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Portabella Mushrooms and Noodles
Recipe from Cathy Fisher and her excellent blog, Straight Up Food!, where you'll find an array of vegan recipes without added salt, oil, or sugar. ©2013 Cathy Fisher.

This hearty Asian noodle dish is made without soy sauce, salt, or oil, but it's still full of flavor, with garlic, cilantro, ginger, curry, and lime juice -- and for those that like it a little spicy, some optional red pepper flakes.

1 cup water
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons white, hulled sesame seeds
2 medjool dates, pitted
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
1/2 tsp salt-free poultry seasoning (vegan)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 package soba noodles
water to boil noodles
water to saute
1 yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic (2-3 cloves)
3 portabellas, diced into 1/2-inch squares
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup shelled edamame soybeans
1 bunch kale, cut to bite-size (5-6 cups)
1 cup cilantro, measure then roughly chop

Place all the sauce ingredients into a blender and set aside to soak (blend later). Start a large pot of water to boil the noodles and cook the noodles according to the package. Drain and rinse with cool water. Place the cooked, drained noodles back into their cooking pot and set aside.
Chop the vegetables and herbs before you start cooking: mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, kale, garlic, and cilantro, and place into bowls or onto a plate so everything is ready to go.
Set a large skillet to high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the onions and saute with a couple tablespoons of water, stirring to avoid sticking, 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic, bell pepper, mushrooms, kale and soy beans, and stir. Reduce heat to medium. Place the cover on the pan and let cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Add a little water only if necessary.)
While the vegetables are cooking, blend all the sauce ingredients that have been soaking, until smooth. Add to the pot of noodles, along with the sauteed vegetables and cilantro. Stir thoroughly. You don't need to cook it any further at this point; after stirring it all together, it should be warm enough if your noodles are still hot. If not, heat for 2 more minutes to warm throughout. Optional: garnish with some sesame seeds, chopped cilantro, or grated nuts. (Serves 4 to 6.)

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