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When all else fails, the answer is always Zen, especially in all matters related to food. With the exception of Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache & Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (more!more!more!) or if anyone wants to make me a big ol’ plate of Lobster Nachos (pile it on baby!)

Photo by Lisa Keating

Photo by Lisa Keating

For the ultimate in Asian sauce simplicity, I found the answer in Mollie Katzen’s The Heart of the Plate. Mollie is known for her 6+ million books in print and her easy (and Zen!) way of creating healthy vegetarian meals.

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Her Miso Almond Sauce that we’ve tossed with noodles have only 3 ingredients. There’s not even cooking involved in the making of this sauce. Watch the video to find out which ingredients create the perfect blend of savory, tangy and creamy!

 Miso Almond Sauce Recipe Video

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 Miso Almond Sauce Recipe

 Miso Almond Sauce Recipe

 

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Miso Almond Sauce Recipe

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 2 minutes

This sauce is great at room temperature (for a dip) or warmed and tossed with any type of noodles you want. We've also used it as a marinade with big chunks of vegetables for kabobs; tossed with roasted cauliflower (and sprinkle with sesame seeds). In other words, it's very versatile.

Also, we substituted peanut butter for the almond butter a couple of times and loved it just as much. Any nut butter will work.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon miso paste
3 tablespoons almond butter (or any nut butter)
1/4 cup apple juice

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together the miso paste and almond butter until very smooth. If it helps, add in a tablespoon of the apple juice. Once the miso and almond butter are combined, whisk in the remaining apple juice.

Warm in microwave or saucepan if you wish. We served with cooked noodles and a minced green onions.