Just the other day, I came up with a recipe on the fly.
I had seen some peas still in their pods ready to be shelled, and remembered on an episode of Top Chef how Jacques Pepin just LOVED freshly shelled peas (and Carla was to cook his “Last Meal” with them).
Not ever having had freshly shelled peas in my life, I bought a small bunch out of curiousity.
Then I walked by the lettuce and saw pea shoots, and figured it was a match made in heaven.
I ended up with this dish:
Buckwheat Soba with Freshly Shelled Peas and a Zucchini Miso Dressing
15 minutes to prepare
People always ask me these days out of bemusement and curiousity ever since I turned 99% vegan:
But …what do you eat!?
I sympathize because I said the same thing not too long ago.
I couldn’t figure out a meal plan to save my life that did not include meat, seafood, eggs, or dairy products.
As the months have passed, I just realized it was a matter of thinking differently. Imagine that these products didn’t exist, and make a creative meal accordingly.
It is a LOT easier and faster to cook with meat and eggs to make a meal, than it is to look at some vegetables and come up with a dish.
I am forced to be more creative, and came up with this dish.
For instance for this dish, I knew I needed a kind of dressing because I thought initially that I’d eat this dressing poured over my pea shoots with some fresh peas, so I made this recipe up:
ZUCCHINI MISO DRESSING
Lately, I have been pureeing zucchinis into my Green Smoothies to drink (you don’t even taste them), but I remember a long time ago I made a Zucchini Hummus on the fly (mixed with Chickpeas) and rather liked the result.
This is how I created the Zucchini Miso dressing!
RECIPE FOR ZUCCHINI MISO DRESSING
- 1 whole zucchini (peeled) and diced into small cubes
- 1 spoonful of miso paste (white, or brown rice, or any kind on hand), done to your taste / liking
- 1 teaspoon of ancho chili powder for a kick [optional], or you can just add pepper
- 2 tablespoons of water — you can add oil like sesame oil, but a lot of oil makes me break out
- NO SALT ADDED!! — The miso paste is salty on its own
Side Note: It’s best to eat miso paste raw if possible. When you cook it, you kill the good enzymes and all the benefits to eating miso in the first place.
- Throw it all in a blender or food processor and puree it; I use an immersion blender.
Then I thought: Okay, so let’s shell the peas.
FRESHLY SHELLED, RAW PEAS
I shelled them, took a taste and loved how they were raw, as is.
I kept them raw. I didn’t even cook them. Shelled them, and rinsed them.
Then I wondered if I needed something hot and comforting like rice or noodles, and decided to pour it all over buckwheat noodles, which gave me this recipe.
I cooked the buckwheat noodles in boiling water for 4 minutes, and then drained them.
Lastly, I chopped up pea sprouts as a garnish, and threw them on top for a fresh crunch (a good fresh contrasting bite between super hot yummy noodles) and got this delicious, yummy vegan meal:
You can add soy sauce to taste. I added so little miso in the dressing (afraid of salt), that I needed just a splash of soy sauce to bring it all together.
The peas give a nice, sweet crunch, the pea sprouts are another fresh addition to something so warm and comforting like soba noodles, and best of all, it took me only 15 minutes to prepare in total, preparation and cooking time included!