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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Easy Lime Cake with Whipped Coconut Cream

Easy Vegan Lime Cake with Whipped Coconut Cream | Veggie and the Beast

At some point over the past couple weeks, this winter went from beautiful/sparkly/easy to joke about the frigid cold to good god I gotta get out of here. Like furreal. Like now.

It’s around this time every year that I (and probably most other Minnesotans) begin to lose it. Sure, we’re nice, and we joke about the weather, and tend to avoid complaining out loud, but that’s quite enough now, you know?

Easy Vegan Lime Cake with Whipped Coconut Cream | Veggie and the Beast

Lately I’ve been staring at our 2 patio chairs, angled on our outdoor table like 2 friends huddled around a fire. Except instead of a fire it’s a mix of thick ice and fresh, heavy snow. During the spring/summer/fall we eat dinner, play card games, drink chilled wine, and start our mornings sitting in pajamas and sipping oversized coffee mugs at that patio table. I’m ready for those patio moments again.

Beyond the wretched weather, this winter has been a somewhat turbulent one. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’m ready for that feeling that comes with spring – the one that brings a shift in the day-to-day monotony of grey winter. The one that makes you feel refreshed and ready to make the most of every day. I suppose the ability to walk outside without feeling like you’re getting kicked in the face would be okay, too.

Easy Vegan Lime Cake with Whipped Coconut Cream | Veggie and the Beast

Unfortunately, in Minnesota you just don’t know when spring will spring. Or when it will spring, and then hit you with a blizzard in May. It’s a roll of the dice, really.

While waiting, I’ll pass the time by eating tropical cake. A lazy gal’s tropical cake that’s as no-fuss as possible (cause who wants to do ANYTHING in this weather, amiright?). You’re just a few steps to cake happiness: mix, throw in a 9-inch cake pan, beat coconut cream, then use a spoon to blop it on top of the cake. blop? sure.

Easy Vegan Lime Cake with Whipped Coconut Cream | Veggie and the Beast

The resulting cake is soft, moist, and perfectly sweet with a light lime flavor. It also happens to be vegan, because it’s based off of my birthday cake, and that cake rocked my world.

This was my first experience with coconut whipped cream, and I just might be a changed woman. Smooth, rich, just lightly coconutty, and the perfect complement to the lime cake.

Give yourself a tropical food hug, y’all. You deserve it.
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