives and toss again.

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And don’t forget to check out the other amazing blog posts about Nourish!
Kelly from Kelly Neil Photography
Tiffany from Eating Niagara
Regina from Leelalicious
Redawna from Nutmeg Disrupted
Gwen from Devour and Conquer
Erin from How to Eat
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Stephanie from Kitchen Frolic
Caroline from Do it All Working Mom
Libby from Libby Roach
Katrina from Kitchen Trials
Laureen from Art and the Kitchen
Emily from Best of this Life
Lauren from Lauren Follett Nutrition
Zannat from Food for Happiness
Sarah from Kiwi and Bean
Charmian from The Messy Baker
Heather from The Tasty Gardener (Thanks Heather for coordinating this!)

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  • I incorporate seeds, nuts, and beans into my recipes by adding seeds and nuts to baking,into smoothies or sprinkle on salads. Beans I add to salads, stews, soups.
  • Oh wow! This salad looks amazing and sounds so so different from any other Thai peanut noodle salads I've made. I love sneaking ground flax seeds or hulled hemp seeds into seedless meals because I usually don't even notice them!
  • Love this Thai salad and love the book! I eat mostly vegetarian (I have fish once in a while), but my husband and family are omnivore so I like that the book has recipes for everyone. And we always incorporate seeds, nuts and beans to our everyday diet.
  • This book looks awesome...I'm into eatting really clean and I enjoy trying new recipes! Thankyou...
  • This looks a lot like a salad I sometimes get from a takeout joint near work... only their version is heavier on the pasta and lighter on the vegetables, so this is clearly a much more superior salad. Bookmarking to make the next time I'm craving some crunchy colourful veggies. (Like, y'know, pretty much every day...)
    PS: This cookbook sounds right up my alley. It's totally going on the must-buy list!