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Raw Noodle Bowl w/ Miso Tahini Dressing

Raw Noodle Bowl w/ Miso Tahini Dressing | Well and Full | #vegan #plantbased #recipe

There’s a lot of hype around veganism – it comes with the territory. And I suppose like every other “movement” (or philosophy or idea or what have you), there are different “types” of vegans… like the ethical vegans, the hippie vegans, the weight-loss vegans, the health vegans, the I’m-only-doing-it-because-it’s-trendy vegans, etc. And probably a lot more in between. I’d probably categorize myself as a ethical-hippie-health vegan. But honestly, F the labels. Whatever the reasoning behind our choices, veganism is one of the most ethical, environmentally-friendly, and healthy lifestyles out there. Personally, I’ve never been one to proselytize or try to convert others in an unwarranted way. I think the best way to spread awareness about veganism is to talk about it (respectfully, always) when asked, and to cook delicious vegan food for my friends so I can sneakily convert them anyways (hehehehe).  And surprisingly, it works! My mom now loves delicious vanilla almond milk in her morning coffee rather than the heavy coffee creamer. And my guy is probably 60% pescetarian now, which is a huuge step. It means so much to me when the people I care about take the time to actually learn why I’m vegan instead of automatically judging this choice.

But unfortunately, the rest of the world isn’t so open-minded. Although veganism is definitely becoming more mainstream, the amount of ignorance out there is just unbelievable. I swear, if I had a dollar for every time I was asked, “But.. but… where do you get your protein from?!”, I would have enough money to publish a pamphlet on plant-based protein sources and send it to every person in the world. I’m really trying to be patient with these questions, really, but my responses are starting to get a little snarky. Just recently an acquaintance asked me where I get my protein, in response to learning I was vegan. The conversation went something like this:

Them: “You’re vegan? But where do you get your protein?!”

Me: “I don’t. There’s literally nothing I can get protein from except for animal products so I just don’t eat any protein.”

Them: “Whh…what?”

Me: “Yep. I’m a medical miracle.”

Face. Palm.

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But on the real. Even my mom, who is a very intelligent person (and a Registered Nurse) asks me every time I see her if I’m getting enough protein. I know she’s just worried about my health, but there are so. many. places. where you can get protein that don’t involve animal products. For example:

1// 1 Cup Lentils (cooked) = 18g Protein

2// 1 Cup Edamame = 17g Protein

3// 1 Cup Chickpeas (cooked) = 15g Protein

4// 1 Cup Black Beans (cooked) = 15g Protein

5// 1 Cup Quinoa (uncooked) = 24g Protein

And that’s not even taking into account protein smoothies / supplements, which are pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself.

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So that’s my little rant about protein/veganism. And it’s probably a little ill-timed because this isn’t my most protein-heavy recipe ever, but this raw noodle bowl is deliciously light and healthy, especially for the summer months. I bought these beautiful rainbow carrots at the farmer’s market and was so inspired by the vibrant colors! It’s paired with a delicious miso & tahini dressing that has so much umami that my taste buds almost fell off. I hope you all love it as much as I do!

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Raw Noodle Bowl w/ Miso Tahini Dressing
 
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This raw noodle bowl is light and refreshing for summer, paired with a delicious miso tahini dressing that's full of umami!
Ingredients
Noodles
  • 3 Medium Tricolor Carrots
  • 2 Daikon Radishes
Miso Tahini Dressing
  • 2 Tbs Water
  • 1 Tbs Tahini
  • 1 Tbs Tamari
  • ½ Tbs White Miso
  • ½ Tbs Rice Wine Vinegar
Toppings
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Kale, finely chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Wash and lightly peel 3 medium carrots + 2 daikon radishes.
  2. Spiralize noodles using your spiralizer.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients until fully combined. Taste and adjust as needed.
  4. Toss dressing with noodles, adding as much as desired.
  5. To serve, sprinkle bowl with finely chopped kale and a few sprinkles of sesame seeds.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
The miso tahini dressing is slightly thin, which is how I like it. If you'd like to make yours a bit more substantial, add another tablespoon of tahini for a thicker consistency.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Rachael@AvocadoADayNutrition
    August 6, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    This looks so refreshing! There’s a raw vegan restaurant near me that makes a fantastic Asian noodle bowl – I bet yours is similar! Need to try it out so I can save myself the $13 every month 🙂

    • Reply
      WellAndFull
      August 7, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Oh that’s awesome!! I wish there was a raw vegan restaurant in my area. Hope you like these noodles 😉

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    Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge)
    August 7, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Wow! This noodle bowl looks incredible- those colors! I didn’t realize they were actually carrots until I saw the ingredient list, looks just like pasta. I’ve never tried carrot noodles before but am really inspired to after seeing this. Great recipe!

    • Reply
      WellAndFull
      August 7, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Thanks Alex! I love carrot noodles because they’re so refreshing and crisp 🙂

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    kristie {birch and wild}
    August 7, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I’m not full vegan, although 90% of my meals are (the other 10% being vegetarian), but I totally agree with everything you say about veganism. In fact, you made me spit out my coffee from laughing describing telling a person that you don’t eat protein! I have done the same thing!

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      WellAndFull
      August 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Hahaha I’m glad it made you laugh, girl! I swear I’m really trying to stay patient with these people, but sometimes I can’t help myself! I know vegetarians are essentially in the same boat. So it’s nice to see that someone understands the struggle!! 😉

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    Lola Byatt
    August 7, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    LOLZ I totally loved your comeback…i think I might start doing that. I’m not a vegan but I have tried it and I was burdened with similar questions.

    • Reply
      WellAndFull
      August 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Haha if you try it out, let me know how it goes!! 😉

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    Cady | Wild Heart of Life
    August 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Hahaha Sarah! You’re a sass master! I agree it’s hard to be patient when it feels like everyone thinks being vegan is some radical choice. Just yesterday, I was at a bakery for lunch and just about every food they had had butter and/or cheese (#Vermontproblems). I asked if anything was vegan, and the girl at the counter said “Will gluten-free work?” Face palm moment of my own. So produce it was. ‘Twas way better than a cold-cut sandwich anyway. 🙂

    • Reply
      Sarah
      August 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Hahaha because of course, vegan and gluten-free = the same thing. But hopefully as veganism becomes more and more mainstream, the silly questions will end. Sigh. A girl can dream!! 😉

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    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    August 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    These “noodles” look so pretty. I am recently really getting into tahini, so I’m excited to try your dressing. I went to an all vegetarian school growing up, so I am well versed in the type of questions you are getting. Growing up I was always surrounded by people who didn’t eat meat and understood that way of eating from a nutritional perspective. However, whenever we went on vacation or to visit relatives etc… we were bombarded with the types of questions you related.
    Now I’m off to the kitchen. I Just got back from the farmers market with my bags full of deliciousness!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      August 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      I’m glad you can relate! 😉 Have fun with your farmer’s market haul!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Erica
    August 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    These colors!!! So so pretty. And it looks so fresh! Love it.

    • Reply
      Sarah
      August 10, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Erica! 🙂

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    Sophie | The Green Life
    August 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I love this! I’m not 100% vegan myself but I also get that question a lot. There’s protein in so many plant based foods, it’s a lot more easier than what most people think to get enough.
    I love how simple yet delicious and refreshing this bowl sounds! Tahini + miso is a match made in heaven!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      August 10, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Sophie!! Tahini and miso may be the new peanut butter + jelly 😉

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    Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
    August 10, 2015 at 12:44 am

    This looks lovely, Sarah. Love the miso tahini dressing ♥

    And THAT question… I think the frustrating part about questions like that is that they often literally mean nothing to the person asking them… Like most people have no idea how much protein they themselves are eating — it’s just become such an autopilot question…

    • Reply
      Sarah
      August 10, 2015 at 7:49 am

      That is such a good point, Audrey. I highly doubt any of these inquisitive non-vegans actually care how much protein we eat, nor are they even aware of their own protein intake. *Sigh* One day the silly questions will stop. Maybe. 😉

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    August 10, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I love the flavors in this dish. As for your words on veganism – as with everything, a sprinkle of grace and patience goes a long way 😉 I’m sure I make lots of people want to smack their heads with things I don’t know every day (haha). Great info on vegan protein, though, way to spread the knowledge. Hugs friend! <3

    • Reply
      Sarah
      August 10, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Ahh Jessie you’re such a good influence. I promise I try to be patient, I really do, but it’s just so darn hard sometimes!! Thanks for helping me keep in line though 😉

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    Julia | Orchard Street Kitchen
    August 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love anything with tahini. And I always get the protein question too, which is quite funny. But I usually view it as an opportunity to debunk the myth that protein only comes from meat!

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      Sarah
      August 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      That’s such a great attitude to have! I didn’t mean to portray myself who snarkily responds to anyone who asks where I get my protein from… to the people who have genuine intentions in asking, I love explaining about vegan sources of protein. Other people just like to ask it to push buttons, so they have it coming 😉

  • Reply
    Laura
    August 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    This whole post resonates with me so much. It is all so true. And the noodle bowl looks great too:) I’m a huge fan of veggies turned into noodles!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      August 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I’m really glad you can relate, Laura! I’ve been worried that I’ve come off as a total meanie in my little exchange I wrote about, but the questions just seem never ending! And the worse part is, the guy who asked me literally had NO concern about my actual health – he just wanted to push my buttons. But this gal’s buttons will NOT be pushed #GIRLPOWER 😉

  • Reply
    Sarah @ Bourgeois Essence
    October 7, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Since surely 1 year I want to try a raw noodle bowl. I have seen so many wonderful recepies that always speak to me.
    The fact that you use tahini is just the cherry on the top. I love tahini and eat it very often. I usually combine it with eggplant. I will definitely try your miso-tahini dressing… looks delicious

    • Reply
      Sarah
      October 7, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Sarah!! 😀

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