4 Dec 2012

yam noodles with sweet sauce, marinated mushrooms & sesame seeds


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

marinated mushrooms:
4 mushrooms
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

Yam noodles:
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. 


28 comments:

Stephany Achter said...

Could you use tahini instead of hummus for a raw option? Personally, I always have a big jar of hummus in the fridge, but rarely hummus.

raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen said...

This sauce sounds absolutely amazing. And I was thinking the same thing about tahini....

Great recipe, great blog! I'm so glad I discovered you (through pinterest I think)!

Myrna said...

Is using a wok w/ a tsp. of water for a quick steam "raw" for the mushrooms? My oven's lowest temp is 170'. Too hot for raw.

Penni said...

Are we seeing raisins or cranberries in there too?

Moanialo said...

How do the yam noodles get so "soft" looking, just like real noodles? When you eat them, do they have the same texture as regular noodles even though they aren't cooked? I never knew you could eat raw potatoes...

Emily von Euw said...

You definitely could! I may try that next time.

Emily von Euw said...

Terrific! Thank you, Raechel :) I love your blog.

Emily von Euw said...

Sure, that'd be fine!

Emily von Euw said...

Yep, Penni. Those are raisins!

Emily von Euw said...

If you let them marinate with the sauce for a few minutes they soak up the moisture and flavour and get soft. I think they taste better than normal pasta actually :)

Jaimie said...

Ooo nice! :) D'ya think sweet potatoe would work the same? also what spiralizer do YOU use/recommend?, curious. have you ever tried natto? sposed to be good for us veeguns.

Emily von Euw said...

No, my wonderful friend was generous enough to give me a "spirooli" spiral slicer so I have been merrily using that ever since and I am totally satisfied with it. But I know there are some other goods brands out there.

I'm sure sweet potato would work just fine. I used to think they were the same thing but upon further research... found out they are commonly mistaken as such but are NOT (the same)!

Anonymous said...

Can you provide a link to this Spirooli you speak of? (Can it REALLY spiralize RED PEPPERS!?!?!)

Thanks for a great-looking recipe ;)

Myrna said...

http://www.amazon.com/World-Cuisine-A4982799-Tri-Blade-Vegetable/dp/B0007Y9WHQ I use this one...it works great. I also used sweet potatoes and this dish was outstanding!

Emily von Euw said...

Thanks, Myrna.

Emily von Euw said...

http://www.upayanaturals.com/Vegetable_Spiral_Slicer_formerly_Spirooli_Slicer_p/wc-0001.htm&Click=14385

And Myrna also posted a link below this. thank you! Red peppers work for me, but they're easier on my mandolin. :)

jinni said...

can I use Purple Yam to make yam noodles too? I tried to google and it seems I see the "orange" color yams that people use. I just happen to have purple yam right now and just wondering if that is possible...?

Emily von Euw said...

Sure!

Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition said...

AMAZINNNGGGGGG

Stephanie Alberto Ⓥ said...

You're a genious!
You totally cracked me up with that one line - Imma spirooli you up and cover you in sweet miso sauce then put you in my mouth. - spirooli you hahaha!!!
Keep up the amazing work :)

Mike C said...

When you say mustard, are you using mustard seed, mustard powder or like dijon mustard or something?

Emily von Euw said...

Hey, Mike - I just used dijon so if you wanna keep it totally raw, there's other raw mustard recipes on the internet you can make :)

Mike C said...

Cool, thanks!

Nicole said...

Is the yam cooked at all? even at a low temp?

Emily von Euw said...

@Nicole - yep, all raw :)

Eva Hagan said...

Hi there, I tried this recipe with sweet potato and while the sauce was really yummy, I really didn't like spiralizing sweet potatoes... not only were they way too hard (after soaking, too) and wanted to break my spiralizer, a google search showed that raw sweet potatoes inhibit digestion?: http://vegpeace.org/rawfoodtoxins.html

Eli said...

Thanks Emily! This was delicious and filling. I whipped up some quick zucchini hummus and left out the miso because I didn't have it, and added some coconut aminos because I was confused. It was great! I will make it again. I appreciate your blog very much.
Eli

Rafael Klujsza said...

Make raw hummus!! Just sprout the grĂ£o de bico, whatever its called in english lol.