Green Cucumber Bowl

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When I’m really stressed, I stop all my healthy habits – going to the gym, drinking lots of water, cooking and eating healthy.  It’s almost like I’m paralyzed.  Not totally sure why I do that.  But sure enough, when large amounts of stress hit, I stop dead in my healthy tracks.  Every healthy habit goes right out the window and in comes unhealthy foods and lots and lots of sleep.

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cucumber noodles, vegetable noodle bowl, noodles, vegetable noodles, vegan, vegetarian

The whole month of January was like 31 days of non stop intense stress.  Yes, a full month of stress.  It was not fun.  Luckily all of that is over!  I can tell my mind and body are slowly relaxing finally.  I’m craving healthy foods and getting back into cooking.  And I’ve even been making regular appearances in the gym.  Bye, bye stress!

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cucumber noodles, vegetable noodle bowl, noodles, vegetable noodles, vegan, vegetarian

To go along with my continued relaxation have been a few veggie packed dinners.  This one was my favorite yet!  A big bowl of cucumber noodles tossed with a peanut sauce and topped with a ton of veggies!  I got a very fun kitchen toy – a spiralizer!  It turns any vegetable into curly fries, ribbons or spaghetti shaped noodles!  I’ve been making zucchini pasta, cucumber noodles and more.  It’s been so much fun and very delicious.  Plus, I feel a lot better eating a bowl of vegetable pasta than regular pasta! cucumber noodles, vegetable noodle bowl, noodles, vegetable noodles, vegan, vegetarian This noodle bowl gets a ton of flavor from my homemade peanut sauce – tangy, nutty and a bit salty.  I love the burst of ginger and garlic mixed wit the nut butter!  It gives so much flavor!  The perfect dressing and sauce for all the steamed vegetables and noodles.  Love, love, love this dish.  And it’s basically a bowl of veggies, so I can justify having seconds for sure.  Definitely give this a try!

Green Cucumber Bowl:
Ingredients:
Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp peanut or almond butter – crunchy
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

Noodle Bowl:

  • 2 English cucumbers or 8 oz soba noodles or angel hair pasta
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups snap peas
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 package tempeh, browned or 8 oz grilled shrimp or chicken
  • 1/2 cup green onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Using a spiralizer or julienne peeler, make long thin noodles out of the cucumbers.  If you do not have access to either of these tools you can use soba noodles or regular angel hair pasta in place of the cucumber noodles.
  3. Quickly blanch the broccoli and snap peas by immersing them in boiling water for 1 minute.  Remove from water and set aside.
  4. Mix the sauce with the cucumber noodles.  Divide noodles into 2-3 dishes.
  5. Top with desired amount of broccoli and snap peas, tempeh/shrimp/chicken, 1/2 the avocado, green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds.

2 Comments

  1. Melissa

    February 5, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I’m so happy you’re cooking again! And back at the gym. Stress is the devil!

    • mewinebrenner

      February 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Yes it is! Here come healthy recipes!!

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