Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + a Cookbook Giveaway!

Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway | Veggie and the Beast

Words can’t even really express how excited I am about this post. I remember the first time I visited Angela Liddon’s beautiful, bountiful blog Oh She Glows – the photography, inventive recipes, and honest writing hooked me immediately. Angela has a unique way of making vegan food approachable and inviting to people of all diets, including the most enthusiastic carnivores (I should know – I live with one!).

Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway | Veggie and the Beast

When Angela’s publishing company offered to send me a copy of her newly-published book, and asked me to give a copy away on my blog, it took everything in me to keep my professionalism and not write back “YES!!! OMG!!!” When the book arrived in the mail, I sat in bed and flipped through each colorful, drool-worthy page. Every couple minutes I’d yell at Ryan in the other room, “Ry, I want to make ALL THE THINGS…Ry, you HAVE to come see this…Ry, do you think Whole Foods is open at 11pm?”

Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway | Veggie and the Beast

To give you an idea of the tastiness within this book, these are the top recipes I can hardly wait to create:

  • Quick & Easy Chana Masala
  • Crowd-Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole
  • Soul-Soothing African Peanut Stew
  • Creamy Vegetable Curry

Today, however, I’m going to share with you the very first recipe I made from the book: Empowered Noodle Bowl. Angela gives two sauce options in the book: Thai peanut and orange miso. In the recipe Angela lists peanut or almond butter in the ingredients. I only had almond butter on hand, and I was intrigued by the idea of Thai almond sauce, so I knew which one I had to try.

Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway | Veggie and the Beast

The carrots, red bell pepper, edamame, and fresh cilantro give the bowl a mix of colors and textures. It’s bursting with flavor even before the sauce comes into play, but I could eat that rich almond butter sauce on everything, everyday. The toasted sesame oil and almond butter give the sauce a rich base, while the lime and tamari (aka gluten-free soy sauce) add some zing.

Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway | Veggie and the Beast

I’ll be giving away one copy of The Oh She Glows Cookbook to one of you very lucky people! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post before 5:00pm CST on Monday, April 7th.

**The contest is now closed. Thank you for commenting!**
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Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Salad | Veggie and the Beast

Despite my love for outdoor dining, I shy away from the large-batch pasta salads that seem to always be part of the menu. I love the idea of a cold pasta salad, but they’re usually drenched in mayonnaise, and I just…can’t do mayonnaise. I don’t know if it’s because it includes raw eggs, or because of the strange jiggly consistency, or maybe a little bit of both (definitely a little bit of both…), but I avoid it at all costs.

Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Salad | Veggie and the Beast

I know many people dislike mayonnaise, but I’m particularly annoying about it. At work lunches I’ve been known to scrape off the inner-most layer of bread from my sandwich and remove any and all pieces of sandwich filling that have been in contact with the white stuff. This usually means that I end up eating bread crusts and a single cucumber for lunch. Worth it.

For my high school graduation party my poor mom had to call caterer after caterer in search of mayo AND meat-free pasta salad options. This reminds me that I probably owe her a 9-year-late apology. Whups.

Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Salad | Veggie and the Beast

Despite the fact that most pasta salads fall on the do-not-touch list because of mayonnaise (or “aioli” if we’re being fancy), I’m often tempted. I like carbs, I like creamy things, I like eating outside, and pasta salad usually involves all those things. Clearly the conclusion here is that I need to just make my own and stop whining.

Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Salad | Veggie and the Beast

sun-dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, tomato paste, Greek yogurt and olive oil blend together to create a thick, creamy, mayo-free sauce that clings the whole wheat shells. The pasta and sauce would be great on their own, but I added some Great Northern beans for protein and texture, red cabbage and onion for some crunch and color, feta for a bit of tang, and some tomatoes to complement the sun-dried tomato dressing. Even if you like those mayo-based salads, you need to give this simple and healthy version a try.
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