At my first Raw Spirit Festival in ’08, Sedona AZ, I came across Kelp Noodles. My friend John Schott from LifeFood Gourmet had a table at the festival and made an awesome tomato Italian sauce for these noodles. I got the last bowl he was selling and boy I’ve been hooked since then!
So when we got back to FL, Denis went online and looked them up… he ordered them and I’ve been making different sauces for them. My favorite is Coconut Curry sauce I created by accident trying to copy a red Thai chili sauce.
WhatÂ I enjoy most about this sauce and the noodles is that is easy to prepare and makes a great “fancy” meal when I’m tired and don’t want to send a lot of time in the kitchen.
**To make it spicy (picante) add more chili peppers
First make the curry paste by putting the garlic, cumin, curry, coriander, turmeric, ginger, cilantro, chilies, salt, lemon, olive oil in the food processor and mixing until it becomes a paste. Add the nut milk and coconut oil and continue to mix.
Rinse the noodles well and put aside in a bowl to mix. Add sauce, red pepper strips, and optional vegetables (peas, carrots, celery). Mix well and let it sit for a few minutes.
Denis is supper addicted to chocolate and it has been a real challenge for him to stop eating chocolate (raw cacao). But once in awhile we both breakdown and make these brownies. I used to call them Midnight brownies because they would keep me up all night. But Denis prepares them and has perfected the recipe as time goes by and so now I call them Chubby Hubby Raw Brownies.
1 cup of almond flour
1 cup of chocolate powder
1/4 cup flax seeds meal* (powder)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup agave
2 Tbs. of Maca
1 Tbs. of Mesquite
Pinch of Salt
1 Tsp. of ashwagandha
1 Tsp. of shilajit
1 Tbs. of vanilla powder
Mix in food processor until you get the brownie consistency. Mold into squares or any shape wanted. Eat next to a love one and watch TV all night.
When someone doesnâ€™t feel like making food or cooking, they order take out or go out to eat. And if budgets are tight, most of us have a recipe we make for those days when we just donâ€™t feel creative about making food or are tired.
My dadâ€™s recipe for those occasions was scramble eggs with rice, tomatoes, and onions. He would fry the chopped onions, tomatoes, and left over rice and throw a few whipped eggs and make a meal out of that. For many years before we became raw vegans, I would use my fatherâ€™s recipe for when I felt tired and didnâ€™t want order take out food.
I now have a raw vegan version of this recipe that is very quick to prepare and tastes amazing.
Put the almonds in the food processor with the flax seed powder, turmeric, cumin, and salt. Process to a powder and set aside in a bowl.
Almond Powder and Tomatoes in Food Processor
Using the same food processor (no need to wash it), put cut tomatoes, onions, oil, cilantro, and salt to taste. Pulse to make a semi-chunky salsa and avoid making it too liquidy. If you are using the jalapeno pepper, add them to the salsa to make it as spicy as you can handle. Add the salsa to the powdered almonds and mix without making to mushy.
Mixing Powder and Salsa
Serve over shredded lettuce, I use the lettuce to replace the rice in my fatherâ€™s recipe. Slice the avocado and serve on the side. This serves two people, a tiny woman and a big Russian!
I recently added something else to this recipe; Iâ€™ve been using pumpkin seed oil and pour it over avocado. Itâ€™s delicious!
Valentineâ€™s Day is a romantic holiday but who said you had to stick to the usual gifts that may not go with your green lifestyle? Here are five gifts ideas for your green significant other:
Jewelry is the most common gift to give to your loved one on Valentineâ€™s Day. So why not make it something eco-friendly that didnâ€™t cause peopleâ€™s lives? Here are gifts from recycled, reused, and/or natural materials that will go excellent with your â€œgreenâ€ Valentineâ€™s Day.
There are many companies that make accessories that help a good cause. Iâ€™m choosing Hemp Sisters (Earth Divas) this time because they have a great variety of green gifts for your significant other.
Romantic Evening â€“ Do a Home Spa
Gaiam is a great site with wonderful gifts for any occasion. I picked this â€œHealing Home Spaâ€ set because it a great way to show your loved one that you care for their health and the earth.
When you are Ready to Commit
Compost buckets! Not your typical romantic gift, but it will make a statement that you both are ready to take the next step in your â€œgreenâ€ path and commit to it.
Something Practical for All
This is a great gift if you know you significant other has everything and doesnâ€™t need another necklace, ring, earrings, etc., or your family doesnâ€™t exchange gifts. I picked Tonic, formerly Green Dimes, for this occasion because itâ€™s a great way to stay green by eliminating unnecessary junk mailings that are cause trash. Not a typical romantic gift, but a very original idea!
So now that you picked the gift, all that is left are the card, the flowers, the chocolates, and dinner.
Picking a card that is green is easy. Most places sell now cards made or recycle paper etc. However, if you want to take one green step further, check out these cards that have wild flower seeds that can be planted to grow. Very original and will impress your â€œgreenâ€ significant other.
If your honey is like me, they wonâ€™t want flowers and may prefer plants. However, if they do like flowers, here is an organic shop that has a great variety for this special occasion.
Take this opportunity to try raw vegan chocolate. I have many raw favorites, but for Valentineâ€™s Day Iâ€™m recommending Gnosis Chocolates.
If you are truly green, you will want to go to a vegetarian or vegan restaurant. To locate a local place to take your significant other for dinner, use Happy Cow. And if you are in South Florida and want an impressive restaurant, try Sublime.
Happy Green Valentineâ€™s Day! Remember that the most important part of this holiday is LOVE!
One Saturday morning I woke up waiting a green juice. So I took everything green out of the refrigerator and juice it. I usually donâ€™t juice greens because I get a fantastic green juice at Joshâ€™s Organic Garden called the â€œThank Godâ€ five days a week. Not only does Josh have the best greens ever, but also their juicing method is out of the world.
So I have gotten used to drinking green juices five days a week and Saturdays they are not open. I washed all my greens and juiced them including two apples because my juicer is not as great as the one at the Juice Bar. And now it has become a tradition to wake up Saturday mornings and juice the greens.
Here is what I juice:
3 types of Kale (dinosaur, red, and green)
3 types of chard (red, yellow, and white)
Florida Romaine lettuce
Dandelion, Spinach, Collard Greens
Celery, Carrots, Cucumber
2 apples (optional)
I juice everything and put it in a jar, mix in about 2/3 of water, and some pH drops. I save half of that for my sweetie and he adds a lime/lemon to his juice, and I add the two juiced apples to mine.
One of my favorite cooked dishes was Russian borsch. It was my favorite soup to make for Denis and when we became vegetarians I stopped using beef to make it. However, when we became raw, I had a hard time finding a recipe for borsch that I liked. Finally, I invented my own and liked how it came out.Â The almond milk gives it a “sour cream” feeling to it.Â I have actually made this soup with golden beets as well.Â So I hope you enjoy it as well!
1/2 cup of raw almonds & water (or 1 cup of raw almond milk)
1 medium size tomato
2 medium size beet
3/4 cup shredded cabbage
Garlic and onion to taste
Salt to taste
Blend the almonds and water to make almond milk. Strain the milk in a nut bag or if you want to keep the pulp, donâ€™t strain. Poor the milk back into the blender and add one beet, one carrot, and the tomato. Add some salt, garlic, onion, and olive oil and blend until smooth. Put aside in a bowl.
Shred the other carrot and beet and add to the soup base.Â I use my food processor with a shredding blade to save time. Add cabbage and dill.
Pour in serving bowls and add some olive oil on the top.
Whenever I donâ€™t feel like making a complicated dish for dinner or I have run out of greens, I make this hummus I learned at this yearâ€™s Raw Spirit Fest in D.C. I also add some cut veggies, usually left over veggies, to make a â€œMediterraneanâ€ dinner or plate that comes out amazing with very little effort.
Using the food processor, combine the seeds and nuts; add tahini, olive oil, salt, garlic, cumin, lemon or line juice and begin mixing. After most of the nuts are grind, begin adding some water until you reach the desired consistency. I personally like it very smooth and liquid, but you can decide how much water to add. Add the sun dried black olives and continue to mix in the food processor until smooth.
Cut other vegetables such as broccoli, celery, carrots, cucumbers, red peppers, etc, and serve as a meal. It takes a few minutes and everyone loves the hummus.
Kimchi is one of my favorite dishes ever! I think I can eat it almost everyday. Here is my way of making raw vegan kimchi.
1 Napa cabbage or Chinese cabbage
Real Salt (first to salt the cabbage and then to salt the whole recipe)
5 to 7 cloves of garlic
Peeled Ginger to taste (I use about 1 inch square of a ginger root)
1 red pepper
1 jalapeÃ±o pepper or cayenne pepper (not powder)
1 yellow onion
1/4 cup Bariani Olive oil
Chili flakes and pepper flakes to taste
10 Scallions julienned or cut in long strips (lots of scallions is what makes this recipe)
Wash the cabbage and separate the leaves. Let the water drip off the cabbage and get a container ready to place the cabbage for the salting part of the recipe and another container to press down the cabbage. Line up some leaves on the container put salt all over. Add another layer of leaves on top and add more salt and repeat until you use all the leaves and salt every layer. Use the other container to press down the cabbage. Let sit for 8 hours or overnight until all the cabbage is soaked in the salty water. You can let it sit more time to ferment more, but it wonâ€™t probably be raw at that point. You can also choose to let it sit less time, but I find that 8 hours is just perfect. Taste the cabbage and if itâ€™s too salty for your taste, rinse it, but if itâ€™s fine, just dumped the residual water.
Cabbage and salt in layers
To make the paste, I like to use my juicer to mince all the ingredients for the red paste. However, you can use a vegetable chopper or a food processor for this part. So mince or chop or process the garlic, ginger, red pepper, onion, and some of the red pepper flakes or jalapeÃ±o pepper or cayenne pepper. When I put this thru my juicer using the mince blades, there is also some juice that comes out which will make the paste a bit more liquidly and thatâ€™s why I donâ€™t have to add water to this recipe. If you use a food processor or a chopper you may have to add a few spoons of water and the olive oil. Mix this paste and taste it for flavor. Depending on the saltiness of the cabbage and of the paste, you may want to make sure they will balance each other.
Peppers and Garlic for Kimchi
Using the same washed container, spread some of the paste at the bottom of the dish and take some of the scallions and spread them over the pasteâ€¦ you are going to layer the cabbage and paste like a lasagna. Take some cabbage and cover the first layer of the paste, and then add some more paste and scallions over the cabbage and keep layering in that order. Once you used all the cabbage and paste, cover the container and refrigerate for a few hours (4 to 6 hours). If you have cabbage or paste left over, just add it to the sides or try to fill in every space in the container.
I get about 6 to 8 servings out of this because I use a lot of it in different salads. I like to take a cucumber and chop it small cubes to add to the kimchi.
One of the hardest things to give up for me was Asian food such as Japanese, Thai, and Korean. So Iâ€™ve created several recipes to make up for my favorite dishes and flavors I miss. Hope you enjoy them too!
1 inch cube ginger
1 Tbs. brown miso paste (unpasteurized)
Garlic, olive oil, and salt to taste
Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until mixed. Serve immediately and add cilantro to decorate.
Decorating tip: Add some avocado, sprouts, and pour some olive oil.
Cucumber Spicy Noodles
3 medium size peeled cucumbers
Â¼ red peppers sliced or julienned
Â½ romaine lettuce
Â½ jalapeÃ±o pepper or cayenne pepper (or powder)
2 Tbs. of Nama Shoyu or Braggs
A handful of cilantro
Sesame seeds (black if possible)
Using a spiral-slicer cut the cucumber to make noodles and put aside. In a bowl, mix the Nama Shoyu or Braggs (or both) with the olive oil, cayenne, and chopped cilantro. If using jalapeÃ±o peppers, mix in food processor. Cut the romaine lettuce and make a bed of lettuce in each plate. Put the noodles and cut red peppers on top of lettuce. Pour the dressing on each plate and sprinkle some sesame seeds and more olive oil.
Decorating Tip: you can also cut some fresh tomatoes and add to dish.
Computer bag, Hiking bag, and Lunch bag ready for our trip!
In the two years weâ€™ve been vegan raw foodists weâ€™ve travel quite often and have been able to eat what we are used to eating at home and not struggle finding food during the trip.
How do we do it? This is a very common question we get asked all the time. In the last trip we took, to DC for the RSF, I was in the plane and decided it was time to write about it. So here are my top ten tips to travel raw!
First, check the rules for traveling with foods, liquids, etc as they are constantly changing. If you travel internationally chances are itâ€™s a bit more difficult to bring some vegetables and fruits with you are on the plane. Second, check to find the closest organic markets, local farmers markets, and raw food or vegan restaurants around the area you are staying. We love HappyCow.com because it helps us plan ahead where we will be dining once we arrive at the location. It also shows me all local markets and their contact information. Using this information, we map the places we want to go to and decide where to eat or shop for food.
Helpful tip: Write down the phone numbers and hours of operation of the places you want to visit.
Bring Your Own Food
We always carry Avocados, lettuce, and cucumbers with us for the plane ride. I also include enough fruits, nuts, and seeds for the ride.Â So far, we haven’t had any issues at security. We have a lunch bag that qualifies as a carry-on where we put all our food for the plan ride. Yes! You do have to run it through the x-ray but it’s better than the â€œglow-in-the-darkâ€ food at the airport.
Helpful tip: carry extra bags for compost such peels, seeds, etc.
We loved our olive oil and can’t live without it. So we’ve emptied and old vanilla extract bottle that is about 2 oz and washed and filled it up with Barianiâ€™s Olive Oil to carry with us in the plane ride. Using the foods we bring and the olive oil, we make ourselves a nice meal sometimes in the plane or at the airport while connecting.
Helpful tip: Go to any food court and ask for a plate or container to use for making your food.
This is a topic that is very delicate with most people who are healthy. Saltâ€¦ we like it and we need it. We use Real Salt and carry it with us everywhere. We have it in the car, at work, in my purse, everywhere. So when we fly or travel, it’s always with us.
Helpful tip: Real Salt has a small container that can be refilled.
Traveling Lunch Bag
Water, Green Powder and pH Drops
Water is possibly the most important part of traveling. Since we can’t carry liquids anymore, the first thing we do after the security check is get water. If you are lucky, some airports carry water with a high pH that will help you keep hydrated during your trip. If you are driving, I suggest taking your own water with you in a cooler. We also use a green powder and pH drops to add to the water. This helps us stay hydrated and get all the vitamins our bodies need while traveling. We even carry lemons or limes to squeeze into the water to that it stay freshâ€¦ yes that’s more complicated, but we now carry our lemon squeezer!
Helpful tip: if you carry your lemon squeezer (like we do), take it out of the bag during security check and set it on top of your jacket so that they don’t go through your lunch bag.
We always do desserts because if you pass the cinnamon bun stand at the airport, chances are you would be tempted to have one. If a fruit serves as dessert, bring apples and bananas as they are the easiest to carry. If you donâ€™t consider a fruit dessert, then bring something sweet for the trip. We like to make nut and dried fruit bags for the trip. Sometimes we carry raw chocolate bars, not good if you are planning to sleep in the plane. Also, we recently discover raw cookies in a package by Go Raw and they are perfect for traveling.
We carry two to four tea bags to drink in the plane and ask for hot water to brew the tea. We like the Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat by Traditional Medicinals the best. Why we drink tea? Most time in planes people are sick and we don’t want to run the risk of getting sick, especially if you are not getting the food your body is used to eating while traveling.
Helpful tip: ask for two cups of hot water to brew one tea bag, they usually server the water in small cups.
Helpful tip: Carry your salt, utensils, and napkins in the same zip lock bag inside your lunch bag, that way when is time to make your food in the plane, everything is accessible.
So last year we flew on Christmas day and arrived in California at close to midnight and we had run out of the food we carried with us. All there was open in San Fran were Chinese restaurants, and we didn’t think they would carry a salad! So here’s what we did, we ran to a 24-hour drug store and looked for snacks. They actually carried some vegetables rolls and fruits as well as some nuts and seeds. We bought some bananas, water, and pecans and that was our meal. Basically, don’t get depressed, there is always something raw somewhere. Don’t give up!
If everything else fails, buy at the airport
So if you had a last minute trip and didn’t get a chance to pack your lunch bag, buy a salad at the airport. Yes, the â€œglow-in-the-darkâ€ salads and fruits that have been transported there by so many hands and trucks. We’ve done it once or twice when traveling overseas and brought an avocado to complement the depressing lettuce they sell you at the airports, and we are not proud of it.
Helpful tip: carry your salt and oil and make a nice little meal.
When traveling overseas, the rules may be a little different. You may have to eat all your food before you get to the other country. I also heard a tip from Sergei Boutenko on how to travel to other countries, make a powder of dehydrated vegetables and pack it in your carry on. Ask for a cup of hot water and mix in the powder, with some salt and oil and you have a nice soup. Our local raw vegan farmers market actually sells the powder of a veggie mix that can be used for traveling. Nut bars and other raw treats help hold you until you land but will most likely dehydrate you.
As we continue to travel, we learn more tips on how to continue our lifestyle and enjoy traveling to new places. The best part of traveling raw is the faces of the people sitting next to you watching you eat! 😉
We stayed at a B&B in Mt. Shasta that has a Vita Mix and Dehydrator so we made pizza!
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