I went to the food pantry this morning and we gave out rutabaga, carrots, and sweet peppers. I usually like to play a little game with myself and make something with one of the vegetables we give out, so I quickly browsed through my bookmarked recipes and found Orange Glazed Carrots and Bok Choy with Rice Noodles from the Jesse's Happy Go Lucky Vegan blog. Yes, the name is a mouthful and trust me, you'll want a mouthful of this dish!
I already had some of the major ingredients on hand (rice noodles, orange, spices) or could sub some in, so that was another bonus besides including carrots.
The ingredient list looks a little long but it all comes together quickly. I mixed up the two sauces first, subbing agave for brown rice syrup and a serrano pepper for the red chile. I also don't have sesame oil and while I'm sure it would have tasted great, I used canola oil and nothing exploded.
The glaze never really "glazed" for me, maybe I didn't cook it down enough first, but it still tasted delicious. I was a little wary while it cooked because it smelled super-orangey and like cloves and I'm not a huge fan of sweet sauces but when paired with the more soy-sauced noodles and the spices of the pepper, it was really, really good.
I topped the bowl with chopped leek (another sub for scallion) and sesame seeds - those I do have! Leftovers for lunch and everyone's happy.
Even with the number of bookmarked recipes still in my folder, I can definitely see myself coming back to this recipe. Thanks, Jesse!
Oh, and as an aside - I finished my newest issue of my food zine, Marmalade Umlaut! If you're interested on hearing a little more about the food pantry, I have a round-up about the experience and my thoughts on government food aid in the zine, along with a couple of recipes, a poem, some fall produce tips, and randomness. There's a paypal link on the right sidebar, or e-mail me if you'd like a copy! Thanks!