Rice Vermicelli with Primavera Sauce

By: Esther Vasa

Rice Vermicelli with Primavera Sauce is a quick and easy recipe without gluten or casein. You could use primavera sauce prepared here for any other pasta. The combination of vegetables, herbs and spices gives it a rich aroma and unique flavor. Wild mushrooms (in this recipe, oyster mushrooms) have anti-inflammatory properties. Peppers have alkalizing effect on your body. The herbs have their own healing properties.

Rice Vermicelli - 1/2 packet
Tomatoes - 2 chopped
Cilantro (just the leaves) - 1 tbsp
Chopped Basil - 1 tbsp
Fresh Rosemary - 1 tbsp
Fresh Thyme - 1 tbsp
Mint Leaves - 1 tbsp
Chopped Garlic - 6 cloves
Onion - 1 chopped coarsely
Oyster Mushrooms or any wild variety de-stemmed and chopped - 1 cup
Carrots, corn and beans combo - 1 cup
Chopped Collard Greens - 1 cup (packed tight)
Mixed Bell Peppers - 1 cup
Cayenne Pepper - a few pinches
Nutmeg - a few pinches
Himalayan Salt to taste
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother - 2 tbsp
Juice of one whole lemon
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
Water 1/4th cup
Enough water to boil vermicelli

Bring enough salted water to a boil in a pasta pot. Boil vermicelli just for 3 minutes. Immediately strain and run under cold water to stop cooking. Run your knife through the vermicelli randomly to separate it. Using fork fluff it and set aside.

Blend tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, basil, mint, thyme, rosemary, vinegar, lemon juice and the 1/4th cup of water. Set the blended mixture aside.

Heat up the oil in a large wok and add onions and allow them to cook for a minute. Then add the oyster mushrooms, carrots, corn and green beans with some salt and cayenne pepper and allow these to cook for 4 minutes. Then, mix in the collard greens and let it sit for about a minute until the leaves get wilted. Next, add the peppers and toss the ingredients. Put the blended mixture from the previous step and sprinkle salt, pepper and nutmeg; let the veggies cook for about 4 minutes in the mixture. This is your primavera sauce.

Transfer the fluffy vermicelli into a large pasta mixing bowl and top it with the primavera sauce prepared in the above step. Mix it well with tongs and serve it with broiled chicken or turkey.