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Normally I work on new recipe every week. However, I recently resolved to take the summer off.  This year I made the decision to engage in some reading for pleasure and maybe even pull a weed or two in the garden. That meant we would be eating a lot of salads and veggie wraps for supper.

But alas, fate intervened. While dining out with friends I ordered a Thai bowl that was out of this world scrumptious and my plans to read and weed faded like yesterday’s news.

My resolution transformed into a reflection. Bowls have become my new obsession!

You won’t be disappointed with this Asian inspired bowl. It is quick and easy to prepare. The components are not plated in sections like a typical bowl dish. I threw all the vegetables in the skillet together and marinated them together as well. If you’re not feeling as lazy as this girl was you can cook, marinade and plate each set of vegetables separately.
Fresh ingredients are a must as they make a huge difference in the taste profile of this dish. Now that we are into the summer months, they should be readily available for purchase.
This bowl is delicious served hot or cold. Enjoy!

Serves 2-4

4 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup
1 tsp-1 tbsp sesame oil (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp zested ginger root

8 oz mushrooms (variety of your choosing)
2-3 large carrots, Julienne
1 red pepper, Julienne
1 small head of broccoli, roughly cut
1 small-medium onion, sliced
1 tbsp fresh cilantro
1/2 tbsp fresh mint (about 5-6 leaves)
soba noodles, amount to your liking (I used 6 oz’s and had leftovers)
handful of peanuts
1/2 tbsp peanut butter (optional and homemade if possible)

Topping: (optional)
toasted sesame seeds
roasted peanuts

Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Heat a large skillet on high. Add mushrooms and cook until they begin to brown, a couple of minutes.
While mushrooms are cooking, Begin preparing soba noodles according to package instructions.
Add remaining vegetables to skillet and cook until they reach a desired level of tenderness, 5-10 minutes. You may want to cook each set of vegetables separately.
Add marinade, cilantro, mint, peanuts and peanut butter. Heat through, a couple of minutes.
Place soba noodles in a bowl, top with skillet ingredients and optional toppings.

Do you have a favorite bowl dish?   Please leave a comment…