Raw and Spicy Noodles

A friend and I have decided to do a 90 day, 100%,  raw food cleanse.  
Most days it is a raw, organic cake walk.  
Some days, after I make the family a delicious, homemade meal
or we go to a party,
Not so easy.  
I've assembled this recipe for those moments.  
When I just need something filling, grounding and completely satisfying.



For those of you who have never experienced kelp noodles, they are a great alternative to a wheat or rice noodle.  They are raw, a sea vegetable, and fill the belly in a delicious sort of way.  
You can use them in soups, mac and cheese, stir-frys or with a marinara.  Use with raw sauces or cooked toppings, they are a wonderful and mineral rich substitute.  I have been enjoying the "Sea Tangle" brand.  

A side note about kelp noodle preparation:
I recommend rinsing them well, and then emptying the bag into a bowl and immersing them in hot water for at least 30 minutes. 
I also prefer, when possible, to put my dressing on them and let them marinate at room temperature for a while before eating, to soften them up further. If not, they can have a funny crunchy texture, which can be ok, too.

If you don't have access to kelp noodles, homemade zucchini noodles from a spiralizer or veggie peeler work great for this recipe too!

And on to the Raw and Spicy Noodles!

Noodles
1 lb Kelp Noodles
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup chopped scallion
1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
3 Tbsp chopped Parsley

SAUCE
1/3 cup smooth, raw almond butter
1/4 cup soy sauce (Tamari, nama shoyu, coconut aminos, braggs liquid aminos)
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sesame oil
2 dates, soaked 30 min
2 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)

After preparing kelp noodles, toss noodle ingredients into a large bowl.  

Blend sauce ingredients well.

Pour sauce onto noodles and mix well.  
Top with optional sesame seeds.

Let sit 1 hour at room temp to further soften noodles.
Enjoy warm or cold.