Veganish: Thai-Inspired Noodles

Hello all!  It’s been getting chilly here in New Hampshire, and I’m more than a bit happy that fall is finally upon us.  Unfortunately, I started off my favorite season with a nasty bug that left me out of work for a spell.  Thankfully with some antibiotics, lots of rest, and warm, cozy comfort foods, I’m back on my feet and feeling back to normal!

Inspired by the Pad Thai noodle dish, I’ve been experimenting with this baby for awhile now, and I think I’m finally happy with it.  This meal is as fulfilling as it is nourishing, and tastes just as good as take-out (in my humble opinion).  I served this dish with a few pieces of Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Gyoza, a current favorite of mine.

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Veganish: Thai-Inspired Noodles

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Pad Thai rice noodles
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped
  • 2 small heads of broccoli, chopped
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2-1 c. frozen edamame
  • 1 red pepper
  • Any other veggies you may want!

Sauce:

  • 2 TBS peanut butter
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 c. soy sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 2 in. piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • Dash of water
  • Sriracha sauce, to taste
  • Pinch of brown sugar

Method:

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions and set aside
  2. Prepare the veggies.  Sauté all chopped veggies in a med-large sauce pot with 1 TBS olive oil  For this batch, I included 1 can each of baby corn and water chestnuts.  I also added a small dash of soy sauce.
  3. While the vegetables are cooking, make the sauce.  Pour all sauce ingredients into a blender (I used a NutriBullet), and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the rice noodles into the pot, and stir well to combine with the vegetables. 
  5. Pour the sauce over the noodles, and stir well.
  6. Serve with potstickers, tofu, green onion garnish- make it your own!

What have you been cooking up lately? I’d love to hear : )  Until next time, here’s a shot that T grabbed: a rare moment of affection from Daisy, and my sleeping self, unaware of the occasion.

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Lately

To say that life has changed a lot since my last post would be…entirely accurate.  I’ve been so excited to share all the goings-on around here for awhile, and am seizing a somewhat-freer afternoon to sit down and type it all out.

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{my favorite (and cheesiest) bulletin board}

First things first- I am LOVING my new teaching job.  My coworkers are kind and helpful, my students are adorable and eager to learn (so far..we’ll see how true this is once the back-to-school “honeymoon” is over!), and the school building itself is brand new and gorgeous.  I’m still settling into my classroom and getting to know the everyday routines and rhythms of the school, and I’m bracing myself for the inevitable craze of October, when all of the real work and learning will begin.  I would be outright lying if I said I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed with planning curriculum, setting up grades, and all of the other lovely things a first-timer teacher needs to build from scratch.  However, I am very lucky to be teaching in my school, and I grow more grateful by the day that I wound up where I did.

In other news, T and I have finally made the move to Nashua!  I’m actually a bit surprised by how quickly we’ve settled in to such a drastically different place.  We’ve been here for about two weeks now, and I can happily report that we are officially unpacked!  However, even though our stuff is no longer in boxes, I have yet to find just the right place for everything.  I have some decorating/crafting projects planned for this fall and winter that I’m pretty excited about, including vamping up our dresser-turned-bar, and I think these will add those final touches that the new place is still missing.

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dresser turned bar

 

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desk digs

 I haven’t been able to explore much of our new city yet, but I’m deeply intrigued by a few spots in the downtown area that I’m sure we’ll be getting to soon.

Until next time xx

Raw Pad Thai

With summer and all of its humidity in full swing here in Boston, I’ve been scrambling to come up with some lighter, yet still satisfying dinners that don’t require much interaction with the stove or oven.  After perusing my cookbooks and Pinterest without much luck, I finally stumbled across this recipe for a raw pad thai dish from one of my all time favorite vegan blogs, “Oh She Glows.”  This dish delivered on everything I was looking for: it was simple to prepare, it tasted delicious, and I got to steer clear of the stove.  While I used “Oh She Glows” creator Angela Liddon’s recipe as an inspiration and a base line, I made a couple very minor adjustments based on personal preference and, full disclosure, needing to creatively replace a few items I forgot to buy at the grocery store.  You can find the original recipe here, or follow along with my very minimally tweaked method below.  Either way, do yourself a favor and give it a try!

Raw Pad Thai( originally found on Oh She Glows)

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized
  • 2 carrots, cut into strips with a peeler
  • 1 cup edamame, thawed
  • 1 pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • Small handful of almonds, chopped in a food processor

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons each of:
    • Lime juice (takes 1 lime)
    • Water
    • Soy Sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

Method

  1. Spiralize/slice/prep all of your veggies and mix together in a bowl.  The only major changes I made from the original recipe were to omit the cabbage (never really been a fan) and seeds (I totally forgot to buy them.)  To make up for the missing seeds and add a little crunch to this salad, I ended up grinding some raw almonds as a topping and it was DELICIOUS.  
  2. Toss all of your sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor (or whip by hand), and blend until smooth.  The only change I made to my sauce was to add more almond butter to make it a little thicker than the original.  To be honest I’ll probably add a bit more to my next batch, since my sauce was still a bit too watery for my liking.
  3. Pour your dressing over the salad and enjoy!
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get in my belly

What have you been cooking lately? Know of any good food blogs I should check out? I’d LOVE to hear!

Boho Spaces

Hello all! With our upcoming move to Nashua creeping ever closer, I have home decor on the brain…like a lot.  I’m so excited to move into the new place and start the settling in process.  While we won’t be there for about another month, I’ve been obsessing brainstorming how I want to make the space look and feel.  I want our new apartment’s style to strike a balance between cozy and stylish, and so I took to Pinterest to start gathering some ideas.

It wasn’t long before I started noticing a trend in my “Round the House” Pinterest board.  I found myself being drawn to rooms with tons of color and texture, plenty of plants, unique knick knacks, and vintage furniture.  In short, the realization dawned that all of the looks I loved were pretty heavily lace with Bohemian style.  The rooms that inspired me most seemed to exhibit the perfect blends of comfort and style, color and coziness, usefulness and edginess.  Basically, I cannot wait to get into our new apartment and experiment with our new space to give it that funky, cozy, unique, and colorful Bohemian vibe I’m going for.  In the meantime, feel free to join me in crushing hard on and gaining inspiration from these gorgeous homes*.

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To see what else I’m pinning, feel free to check out my Pinterest.  What’s inspiring you lately? Have any good home decor tips? I’d love to hear 🙂

 

*While I originally found all of these looks on Pinterest, I’ve credited their original sources (to the best of my knowledge) beneath each photo.

 

Lately…Boston Edition

With the summer being as busy as it’s been around here, I was so happy that T and I both had last Friday off.  We want to soak up as much of Boston as we can before our move to Nashua, so we decided to invite my younger cousin Kayla up for a day of sightseeing in the city.  We hiked rode the elevator  to the 50th floor of the Prudential Center to see the gorgeous views from the Skywalk Observatory, moseyed along Newbury Street, and stopped for lunch at the Trident Cafe (which is also a very cool and well-stocked bookstore).  While Kayla’s visit was short and sweet, it was the perfect way to spend a precious free day**.

What have you been up to lately? I’d love to hear 🙂

-Ashley-

 

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boston from the top
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trying to find my neighborhood
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fenway
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don’t look down
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view from the top
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i’m cheesin, and kayla is too cool for me (obviously)
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paparazzi moment
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strollin down newbury street
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another view of the pru

**My outfit details: dress available here

Happy Things

Hello, hello! Seeing as my summer school job starts next week, I’ve been doing my best to enjoy the last long, lazy week I’ll have for awhile.  I spent tons of time reading, catching up on errands, and heading out into the gorgeous summer weather as much as possible.  Luckily, I was also able to sneak a quick trip back to my hometown to visit my parents too!  While I could only stay for one night, I was able to take my dad to the Dark Horse Tavern for his birthday dinner, teach my mom about Snapchat (evidence to follow), and cuddle with Jax.  My parents even surprised me with a GORGEOUS peridot bracelet as a belated graduation present!  You guys…I cried when I opened it. I wasn’t kidding when I said that I cry really easily!

After being pampered by a great last week of June, I am more than ready to welcome July with lots of 4th of July celebrations this weekend!  I’ll catch ya back here next week- happy weekend to you!

 

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Recipe sneak peek
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Keeping it colorful
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A new friend

 

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Momma and me