This was a quick dinner I just whipped up after a (strangely) long day. The recipe needs no pre-planning because I didn't even know I was going to make it until I stepped into the kitchen and noticed we had yams. I was going to make a salad but then I'm like... "Hey, yams, you be lookin' pretty fine today. Imma spirooli you up and cover you in sweet miso sauce then put you in my mouth. Whaddya think?"
And so, my dinner was born.
My favourite type of plant to turn into noodles is (probably expected, sorry) - zucchini. It is PERFECT for pasta. It has the right texture, taste and appearance to fool all your complex-carb-inclined friends. Having said that, I still love turning yams, bell peppers, carrots and other willing veggies into spiralized goodness. It's just so fun and you can be uber creative.
yam noodles with sweet sauce, marinated mushrooms & sesame seeds: serves one
1 teaspoons sesame oil (optional but recommended)
1 teaspoon tamari
sweet miso sauce:
2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon agave/maple syrup/raw honey
1 tablespoon miso
1 tablespoons hummus (not raw, too bad)
1 peeled garlic clove
2 tablespoons mustard
3-5 tablespoons water, as needed
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 peeled yam
To make the mushrooms: slice them really thin then rub in the oil and tamari. Put them in a warm spot (I put them in my oven at its lowest temperature) and forget about them for a minute.
To make the sauce: blend all ingredients except sesame seeds together until smooth. Add whatever else you want. Then toss in the sesame seeds by hand. Set aside.
To make the noodles: put the yam through your spiral slicer (spirooli) or slice on a mandolin Then cover them with the sauce and them get to know each other for a few minutes. The noodles will soften and pick up more flavour. Now remember your marinating fungi friends being warmed somewhere? Add those on top, and sprinkle on some more sesame seeds and raisins. Yum. Yams, man.