Sadly the holidays are already over. At least for me, cause I’m already back at work! But then I have to deal with the holiday-travel-craziness AGAIN because I’m going out of town for New Years. Girl can’t catch a break.
But seriously DON’T get me started on how seriously angry my tummy is (yep Gertrude has a bit of a temper). Well it’s too late cause I’m gonna tell you.
I totally gave in and ate so many sweets for Christmas. There was this chocolate rugelach that was just indescribably good and we always have to have baumkuchen which is just a German family tradition, so I was munching on that for days. I had to retire early a few nights with my trusty heating pad set to ‘ultra high’ while it was wrapped around my abdomen. Clearly during the holidays you don’t think straight.
So I seriously have to do a little detoxing. And I know everyone says that after the holidays mostly because of fear of weight gain and also to just clear your conscious, but what about giving your stomach a break before you wreck havoc on it again for New Years? Stomachs do a lot of work and sometimes I don’t appreciate mine as much
So ladies and gentlemen let me present to you this fine and delectable dish! This is literally my soul food. It is quite simple yet utterly delicious that it will make you smile, well at least it does for me so that’s proof enough, right? It is one of the dishes on here that I make allllll the time and it’s just so darn easy to make.
I didn’t go too crazy on the photo styling here, cause hey, sometimes when a meal is so simple yet wholesomely delicious, the ingredients just speak for themselves! And plus I just really wanted to share it with you guys! Well, also it gets a little tricky when during the photoshoot, you start to eat the food without hesitation while you are shooting, and then somehow it’s just gone. And you have nothing to photograph anymore. And that happened here, just being frank.
But how were your holidays! And if you don’t celebrate how was the Chinese food!? I am actually quite jealous of my friends who got to have Chinese food… BUT I made my family this lovely gratin (though we have to improvise when of course we couldn’t find anymore Brussel sprouts at the supermarket, duhhh) and I whipped up some other new recipes that I will definitely be sharing on here in the New Year. Stay tuned!
Rice Noodle Salad with Lime Tahini Dressing
makes 4 servings
for the dressing:
1/3 cup tahini
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
8 oz. brown rice noodles
4 cups arugula
1/2 cup diced scallions (green onions)
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
3 bell peppers (red, orange, yellow), julienned
Bring 4-5 quarts water to a boil. Add noodles and boil 4-5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse under cold water.
To make the dressing, combine the tahini, lime juice, honey, garlic and salt in a small bowl and mix until combined. Add in the olive oil and the water and mix until desired consistency.
Assemble the salads into four portions, evenly distributing the ingredients into each bowl. Generously add the lime tahini dressing and serve.