As I mentioned on yesterday’s What I Ate Wednesday, today I returned from Vassar College to my hometown of Madison, WI for a much-needed, month-long winter break. As expected, I filled the day with oodles of cooking and reveling in delicious, non-Deece meals, studded with bouts of holiday decorating alongside my mother. After paying an eagerly anticipated visit to my second (or I suppose third, now!) home of the Willy Street Coop to replenish my home pantry, I ardently enjoyed crafting the first meal made in my Madison kitchen since August, which consisted of a delectable massaged kale salad—a treat in which I haven’t had the pleasure of partaking for far too long.
Determined to knock off a good chunk of my extensive “Recipes to Try” list, I scrolled through the 32-page word document and combined three recipes that struck my fancy to create a delightful new recipe, rife with unctuous flavors, textural contrasts between creamy and crunchy, and winter veggies. The inspiration for the sweet potato noodles stems from This Rawsome Vegan Life, that for the sauce from Earthsprout, and that for the brussels sprouts from 101 Cookbooks. Though I did not think to include miso in the sauce until I had coated the noodles, I suspect that the complex sweetness of the fermented bean paste would compliment the recipe nicely.
Sweet Potato Noodles, Golden Brussels Sprouts, and Chickpeas in a Cheesy Tahini Sauce
1 large sweet potato, peeled
1 tbsp tamari
1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 medjool date
1 tbsp tamari
5 tbsp tahini
½ tsp turmeric
4-6 tbsp water
24 small brussels sprouts
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
To make the sweet potato noodles, thinly slice the sweet potato lengthwise, then cut those strips lengthwise again into thin strips. Alternatively, if you’re lucky enough to own a spiralizer, just use that. Place in a large bowl, toss with the tamari, transfer to a baking sheet, and warm the noodles until slightly tender but still somewhat crunchy—about 20-30 minutes.
To make the sauce, combine all sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Once the noodles have finished tenderizing, pour the sauce over them, mix well until evenly coated, and stir in the chickpeas.
To make the golden brussels sprouts, cut the stems off of the brussels sprouts and remove any yellowing outer leaves. Cut the sprouts in half lengthwise and place in a mixing bowl. Drizzle the coconut oil on top and toss well to coat the sprouts. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, taking care not to overheat it lest the outside of the sprouts cook too quickly. Place the sprouts in the pan, flat side down and in a single layer, cover, and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the bottoms of the sprouts are only slightly browned. Once just tender, uncover the sprouts, increase the heat to high, and cook until the flat sides are dark brown and caramelized. Toss the sprouts once or twice to slightly brown the rounded side.
To serve, plate the noodles and pile the brussels sprouts on top.
Tweaks to the Original Recipe:
- Used defrosted almond pulp leftover from making almond milk in place of the almond meal.
- Omitted the salt.
- Replaced the pumpkin puree with 2 ripe persimmons (I planned to use fresh sweet potato puree, but my sweet potato hadn’t finished baking by the time I was ready to add it to the recipe).
- Replaced 1/2 cup of the dates with dried apricots.
- Used buckwheat soaked for about 2 hours instead of soaked and sprouted buckwheat.
- Replaced the coconut with sunflower seeds.
- Spread the mixture thinly on two aluminum foil-lined baking sheets and baked for about 2 hours and 15 minutes at 200 degrees instead of dehydrating the cereal.
Though I won’t have a chance to sample the cereal until tomorrow morning atop my standard smoothie, the results of my experimentation look quite successful, sound incredibly crunchy, and smell absolutely dreamy due to the magical ingredient of maple extract.
Oh, how I cannot accurately express my happiness at returning to my comfortable, leisurely, culinary-experimentation-ridden home life, if only for a mere month. I can guarantee oodles of mouthwatering food porn and hopefully a substantial handful of new recipes on the blog until I depart once again to commence my spring semester as a freshman at Vassar.
Until next time, Ali.