Wellness Wednesday Recipe: Beet & Carrot Noodles with Lemon Tahini Sauce

There is certainly nothing like a comforting bowl of noodles, especially with a rich & creamy sauce! But when the weather heats up I like to lighten up that craving with a bowl of “spiralized” veggie noodles. My typical go to is the all mighty green zucchini, but the truth is, you can spiralize just about anything, and turn something like this…

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Into this…

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Spiralized red beet “noodles.” Beautiful, eh?

I was on spring break from my school job last week & we had a bit of a heat wave. Nothing too extreme, but warm enough for me to open the windows, turn on the fans, slip into a summer dress, & crave delicious raw foods. A bowl of raw zucchini pasta with basil pesto sounded divine, except, there wasn’t a zucchini to be found in my kitchen, & as I was enjoying a lazy afternoon, I didn’t feel like making a trip to the market. Boring ole salad looked like it would have to make do, until I saw a bunch of beets in the crisper that had been seriously neglected. As I mentioned, you can spiralize just about anything…so why not beets?

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And that is exactly what I did, & a few carrots too, but the beet’s deep red juices coated the carrots & turned them more of rich electric pink! Now, I must warn you that this is a messy endeavor. Take off that crisp white blouse, or t-shirt & put on something that you won’t mind getting a little dirty. Once spiralized, the beets begin to expel a lot of juice! Get ready for it to be all over your kitchen, hands, face, etc. Hope that no one walks in unexpectedly & passes out at the sight of all that beet carnage! Just kidding, kinda. It really does turn your workspace into a bit of a blood bath fit for a horror film. But that is the fun of it too. Rub a bit of juice on your lips & cheeks for some natural makeup, maybe do some finger painting? Have some fun with it. Oh & when it comes time to eat, make sure you tuck a paper napkin into the collar of your shirt & mind the splatter! I am realizing I might be talking you totally out of this recipe! Sure there is some clean up involved, & your hands may be pink-stained for the remainder of the day, but it’s all in the name of delicious raw vegan food!

For the sauce, I whipped up my favorite “lemon tahini dressing” adding a bit less water than usual, as the beets give off a lot moisture.  The veggies quickly absorb the sauce, so it may not look like it’s there, but trust me, it is & your taste buds will know too! Set a bit aside to drizzle over the noodles before serving if more dressing is desired. To round out the flavors & add another pop of beautiful color, I added some fresh lemon zest & fresh basil.

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Beet & Carrot Noodles with Lemon Tahini Sauce
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Recipe type: Meatless Main, Salad
Cuisine: Raw, Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 3 medium beets, peeled & spiralized
  • 2 small carrots, peeled & spiralized
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ - ½ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest, divided
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • Handful of fresh basil, chiffonaded
Instructions
  1. Using a spiralizer, make beet & carrot pasta
  2. Combine evoo, tahini, lemon juice, lemon zest, water, salt & garlic in a blender & blend until smooth & creamy
  3. Pour desired amount of dressing over beet pasta & garnish with fresh basil & remaining lemon zest. Allow to "marinate" for up to one hour to soften noodles, or eat immediately if you don't mind a little crunch. Drizzle a bit more dressing over noodles before serving, if desired.

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Another tasty addition is to add a bit of “cheese” to the noodles. I used my favorite recipe for “Sun Cheese” that I learned at my friend Katie’s cooking class. I make this stuff at least 2-3 times a month to sprinkle on salads, spread on crackers or sandwiches, or honestly, just eat right of the spoon! It’s a delicious raw blend of sunflower seeds, sea salt, lemon juice & garlic flavored olive oil. Yummmy!

And, I know, I know, beets aren’t for everyone. A big plate of dirt noodles might not be your jam. It took me a long time to learn to appreciate that “je ne sails quoi,” that I now gently call “earthiness.” But if you do have a bit of room in your heart for beets, give them a little whirl in the spiralizer. It’s a fun little art project that is surprisingly delightful.

Enjoy!

Happy Earth Day!

A Prayer for Mother Earth… 

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 Mother Earth, 

May we learn from your being

to persevere with faith

to balance with grace

to embrace with love

& give of your bounty. 

 

 

Friday Faves: Yuzen Beauty Box

Hi. Happy Friday! I’ve got a fun little Friday Faves review for you today! I am absolutely in LOVE with the Yuzen Beauty Box & can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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But first, it’s no secret that I am a lover of beauty products, eco-conscious & cruelty-free to be precise. The beauty industry has come a long was over the years, & it is becoming increasingly easier to find mindful companies that adhere to the standards I am looking for. These days, I walk in to a Whole Foods or natural market, enter the beauty aisle, & am (happily) overwhelmed by shelves full of products that are beautifully packaged, cruelty-free, eco-conscious, truly naturally derived, & good for the body. So the challenge becomes…how do I choose? That’s where beauty subscription boxes come in! Seems that everywhere I turn someone is launching a beauty box, but personally, I am a big fan of the Vegan Cuts Beauty box & Petit Vour, both I’ve which I’ve subscribed to. The thing I trust most about those two boxes? I am 100% confident in their recommendations & I know that I will only receive the highest quality, cruelty-free products from these companies. I thought I had my subscriptions covered, until I read a review the Yuzen Box on Feelgood Style.

Yuzen provides a mindfully curated, & gorgeously packaged seasonal box of eco-conscious products that people can feel good about – & more importantly, nourish that “feel good” space. Yuzen’s mission is to share the very best of the best companies & organizations that are “doing good” in the world. After learning about Yuzen & watching the unboxing of the Spring Collection, I was sold. I signed up that day, & within just a few days my first blue box arrived…

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How does Yuzen work?

Yuzen offers a box of elegant eco-friendly, natural, & organic items to subscribers every 3 months. The product selection is carefully curated to provide amazing, healthy lifestyle products that subscribers can trust. The selected companies are the highest of quality, transparent in mission, & beautiful. Each box is thoughtfully designed to embody the experience of relaxation, pause & delight.  Most of the products are premium sample-sized which can last well over a month, with each box being valued at much more than the subscription price of $33.00 a season.

What is behind the name?

Yuzen is the name of a type of exquisite Japanese paper, also known as chiyogami. Yuzen is made by Japanese artisans, & is created using an intricate multi-step process that layers patterns & color. Each box comes with a different piece of authentic yuzen paper, that you can repurposed as a bookmark, decorating cards or gift boxes, or my favorite thing to do…wrap a around a plain glass candle holder to create a custom gift.

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The first thing that caught my attention was the exquisite packaging. It is so, so beautiful! You really feel like you are opening the most thoughtful gift. And I love their tagline “Sending you a little zen.” Truly! The unboxing itself will become a sweet ritual to look forward to each season.

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The next thing that caught my attention was the full size bottle of Acure Organics Radical Resurfacing Facial Treatment, a brightening cream that is near & dear to my heart (& skin care regime!). I’d been out for a while, & planning on purchasing another tube, but when I saw it came in the box, I was instantly sold. The product itself retails for $19.99, the box is $33. Enough said.

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The Spring Box was full of amazing goodies, some of which were new to me & becoming fast favorites, & others that are already coveted here in the Vegenista household. Here’s what you’ll get:

Acure Organics Radical Resurfacing Facial Treatment, 1 oz. FULL SIZE!
Lotus Wei Infinite Love Mist, 10 ml.
Sranrom Urban Wellness Calm Down Hand Cream, 1.06 oz.
Sranrom Mindful Living Compassion Candle, mini size
Chocolove Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate Mini Bar, 1.3 oz.
Balanced Guru Balm Me Up Organic Sweet Cocoa & Tangy Body Balm, 1 oz.
Sumbody Coconut & Cream Bath Fizzer, FULL SIZE!
Sumbody Bath Melt, FULL SIZE!
~ Coupons for up to 20% off most brands offered.

I love, love, love this box! From the beautiful packaging, to the wonderful products tucked inside, this box was the most wonderful, nourishing gift to myself. One can immediately set up a mini home retreat with the content with this box –  draw a bath, drop in the bath fizz, light the compassion candle, & nibble on dark chocolate while soaking. Once out of the bath, spritz on some Infinite Love Mist, apply facial treatment under your favorite moisturizer, slather & soothe your calmed body with Body Balm, give your hands & feet a massage with Calm Down hand cream, make yourself a cup of tea & settle in. Instant Zen in a Box!

I will definitely keep this subscription active & am already looking forward to the next box which is set to arrive in May. If you are looking for a little conscious beauty treat for yourself or a loved one, I can recommend Yuzen more! want to get your caring hands on this particular box? You have until April 30th, or until they sell out, to sign up! Let me know if you order it, & if you love it as much as I do. Sign up here!

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation from Yuzen for this review, nor did receive free products. I purchased this product with my own funds, & all opinions stated in this post are my own. Thank you!

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