almonds, asparagus, Body Ecology Diet, broccoli, buckwheat, ginger, gluten free, pasta, red peppers, stevia, sugar free, Ulcerative Colitis, vegan
Today is a special post.
This post goes out to my dear friend, R. She is an amazing friend.
Right now, as we speak, she is in Las Vegas, running in the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Rock & Roll Marathon. She’s on Team Challenge, and she doesn’t even have IBD. Nope…she’s running this for me. I am so incredibly humbled and honored that she’s been training and running this with me in mind. I am so blessed to have her as a friend.
So Thank You, R! YOU GO GIRL!!! I’m rooting you on from NYC!!
So in the spirit of the marathon, I thought I’d share a pregame pasta meal! What is it?
PAD THAI!! But not just any Pad Thai….
Gluten Free, Vegan, Body Ecology Friendly, Sugar Free & Peanut-Free PAD THAI!!!
Here’s what you need:
red pepper, diced
6 stalks of asparagus, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups of broccoli florets, steamed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1/2 yellow onion, diced
4 green onions, chopped, divided dark and white/light green
almonds and cashews, chopped
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp veg stock — soy sauce/tamari is traditional, but not on the BED
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 1/2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1 tsp EVOO
1/4 C + 1 Tbsp brazil nut / hazelnut butter (homemade) — can sub any nut butter — peanut butter is traditional
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp curry powder (usually thai curry paste — but it’s the Northwoods)
7-8 drops pure liquid stevia
1/4 -1/2 cup reserved pasta water
Prepare all your veggies and sauce. (This meal has intensive prep, but comes together quickly at the end). First, steam your broccoli, when it is tender, shock it in ice water, drain, and then set aside. Then, in a big frying pan, saute your onion in 1 tsp EVOO, salt and pepper. Once its softened, (about 5 minutes), add in your asparagus. Let it cook for about 3 minutes, and then add in your bell pepper, garlic and ginger. Allow them to cook for about 3 minutes, and then add in your broccoli. Stir until it’s warmed through, about a minute. Then add in your cooked pasta, sauce, whites/light greens of the green onions, and reserved pasta water. Stir to coat all the noodles and veggies. Garnish with cilantro, green onion tops, and chopped almonds & cashews! DIG IN & LOVE YOUR LIFE!!
And my parents?? They absolutely LOVED it — licked their plates — and raved that this was my best BED meal yet.
This just goes to show that even if your diet has CRAZY INSANE restrictions like the Body Ecology Diet, you still can make CRAZY INSANE delicious dishes. It just takes a little creativity, a little experimentation, and a little courage:)
So R, this one goes out to you on your big day. Congrats on an amazing race! You’re a rockstar!