Who doesn’t love noodles?! I know I do! I don’t eat them every day, as they are a little more dense of course, but when I do eat them I really enjoy them :).
But with summer in full swing, it doesn’t feel ideal to be cooking in the hot kitchen all day, and sometimes we want a noodle dish we can take with us on picnics . Voila! Here is my Cold Edamame and Noodle Salad Recipe, which is perfect for daytime, and is super delish. You’ll stay cool while fueling your body with fresh beauty veggies and cleansing cilantro!
“Baby Soy”: Edamame
If you don’t have a soy allergy, and want to incorporate it into your diet (as I work it in), tempeh, natto and miso are great sources. Even organic tofu is okay. But over 90% of soy in our country is genetically modified (GMO), which includes the huge amounts of processed soy used in junk food and in the feed for factory farmed animals.
In my Beauty Detox Solution book I go into more details about this all…but lately (since becoming pregnant especially, and falling back in love with the soft texture of organic tofu), I’ve definitely been eating whole soy in my rotation. I have a sensitivity to gluten but not soy, which works for me. I also consume organic tamari (wheat free soy sauce).
But now what about edamame? “Eda-whaty?” Yes, edamame (pronounced ay-duh-MAH-may), which is just a fancier way of saying, green “baby” soybeans. Aren’t they considered a soy product? Edamame is a green immature soybean that can definitely be enjoyed occasionally if you really love them.
Edamame is a legume (so can combine as a protein or starch, as it does with the latter for this recipe) that is filled with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals in just one 1/2 cup. Look at these other amazing benefits!
- 9 grams fiber
- 2.5 grams fat
- 1.5 grams polyunsaturated fat (0.3 grams plant omega-3 fatty acids)
- 0.5 gram monounsaturated fat
- 11 grams protein
- 13 grams carbohydrate
- 15 mg sodium
- 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin C
- 10% Daily Value for iron
- 8% Daily Value for vitamin A
- 4% Daily Value for calcium
If you are super sensitive to all soy, including edamame, you can replace them with green peas, or another green veggie you like! Otherwise, enjoy!
Acceptable Beauty Grains
So what are the best beauty grains? Well first, in order to achieve your highest level of beauty, we want to work towards cutting out all processed white flour products, including pastries, pretzels, crackers, etc. For many of us, wheat, which contains gluten, can be bloating and inflammatory, so avoiding wheat products and also seitan (pure gluten), as well as barley and rye, can be helpful in increasing gut health.
On the other hand, opt for beauty grains like, millet, quinoa, amaranth, brown rice and buckwheat. Besides buckwheat (which is also known as kasha), these are all gluten-free.
But when we’re craving the comfort of pasta, what are our choices? You may have noticed in other recipes, where I use soba noodles or brown rice pasta—made from ground brown rice, instead of wheat—making the noodles gluten-free and perfectly suitable if you’re living by the Beauty Detox Food plan.
But what about rice noodles? The key to remember in situations where you may be craving the comforts of good ole pasta, is to just do your best. Rice is a better alternative to wheat, as brown rice is better than refined white rice, and so on.
So when it comes to dishes like the one we’re making today, we want to pack in the nutrients with as many veggies and herbs as possible—limiting how much grain we’re actually stuffing into our bowls—and keeping our guts healthier and happier in the process.
Anytime we do choose to eat a grain or starchy product, we also want to be sure we’re taking a digestive enzyme to help digest our foods better—particularly when we consume the less than ideal starch products.
How about we give this dish a try and remember to enjoy these certain types of foods on occasion and never feeling like we’re deprived. ;)
See full recipe below…
- 8 oz bag of rice noodles (straight cut not vermicelli)
- 1 cup shelled edamame
- 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
- 1 Tbs. tamari
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- Handful of sliced cherry tomatoes
- Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat large saucepan water to boiling on high. Add noodles and edamame; boil 2 minutes. Rinse and drain well.
- In large bowl, whisk rice vinegar and tamari. Add shredded carrots, tomatoes and cilantro to noodles and edamame. Toss until well coated. Salt and pepper to taste.
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