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In Healthy, Recipe, Salad, Vegetables on
June 3, 2018

Roasted Vegetable Salad

I can’t believe it’s June already, and the sudden change in weather is a sure sign that winter is well and truly here!

Which means, I’m doing away with the light green salads, and churning our the hearty soups, stews and curries in my kitchen!

But I’m not completely saying goodbye to salads. For something quick, and not so heavy, wintery salads make a great meal. Roasted vegetable salads are my go to in winter- just throw them in the oven to cook, then toss with a some salad leaves and a light dressing. It works well because almost all the winter veggies are great for roasting! Read more

In Healthy, Recipe, Salad, Vegetables on
May 27, 2018

Raw Pad Thai Salad Recipe

For a dietitian, I don’t talk about nutrition on this blog an awful lot. But when I do it’s almost always about eating more veggies!

You’re probably sick of me going on about it but it’s for good reason. So when I’m choosing healthy lunch options to prepare for the work week, I always make sure I choose recipes that are loaded with veggies- and what better way than to start off with a vegetarian recipe like this Raw Pad Thai Salad?

Raw Pad Thai Salad Recipe

Although I’m not vegetarian or vegan, I’m always quite intrigued by vegan/vegetarian foods. It can be difficult to achieve the depth of flavour that’s often found in meat based dishes, so I find that vegan/vegetarian dishes which work well involve some degree of creativity. This often involves a lot of oils in Asian vegetarian dishes, to impart flavour. But since I’m going for something healthier and lighter as a daily lunch option, veggie options from cafés serve as a better source of inspiration. And with so many vegan cafes which seem to be popping up, there’s no shortage of inspiration!

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In Café, Dining, Lunch on
April 20, 2018

Left of Field, Rhodes

Although Rhodes can feel like it’s in the middle of nowhere, it works well for a work location. Walks by the foreshore make for relaxing lunchtimes, and there’s no shortage of good cafés for us to try. I’ve written about how much I’m loving Bare Witness, and right across from it, Left of Field is another café we’re loving just as much!

Spring Vegetable Salad, Left of Field

Salad of spring vegetables ($18)

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In Healthy, Recipe, Salad, Vegetables on
February 23, 2018

Brown Rice Salad Recipe

One thing I think that people don’t realise about dietitians is that we really love food.

We love food, we love to eat and when we throw a party, you can be sure there’ll be great food- and no, it’s not all salads. That said, there are always plenty of veggie filled options- enough inspiration for weeks worth of lunch ideas- and this is where I came across this amazing brown salad rice recipe.


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In Recipe, Salad on
April 19, 2011

Thai Noodle Salad

In my early high school years (it seems like so long ago now!), my mum would occasionally take us to a take away shop after school to buy fish and chips, which we’d happily devour on our trip home- with me on one side of the back seat, my sister on the other, a fork each and the box between us. We’d eat slowly, trying hard not to make a mess onto the car seat and by the end up the car ride, the car would fill up with the smell of fried food.
 
From memory, the fish and chips from that shop were not particularly good- but anything deep fried after a tiresome school day would have tasted delicious by our standards. However, there was one thing that kept these few visits so memorable- the salad. Along with the fish and chips, we were allowed to choose any of the salads on offer, and I naturally went for the most exotic sounding one- the thai noodle salad (though I had no idea what thai flavours were).

The salad was made of long slippery cold noodles, coated in a thick sweet sauce, which tasted like sweet chilli sauce, only with a slight taste of peanut butter and a hint of saltiness. Though I can’t remember exactly what it tastes like, I do remember it to be terribly addictive and delicious (you know, the type of delicious that keeps you up in the middle of the night just thinking about how good it tastes) and has been embedded into the memory since the first time I had it.

Quite simply, it was the most amazing salad I’d ever tasted!

Unfortunately, the shop was no longer in business by fourth time we went back, instead, being replaced another fish and chips shop. We ordered fish and chips again, but since this new shop didn’t offer the thai noodle salad, we chose another salad. The fish and chips weren’t bad, but without the salad, it just wasn’t the same anymore. That was the last time we went back there.

I never found another thai noodle salad like that one again, so I attempted to make my own at home, after seeing this recipe. The dressing had sweet chilli sauce and peanut butter- the two things I actually remember tasting in the salad, so I had a go to see what it would taste like. Funnily enough, the dressing was very similar to the sauce I used on the Thai Chicken Pizza I made last year. I only followed the recipe for the dressing, and used whatever I had in my fridge for the rest of the salad (I used spaghetti because I remembered noodle in the original salad to be more spaghetti like :D)

And the verdict?? Although the salad was delicious in its own right (I could see where its high ratings were coming from), I was slightly disappointed that it didn’t taste much like the one I had in mind. The peanut butter taste was a bit too strong and the sweet chilli taste too weak but it did spark a bit of a memory- and I had no problem gobbling the whole thing down myself! I’ll definitely be trying this recipe again, but tweaking the ingredients a bit-so hopefully, I’ll be back soon with an even better recipe to share! 😀

Thai Noodle Salad

recipe from here
Note: I halved the recipe, which made enough for myself- so this recipe should make around 2-4 servings, rather than the 20 stated on the website!

1 (12 ounce) package angel hair pasta
3 cups shredded napa cabbage
4 large carrots, shredded
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 small yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1 bunch fresh green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
2 tablespoons toasted black sesame seeds
8 ounces frozen cooked shrimp, thawed and drained

1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons tahini
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
5 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Break pasta into small pieces and add to boiling water; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, cabbage, carrots, green, red and yellow bell peppers, 1/2 of the cilantro, 1/2 of the onions, and shrimp.
2. In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter, tahini, rice wine vinegar and sweet chile sauce. Season with soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Ten minutes before serving, toss the sauce with the cabbage mixture until evenly coated. Garnish with remaining cilantro, green onions, peanuts and black sesame seeds.