The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook, by Kim O'Donnel, features 52 recipes for one year's worth of Meatless Monday dishes for those first venturing into meatless meals. While most of the recipes stay in a safer vegetarian mode, there are a few vegan options. One that caught my eye was the Sesame Rice Noodles and Herb Melon Salad. While the ingredients list is long, for the most part it is everyday items, albeit unusual together, prepared and combined simply. My kind of recipe!
Rice noodles, prepared per package
Onions (recipe calls for red, we used a handy white)
Red Pepper Flakes
Basically, prepare each block above independently by combining the ingredients, then put everything on plate or bowl for final presentation. While the recipe in the book calls for measurements, I feel that this is a recipe that is particularly attractive to winging it, as so much of seasoning is personal. We also adjusted it to take into consideration our 4 children, ages 2-11, so no rice wine, no pepper flakes. I don't eat peanuts, so the recommended garnish was changed accordingly.
This is such a great, simple recipe, that I cannot imagine anyone would not like. The next time I make this I will add some almond or sunflower seed butter to the noodles to give them heft--the overall recipe was a bit moist for my textural preferences. Still and all a great recipe, especially since it is so clearly adaptable to a variety of palates.
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