I have developed a wonderful summer cold. I am feeling completely miserable.
That aside, I knew I had to have something healthy for lunch, so I made up a Thai-inspired cold salad for myself. I know I've read a recipe somewhere with these types of ingredients, and this is loosely based on what I could remember from it.
I really liked it, and I am happy that there is enough for me to have tomorrow, too.
Cold Noodle Salad
1/2 package cellophane rice noodles
1/2 cup frozen soy beans
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 cucumber, seeded and diced
1/4 sweet onion, thinly sliced and chopped
small handful fresh mint, finely chopped
large handful coriander , finely chopped
sesame oil - maybe 1 tbsp
olive oil, if needed
Place rice noodles in bowl. Boil water in kettle and pour over noodles. Let soak for about 10 minutes. Next time I make this I will break the noodles in half - I think it will make it easier to incorporate remaining salad items.
Add frozen soy beans for last 5 minutes of soaking.
Meanwhile, chop, slice, dice remaining vegetables for salad.
Drain noodles/beans, pour back in bowl and rinse with cold water until no longer warm. Drain until no water is visible on noodles.
Pour noodles & beans in bowl. Add green pepper, onion, cucumber, mint and coriander .
Juice both limes. To juice, add sesame oil and salt. Shake to combine. Taste and add olive oil if lime flavour is too strong. You could add hot peppers here, too, if you like the heat.
Pour dressing over noodles. Toss to mix items.
Makes 2 servings.
This recipe pretty much has the required protein, fat and carbohydrates for a healthy mid-day meal. Well, based on what the nutritionist recommended to hubby and I.