Any meal that is ready in under twenty minutes and bursts with fresh and robust flavours has to make it to your back pocket recipe archive, doesn’t it? Back pocket recipes are those tried and tested favourites that are super quick to put together and so delicious you emerge looking like a time management god. These 15-Minute Peanut Noodles from Sam Turnbull’s Fuss-Free Vegan – 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favourites, Veganized are going straight in the back pocket.
I am a cookbook hoarder; I can’t help it. While I love trawling the Internet for inspiration, there is nothing like curling up with a good cookbook. I love feeling the different paper stocks under my fingertips and heaven forbid, dog-earing the pages I like best for future cooking experiments (yes, I dog-ear). Cookbooks are my guilty pleasure but sometimes, like today, I am able to imbibe guilt-free. Today I get to review a cookbook.
The very lovely people at Random House sent me a copy of Sam Turnball’s Fuss-Free Vegan – 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favourites, Veganized. If cookbooks have a personality then this one is fun, cheeky and a little irreverent. From Sam’s personally designed font to the bright, crisp images Fuss-Free Vegan is clean, simple and well…fuss-free. Turning its back on food trends, us vegans love us a food trend, Sam’s recipes are deliciously easy and practical; perfect for newby vegans but also anyone that just wants to eat real food, really simply. The first recipe I tried was the Very Yummy Heart of Palm Cakes because heart of palm is one of my favourite ingredients to cook with. I have my own heart of palm cake recipe, more fish cake than this one, but wanted to try Sam’s to mix it up a little. The cakes are delicious with just the right amount of mustard, smoke and sweetness. I love a good start!
This week I made Sam’s 15-Minute Peanut Noodles and they are the perfect vegan grab and go meal. If you don’t love peanut butter, I’ll see you next post because these noodles are peanut-buttery yum with a side of crunchy peanuts. Lime, coriander, fresh pepper, onions and soft noodles combine in a flavour-packed, peanut mouthful. Like all of Sam’s recipes these noodles are simple and clean with easily accessible ingredients. You won’t have to order strange grains or rare cacti to create any dishes in this book making it a perfect go-to resource.
Recipe excerpted from Fuss Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized. Copyright © 2017 Samantha Turnbull. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
Sam Turnball's 15-Minute Peanut Noodles
Sam Turnbull's 15-Minute Peanut Noodles are ready in under twenty and full of fresh and full-bodied flavours.
For the Peanut Sauce
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 gloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice (1 lime)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave
- 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 teaspoons of your favourite hot sauce (optional)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
For the Noodles
- 6 oz (170 grams) of vegan chow mien or rice noodles
- 1 red bell pepper (capsicum), chopped
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped in to matchsticks
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup peanuts (salted, roasted or raw)
- Handful of cilantro (coriander), chopped
- For the peanut sauce, in a small bowl, stir the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
- Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain, and return them to the saucepan. Add the peanut sauce, carrots and bell pepper and toss well to combine.
- Garnish with the green onions, peanuts and cilantro and add more hot sauce if you like.
Sam's dish is super versatile and would also work with chopped cucumber, tofu, finely sliced cabbage, cooked edamame beans, basil or snow peas.