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Midlife Kitchen Recipe: Raw Pad Thai from Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice


Midlife Kitchen Recipe: Raw Pad Thai from Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice

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Another recipe from the Midlife Kitchen cookbook. All the recipes are designed to promote midlife health. Enjoy!

 

Raw Pad Thai  Recipe

 

WHY WE LOVE IT

One of our Midlife mantras is to embrace variety – and the sheer abundance of flavour, texture and colour here will clearly do wonders for you. It’s a rainbow of raw excellence, brought together with a terrific tangy dressing guaranteed to transport you to a Koh Samui beach. You’ll need a bit of time to chop and slice, but otherwise it’s a doddle. Add cubes of tofu or cooked prawns for a more substantial meal.

 

SERVES 2

1 small carrot, peeled andcut into thin strips, shaved or shredded

1 small courgette, finely sliced or cut into thin strips

50g red cabbage, very thinly sliced

50g sugar snap peas, sliced

1/2 a pepper (orange, yellowor red), deseeded and thinlysliced

2 spring onions, sliced diagonally

1 mild red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced

a handful of bean sprouts

a handful of coriander leaves

a handful of mint leaves, plus sprigs to serve

 

FOR THE DRESSING

2 tbsp coconut milk

finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter (100 per cent peanuts, no sugar)

2 tsp soy sauce

2 tsp tahini

1 tsp Thai fish sauce (nam pla)

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp maple syrup

1cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 lemon grass stalk, tough outer layers removed, finely chopped

 

TO SERVE

20g peanuts, crushed

2 tsp Midlife Sesame

Seasoning, see page 32 or below, or sesame seeds

 

Place all the vegetables and herbs in a large bowl and mix well.

Place all the dressing ingredients in a jar, seal with the lid and shake well until combined.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well, then arrange on a serving plate. Top with the peanuts, seeds and extra mint sprigs and serve.

 

Health Tip

Peanuts are not, in fact, a nut but a legume. In addition to

their ‘good’ fat content, peanuts contain an array of other

nutrients that have been shown to promote heart health.

 

Midlife Sesame Seasoning

 

WHY WE LOVE IT

An excellent ‘semi-salt’, this seasoning includes sesame seeds for a shot of added fibre, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s a simple combination based on a 1:10 ratio that goes to the heart of what makes the Midlife Kitchen tick: bumping up the health benefits, pumping up the flavour and trying something new that takes mere seconds to prepare. The Japanese call this seasoning gomashio; try adding ground nori seaweed sheets to the mix if your taste for umami stretches that far.

 

MAKES APPROX. 4 TBSP

10 tsp black (or white) sesame seeds

1 tsp sea salt flakes

 

Using a pestle and mortar, pound the sesame seeds until lightly crushed (alternatively, whizz in a blender), then combine with the salt.

Transfer the mixture to a jar and use as an alternative to salt.

 

Try This…

* On dark green salads

* With French beans

* Sprinkled on an omelette or scrambled eggs

Midlife Hack: Semi-salts can really reduce your salt consumption, while adding dazzling nutrient-rich flavour to any number of dishes.

 

Health Tip

For such an unassuming little seed, sesame brings quite a lot to the Midlife party:

protein, fibre, B vitamins, calcium and iron are just some of their nutrient line-up, guarding against health issues such as high cholesterol and osteoarthritis. They are also a source of phytoestrogens, which can promote the cardiovascular health of menopausal women.

The Midlife Kitchen: health-boosting recipes for midlife & beyondMidlife Kitchen - Final Cover (2) is available from Amazon

 

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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