Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish

Deconstructed is Still Delicious

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One of my good college friends works near a bar that she and her coworkers frequent on Thursdays and Fridays. The drinks and food aren’t that special, but they’re always in great company. (It’s the place I met my future Southie roomies!) Meeting with Steph and Ali on more than one occasion, we’ll order lettuce wraps to accompany our spirits. Seemingly simple, I decided to try my hand at making them. Instead of wraps, I deconstructed them to make transport and eating easier. The fresh ginger is brightly fresh with a sharp bite, while the edamame and water chestnuts add crunch and texture to Deconstructed Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, Vegan, Vegetarian

Stir It Up with Veggie Stir Fry

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I haven’t made a stir fry in a long time, and this Vegetable Cashew Stir Fry sure didn’t disappoint. Obviously I found this on Pinterest, but I really liked the idea of serving this over rice noodles instead of rice. I have so many rice noodles left over and begging to be used after making the No Fish Sauce Pad Thai and Pho Soup. To make it easy, I used vegetables already cut and combined from Whole Foods and added red pepper, edamame and cashews to the mix. You can easy opt out of a Meatless Monday dish and add in beef, chicken or shrimp; tofu would even work well here — keep it meatless! You’d be amazed at how quickly this came together and how easy it is to have fresh stir fry for dinner.

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Local Finds, Salad, Side, Vegan, Vegetarian

Dangerously Delicious Daikon & Carrot Salad

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This Daikon & Carrot Salad is soooooo easy. Did I mention how simple this was? My dad and I decided to try this restaurant in Portland, ME on a whim for lunch — Pai Men Miyake. With my parents and family friends, we celebrated the end of the summer at the more upscale version of Miyake. Both have Japanese roots with French influences and use ingredients from both their own and local farms. My dad and I split this salad, and oh man — it was a race to the finish. The daikon and carrots were extremely fresh, crisp and crunchy. Daikon, as I have now discovered, is a member of the radish family and loaded with vitamin C and potassium. Another perfect addition to add to your sickness-fighting repertoire. Tossed in a Spicy Sesame Dressing, this Daikon & Carrot Salad will be sure to grace your table again and again.

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up

Nothing Fishy About This Pad Thai

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I really like Pad Thai. There’s just something about fish sauce I can’t quite stomach, so that’s why I tried this No Fish Sauce Veggie & Chicken Pad Thai. If a dish is prepared for me with it, no problem. If I have to use it, I just can’t do it. Although the fish sauce does add that tanginess and a richer flavor to Thai dishes, I’d rather omit it. I kept the tanginess and acidity by adding soy sauce. For this vegan/vegetarian Pad Thai sauce, keep the whole dish meatless by substituting the chicken and egg for tofu as your protein, but either way, it’s gluten-free! I added more veggies than the traditional dish and kept it 50/50 with rice noodles and zoodles. The bean sprouts and chopped peanuts add a contrasting crunch to the soft noodles, while the cilantro contributes a whole new level of freshness. Toss in shredded carrots, snap peas and bean sprouts and this dish is packed with a little something extra.

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Appetizer, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Side, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Simplified Veggie Rolls

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After trying Giada’s version of fresh spring rolls with the spicy chili Greek yogurt sauce this summer, here’s a much, much easier version: Veggie Spring Rolls with Sriracha Soy Sauce. Simple ingredients assembled in a fresh way. No complicated sauce or cooking soba noodles — just vegetables you have on hand paired with sriracha and soy sauce. When I want a veggie fix without a salad, these fresh spring rolls become option number two. Perfect for your next holiday party, get-together or perhaps even football showing (you need to balance out or substitute the chips and wings somehow, right?). The Veggie Spring Rolls somehow manage to be both extravagant and simple, but most importantly, always colorfully delicious.

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