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1 small zucchini, julienned
1 medium carrot, julienned
1 cup cilantro, divided, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup bean sprouts, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons almond butter
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
2 garlic cloves
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, optional
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce, or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Water

Place prepared zucchini and carrot in a large mixing bowl.
Add 1/2 cup bean sprouts and 1/2 cup cilantro. Toss
In a blender, combine 1/2 cup cilantro, almond butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic cloves, ginger, hot sauce, salt and black pepper.
Blend until smooth.
Add water slowly if a thinner dressing is desired.
Pour dressing over zucchini-carrot mixture and toss to coat evenly.
Garnish with more bean sprouts and cilantro.

Serves 1 generously

Note: Julienned zucchini and carrot can be stir-fried in a lightly oiled, sauté pan for a minute or two. This salad holds endless possibilities. Snow peas, edamame are just a few of the add-ins that can be used.

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4 ounces soba noodles (Japanese buckwheat noodles)
1 cup frozen, shelled edamame (green soybeans)
1 cup bean sprouts, washed and drained
1 cucumber, halved lengthwise, peeled, sliced with seeds removed
12 ounce package firm tofu, drained and sliced thickly
2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Sesame seeds for garnish

Cook soba noodles as stated on package.
Add edamame to the noodles for the last three minutes of cooking
Rinse with warm water
Drain well
Set aside
Dry tofu with kitchen towel
Mix a teaspoon of sesame oil with a teaspoon of soy sauce in a small bowl
Brush mixture over tofu steaks
Grill, using an indoor grill or outdoor grill for two to three minutes per side
Place noodle mixture in a large bowl
Add the bean sprouts, cucumber slices, and chopped green onions
Mix remaining soy sauce, sesame oil and lime juice in a medium bowl.
Pour over salad and toss
Garnish with cilantro leaves and sesame seeds, if desired
Serve with grilled tofu steaks arranged on top

Note: For a spicy alternative, mix into the dressing 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce or sriracha sauce