What should we pack up for dinner to take to the park/beach/family gathering….etc??
Question of the summer season.
Well, do I have your answer! A non-fuss, easy and delicious to-go summer meal to make your park picnic that much less work!
As the weather begins to turn I find myself creating more and more grab and go dinners. As I’m sure you do, I want something I can make quickly and is easy to pack to the park. This weekend while visiting my family, we planned for a Mother’s Day dinner on the beach. With 6 people plus bevy’s, this can seem like an overwhelming task. Our time together is precious and limited meaning, I want more time sipping margy’s at the playa then chopping, baking, blending in the kitchen.
I quickly threw this recipe together adding all the ingredients to a large bowl, packed up some to-go utensils and plates, and headed out for sunset. Not only was it a fuss-free picnic-style dinner, but the whole family also LOVED it! None of which are vegan BTW!
As for the dressing, throw all ingredients into a blender and all it a day!
So with this recipe being tried and true I had to share it for the Easy Eats Monday edition.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:
- Easy to make
- Make in batch for grab and go lunches/dinners
- Crowd pleaser! Everyone loves it!
- Perfect for potlucks and picnics
- Healthy, satiating, and fuss-free!
- Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, low carb
A NUTRITIONIST’S CHOICE:
- Edamame noodles: I used Explore Cuisines edamame noodles for a delicious high protein, gluten-free noodle option. I love the texture of these noodles as they are one of the tastier and best-textured gluten-free noodles I’ve tried. Made completely from edamame flour which comes from the edamame bean, these delicious noodles offer the following benefits:
- High in protein. 1 cup of edamame beans is 18.5 grams of protein. This is an excellent nutritious source of protein especially for those following a plant-based diet. Read more on how much protein you should be aiming for here.
- Edamame does not spike blood sugar making it a great option for those who are diabetic or prediabetic.
- High in folate. Folate, also known at vitamin B9, is essential for the production of DNA, RNA, and red and white blood cells in our bone marrow. This is why it is crucial pregnant women have an adequate amount of folate during their pregnancy. Vitamin B9 also helps provide energy by converting carbohydrates into ready to use energy.
The recipe is also high in:
- Healthy fats- peanut butter
- Vitamin K- carrots
- Antioxidants- cilantro
- Fibre & Promotes Healthy Gut- mango
- Vitamin C- cabbage
Let’s get it going!
Rainbow Peanut Salad
- 4 cups edamame bean noodles I use Explore Cuisines (1 box = 4 servings)
- 3 cups carrot shavings Use a vegetable peeler to create shavings
- 3 cups purple cabbage thinly sliced
- 1 whole bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup cilantro thinly sliced
- 1 mango chopped and de-pitted
Peanut Ginger Lime Dressing
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp liquid aminos or gluten free soy sauce
- 2 tbsp ginger
- 1 tbsp siratcha
- 1/2 lime peeled
- 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic
- honey, stevia or monk fruit to taste
- splash of water
- Add all dressing ingredients to a blend and blend for 40-60 seconds
- Cook noodles while preparing all other ingredients
- Once noodles are cooked and cooled, evenly distribute all ingredients
- Toss with dressing and enjoy!