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Pancit (Raw Vegan)

Raw Vegan Pancit Recipe

I was introduced to pancit only a few months ago. One of my friends posted a photo of a lovely meal her mother in law had prepared, and I immediately had to know more about this fascinating dish I had never heard of. I learned it was a Filipino noodle dish and I was inspired to create a raw vegan version that I could enjoy at home. 

Raw Vegan Pancit Recipe

There are many different pancit recipes, and this particular one was modeled after pancit bihon. In place of the rice noodles, I used zucchini noodles. In place of chicken, I used chopped mushrooms marinaded in vegetable juice to produce a meaty texture with a rich flavor that a vegetable stock would have provided in a cooked recipe. Other than that, for my vegetable mix, I used sliced Napa cabbage (you could also use bok choy, pending availability), carrots, onions, and peppers, which often show up in different versions of the traditional version. Instead of soy sauce (which often contains GMO soy and gluten) or tamari (which is fermented with mold), I used coconut aminos, which are raw, taste less salty, and have a rich fermented flavor. They’re a little different if you’re used to the taste of soy sauce, but still delicious. 

Raw Vegan Pancit Reipce

Raw Vegan Pancit Recipe
Serves 4
A light and healthy raw vegan pancit recipe, inspired by the traditional Filipino pancit bihon dish.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Vegetable Ingredients
  1. 1 zucchini, sliced into noodles
  2. 1/3 head napa cabbaga, thinly sliced
  3. 2 cups shredded carrots
  4. 1 & 1/2 cups chopped scallions
Vegetable Sauce Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup coconut aminos (I like these: Coconut Secret Raw Organic Vegan Coconut Aminos. You can also find them at Whole Foods.)
  2. 1/4 cup unrefined expeller or cold pressed sesame seed oil (I like this one: Spectrum Naturals Organic Sesame Oil)
  3. 2 TB lemon juice (ACV works in a pinch, but changes the flavor)
  4. 2 TB powdered garlic (PROBIOTIC UPGRADE: use 6 crushed cloves of ACV fermented garlic instead - they have a very mild flavor)
Marinaded Mushrooms Ingredients
  1. 2 cups chopped mushrooms (your choice on the variety - I used button and baby bella mushrooms)
  2. Vegetable Broth Juice (Juice: 1 tomato, 1.5 cups chopped carrot, 1.5 cups chopped celery, 1.5 cups chopped sweet pepper, pinch of sea salt, pinch of black pepper)
Instructions
  1. Cut the zucchini into noodles (I use this tool: Spiralizer Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer. You can also use a julienne peeler.)
  2. Chop the vegetables. Make sure there are enough chopped carrots and sweet peppers to put through the juicer for the broth juice.
  3. Put the "Vegetable Ingredients" into a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Juice the Vegetable Broth Juice vegetables and add the pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Put the chopped mushrooms and the vegetable broth juice into a bowl together and let them marinade for at least an hour (overnight is better).
  6. Add the sauce ingredients to a small bowl and whisk.
  7. Pour the sauce over the Vegetable Ingredients and mix until everything is well coated. Let it marinade until your mushrooms are done (about 45 minutes, but again, I prefer the overnight marinade).
  8. After the marinading is complete, strain the mushrooms out and mix into the vegetables. You are ready to eat it!
Notes
  1. Regarding sesame oil, I have also made this with EVOO and avocado oils and both work well, though the olive oil has a much strong flavor and the avocado oil is neutral tasting for the most part.
  2. You can substitute red, orange, or yellow bell peppers for the sweet peppers if you like.
  3. You can substitute bok choy for the Napa cabbage.
  4. I prefer to marinade the mushrooms and the vegetables overnight for the best flavor. If you are in a hurry, an hour will do. If you want a rich flavor and soft texture, go with the overnight soak.
  5. For this recipe, I have tested both diluted and non-diluted vegetable juices to soak the mushrooms. I prefer the juice to be un-diluted in this case, but you can use any strength that you like the flavor of.
  6. You can drink the vegetable juice after you extract the mushrooms or reuse it for another marinade, depending on what kind of juicer you have. If you have a masticating juicer, it should be "fresh" for about 72 hours.
  7. If you are mold sensitive, soak your mushrooms for 15-20 minutes in a dilute mixture of water and vinegar before chopping them to kill off the mold spores.
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Raw Vegan Pad Thai

A light and healthy raw vegan version of pad thai

Asian-inspired recipe #2 is a raw vegan Pad Thai! I really love spicy ethnic food, especially Thai and Indian cuisines, but historically, my options have been limited because of my severe gluten intolerance (I have celiac’s disease). I started making some dishes at home with gluten free and vegan alternatives, and then as my diet became more raw, I started experimenting with additional modifications. This recipe is obviously a little different from a a traditional cooked recipe, but rest assured that it is more nutritious and cruelty free. Look at all those vibrant colors from the fresh vegetables! 🙂

A raw vegan Pad Thai recipe that is nutrient-rich, low carb, and cruelty free.

I’ll let you in on a little secret – one of the reasons that I love re-creating noodle dishes so much is because I get to play with my spiral cutter (some people call them “spiralizers”). I’ve always enjoyed playing with my food, and this little kitchen gadget lets me make extra pretty vegetable noodles. I have used it to make noodles from zucchini and other squashes, leftover broccoli stems, beets, sweet potato, jicama, apples, and a lot of other things. I have also used it to shred my cabbage for sauerkraut! It’s a really handy tool to have for raw food recipes, or even just making low carb boodle alternatives. This is a similar model to the one that I have: Spiralizer Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer.

A light and nutritious raw vegan Pad Thai recipe.

 

Raw Vegan Pad Thai
Serves 1
This is a light and nutritious raw vegan version of Pad Thai. The recipe is loaded with colorful fresh vegetables and sprouts.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Noodle Ingredients
  1. 1 zucchini, cut into noodles with a spiral cutter or vegetable peeler
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 tsp sea salt
Vegetable Mix Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup shredded Napa cabbage
  2. 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  3. 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  4. 1 small handful bean sprouts
  5. 1 small handful snow pea pods
  6. 1 TB dried cilantro (sub fresh: small handful of fresh cilantro)
Sauce Ingredients
  1. 2 TB coconut aminos (I like these: Coconut Secret Raw Organic Vegan Coconut Aminos. You can also find them at Whole Foods.)
  2. 1 TB unrefined expeller or cold pressed sesame seed oil (I like this one: Spectrum Naturals Organic Sesame Oil)
  3. 1 TB raw agave nectar
  4. Juice of 1/2 lime (appx 1 TB)
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. pinch of ginger powder
  7. red pepper flakes (omit for no spice, 1/2 tsp for mild, 1 tsp for medium, 1.5 tsp for hot)
Toppings
  1. 1-2TB chopped raw peanuts (I like 2TB, some people might like less for a lower calorie option)
Noodle Directions
  1. Spiral cut the zucchini (or use a vegetable peeler to make flat ribbon noodles)
  2. Toss with sea salt for about 30 seconds in a medium sized bowl
  3. Add water to bowl and swirl around for about a minute
  4. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until they soften and have a more malleable noodle-like texture.
  5. Drain in a strainer and gently rinse the salt water off.
Vegetable Mix Directions
  1. Chop and shred all vegetables as indicated in ingredients. Toss together in medium sized bowl.
Sauce Directions
  1. Add sauce ingredients directly to the bowl with the vegetables and mix until everything is well-incorporated and the vegetables are evenly coated.
  2. Let the vegetables marinade in the sauce for at least 15 minutes to soften and absorb the flavors.
Assembly Directions
  1. Make a bed of noodles on a plate with the zucchini.
  2. Add the vegetable mixture on top.
  3. Swirl the plate a little it to let the juices make their way around the zucchini.
  4. Top with chopped raw peanuts.
Notes
  1. To serve this recipe for multiple people, simply multiple the amounts by the number you would like to serve it to.
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Sesame Ginger Asian Lettuce Wraps (Raw Vegan)

Asian Inspired Raw Vegan Lettuce Wraps

This Asian lettuce wraps recipe is one that I have made before, but not officially documented measurements for or taken good pictures of until now. When there is a good meal sitting in my kitchen, it’s a little like torture waiting until the photographs are taken before I can eat it. Oh, the life of a food blogger… =P

I’ve really been wanting some Asian foods lately, so over the next week, I’ll be posting not just this one, but THREE total Asian-inspired raw vegan recipes, and all of them filling enough to be a main course! Making dishes with some ingredient and flavor overlaps is also a great way to use up leftovers and be efficient with your prep time. I only had to shred my carrots and scallions once and I can still toss extras into a salad for lunch!

Raw Vegan Sesame Ginger Lettuce Wraps

I’ve also been trying to come up with some more recipes for this blog that will make the omnivores and cooked food lovers in your life happy, mostly because I enjoy feeding my husband and it makes me happy when I can sneak an enzyme and vitamin-rich raw vegan meal in front of it him and he says it tastes great. 😉

This one has had good reviews both times that I’ve attempted to feed it to my husband, and one of my friends made it as a dish to share with her coworkers, so I feel confident that you will love it too. It you are new to raw foods, it’s not too difficult to make, and you will find the flavors and textures to be familiar, so it would be a great transition meal. It is also very filling, and will not leave you hungry if your body is still adjusting to a plant-based diet. 

These raw vegan Asian inspired lettuce wraps are delicious and filling.

Raw Vegan Sesame Ginger Asian Lettuce Wraps
Serves 4
These Asian inspired raw vegan lettuce wraps contain a textural variety of nutritious vegetables, walnuts for good fats, and of course, leafy greens!
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Sauce Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cups water
  2. 1/2 cup coconut aminos (I like these: Coconut Secret Raw Organic Vegan Coconut Aminos. You can also find them at Whole Foods.)
  3. 1/4 cup unrefined expeller or cold pressed sesame seed oil (I like this one: Spectrum Naturals Organic Sesame Oil)
  4. 8 pitted dates
  5. 2 tsp powdered ginger
  6. 2 tsp powdered garlic (PROBIOTIC UPGRADE: use 2 cloves of ACV fermented garlic instead)
  7. 1 TB raw apple cider vinegar (I used the garlic infused ACV from my ferment)
Filling Ingredients
  1. 2.5 cups chopped fresh mushrooms of your choice (I used button mushrooms and baby bellas, but have also used rehydrated shiitake and oyster mushrooms, and it is still great)
  2. 2.5 cups chopped walnuts
  3. 1 cup shredded carrots
  4. 1/2 cup chopped scallions (green onions)
  5. 1/2 cup chopped celery (you won't even miss water chestnuts with the crunch that celery provides)
  6. 1/2 cup chopped sweet pepper
Wrap Ingredients
  1. 12 large romaine or iceberg lettuce leaves leaves
Sauce Directions
  1. Combine sauce ingredients in a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix). This will ensure the dates are thoroughly incorporated and the sauce is smooth.
Filling Directions
  1. Chop vegetables as listed in ingredients section.
  2. Pour sauce over vegetables and mix thoroughly until well-combined.
  3. Marinade for 15 minutes (longer is ok too, but this is a minimum to help soften the ingredients and allow the sauce to soak in).
Assembly Instructions
  1. Spoon the filling/sauce mixture on the romaine or iceberg lettuce.
  2. Pick them up and eat them. 🙂
Notes
  1. This is a very rich and filling recipe. My husband and I only used half of the filling mixture and we had 3 each as our dinner. We were both very satisfied. This recipe will feed 4 people as a meal, or you could turn it into an appetizer for a large crowd.
  2. If you are sensitive to mold spores (I am), but still want to enjoy some mushrooms, you can soak them in a dilute mixture of water and white vinegar for 20-30 minutes and then rinse before you chop them up for the filling.
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Cream of Broccoli Soup (Raw Vegan)

Raw Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

I was very happy with the way this raw vegan cream of broccoli soup recipe turned out. I know I’ve struck recipe gold when my husband says, “Wow, this isn’t bad!” Albeit, he added rice and hot sauce to it, but as I got him to eat a vegan meal, I still consider it a success, especially considering the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever seen him eat broccoli of his own volition. 😉

Believe it or not, raw broccoli was a vegetable that I used to dislike and avoid. I always knew it was good for me, but I struggled to find ways to make it work in its uncooked form. After drinking green smoothies for so long, my tastes have changed dramatically, and I now love all of the cruciferous vegetables. 

I think this recipe works well because the soup base is made using broccoli stems, which provide a nice mellow flavor. Most people usually discard the stems, but I think they have a lot to offer, and I embrace finding ways to use them. After I finished this recipe, I spiral cut the leftover stems to use as noodles in another recipe that I will be posting later this week.

raw vegan cream of broccoli soup

What I really found to be beneficial about this recipe is that it is easily adaptable so that I can feed both myself and my husband. I follow a diet that is high in raw foods and predominantly vegan, while my husband does neither. He avoids dairy though, so he appreciates any creamy or cheesy non-dairy recipes that I prepare.

For the members of your household who may not want to eat raw or even vegan, you can cook their portions of the soup without having to make a separate meal, add rice to make it more familiar and comfortable, or add nutritional yeast to make it more “cheesy”, and they’d still be eating a completely vegan meal that is healthier than their normal fare.

Regarding the health benefits of broccoli, it is high in fiber and will sweep out those intestines while helping to lower cholesterol. It is also loaded with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and antioxidants. It is a powerful cancer fighter. Broccoli also aids in the metabolism of Vitamin D, is anti-inflammatory, and helps to mitigate problems with allergies. 

Raw Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup
Serves 4
A healthy raw vegan cream of broccoli soup recipe that is easy to modify as a delicious vegan dish for your non-raw family members.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Liquid Soup Ingredients
  1. 3 cups water
  2. 2 & 1/2 cups chopped broccoli stems
  3. 1 cup raw sunflower seeds (soak in water at least 4 hours for optimal digestion)
  4. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  5. 1/2 cup chopped pearl onions
  6. 1 TB raw apple cider vinegar
  7. 1 tsp smoked sea salt
  8. 1 tsp garlic powder
  9. 1/4 tsp white pepper
  10. 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  11. Optional: 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
Mix Ins
  1. 3 cups broccoli florets (you can adjust the amount if you'd like more or less)
Garnish
  1. Broccoli florets
  2. Fresh ground pepper
  3. Optional: Nutritional yeast
Instructions
  1. Shave the smallest florets possible off the top of the broccoli and set aside in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Chop pieces of broccoli stems first from the top and moving down. Save the large stem at the bottom to use for juicing, smoothies, vegetable noodles or slaw, etc.
  3. Add all of the liquid ingredients to a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix) and blend until smooth and creamy. If you have a Vitamix, you can also warm the soup as it blends.
  4. Add the florets and pulse to incorporate and chop a bit more.
Notes
  1. This recipe can be made as a meal or an appetizer. It will serve two as a filling meal. If used as an appetizer, it will make 4 bowls or 8 cups of soup.
  2. You will need about 3 small heads of broccoli or 2 large ones.
  3. Nutritional yeast is not raw, but it is vegan. It is a nice addition for non-raw or non-vegan members of your household, as it adds a "cheesy" flavor.
  4. I used fresh broccoli, but you could probably use frozen broccoli also. You might need to reduce the water slightly and the florets would have a softer texture.
  5. The soup can also be cooked for family members that do not want to eat it raw, and you will not have to make them a separate meal.
  6. My husband enjoyed the soup and he also made rice to add in with his, as he does not follow a raw foods diet. He also added hot sauce. =P
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Healthy Coleslaw w/Avocado Dressing (Raw Vegan)

Raw Vegan Avocado Coleslaw

Growing up in Florida, I remember having many varieties of coleslaw served at summer cookouts and birthday parties. I use the term, “summer” loosely, of course. It feels like summer here for 6 months out of the year, so we had coleslaw at Memorial Day and Labor Day cookouts as well. 

Now that “summer” is creeping up on us down here in the southeast US, I thought it would be nice to put together a lighter and healthier version of the traditional mayo and sugar-laden coleslaw dish.

My recipe uses Napa cabbage instead of regular green cabbage. Napa cabbage has a more delicate texture and flavor, and it has a higher concentration of folate than other varieties of cabbage. I have also added some scallions for a little extra texture and flavor. 

For the coleslaw dressing, I chose to use ripe avocados to create a creamy base instead of mayonnaise. This recipe is entirely free of eggs or dairy, so it won’t turn rotten if you have it outside for a picnic. I also used a garlic-infused raw ACV (apple cider vinegar) that resulted from from fermenting some raw garlic in the ACV for 8 weeks (and still counting), and a small amount of low glycemic raw unrefined coconut sugar.

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Raw Vegan Avocado Coleslaw
Serves 2
A healthy alternative to a traditional coleslaw, this recipe uses no egg, no dairy, and no refined sugars.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Slaw Ingredients
  1. 4 cups Napa cabbage, chopped
  2. 1 cup shredded carrot
  3. 2 stalks scallion, chopped
Dressing Ingredients
  1. 2 ripe avocados
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1/2 cup garlic infused raw apple cider vinegar (sub: plain ACV + 2 tsp garlic powder)
  4. 2TB extra virgin olive oil
  5. 2 tsp mustard powder
  6. 1 tsp celery seed
  7. 1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
  8. 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper (or to taste)
  9. 2 TB raw coconut sugar (I like this one, as it is unrefined and low glycemic: Coconut Secret Coconut Crystals - Raw Coconut Sugar)
Instructions
  1. Mix shopped vegetables for the slaw in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add all dressing ingredients to a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix
  3. Mix dressing into slaw
Notes
  1. Serves 2 as a meal or 4 as a side dish
  2. I am planning to experiment with a sunflower seed base as well, for those who may be turned off by the green color of the avocado, but I think it imparts a nice creamy texture.
  3. I used Napa cabbage here instead of regular cabbage because I like the softer texture than regular cabbage.
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Cucumber Mint Salad (Raw Vegan)

cucumber and mint salad with lime and olive oil

The weather is starting to heat up here (Orlando) already! One of my favorite warm weather treats is a chilled cucumber mint salad. I love cucumbers in general though. I have to say, they are one of my favorite foods and I think I could eat them every day. The warm weather just gives me an excuse to eat them more often. They pair wonderfully with mint, another cooling food.

The weather has been so warm lately that I harvested the first tomato from the plants on my porch this afternoon! I’ve lived in Florida my entire life and this seems normal to me, but a friend out in the Pacific Northwest informed me that they are just starting to think about planting this time of year. 

It was a small tomato – only about 1.5″ in diameter. I sliced it into 4 little pieces just so I could savor the first fruit from my porch garden. This is a big deal for me. For as much as I love food and putting together recipes, I have not really done well keeping plants alive in the past. Hopefully, the trend will continue, and I will have some tomato recipes to share soon. 🙂

fresh homegrown tomato

Back to cucumbers… I’ve got some cucumbers started in the “garden” too, which I lovingly refer to as my “porch jungle”, but they aren’t ready just yet. I guess I should get on with the cucumber and mind salad recipe. It’s so easy to prepare as a quick and light appetizer to accompany a summer meal. 

Cucumber and Mint Summer Salad
Serves 4
This is a light and cooling cucumber and mint salad tossed with a refreshing hint of lime. It's very quick to prepare.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 English cucumber - chop it how you like (thinly sliced, cubed, etc.)
  2. 1/4 sweet onion - chop it how you like (thinly sliced, cubed, etc.)
  3. 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  4. 1 lime - cut into quarters
  5. 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  6. sea salt to taste
  7. fresh ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop the cucumber, sweet onion, and mint leaves. Toss them together in a bowl.
  2. Divide into quarters on plates or in bowls. Fancy it up if you'd like!
  3. Sprinkle each plate with a pinch of salt and some fresh ground pepper.
  4. Squeeze a quarter wedge of lime onto each plate.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil. Use an herb infused olive oil (e.g. basil) for a little something extra.
Omnivore Modification
  1. This salad also pairs well with goat cheese if you have an omnivore in your family that isn't ready to give up dairy.
Dressing Alternative
  1. A simple oil and vinegar will also work well if you do not have limes.
The Cucumber Rose
  1. A cucumber rose (pictured) is a nice artistic touch if you want to make your presentation a little more special.
  2. Slice your cucumbers using a diagonal angle so that the pieces come out longer.
  3. The cucumbers should be paper thin - you can achieve this with a mandolin at 1/16" or 1.5mm.
  4. Roll one slice very tight in the center, and then wrap other pieces around it.
  5. Secure with a toothpick.
  6. If it is too tall, you can slice some off one end. This also helps it to lay flat on the plate.
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Thai Yellow Curry with Vegetables – Vegan, Mostly Raw

Although I eat a large amount of raw food, one of my guilty pleasures is yellow curry from a Thai restaurant that is within walking distance from my home. I’ve really been wanting an alternative that I can make at home with no white rice, and all or mostly all raw ingredients. I think I’ve finally come up with a rich and flavorful version that does the trick. It even filled up my omnivore husband, as he could not finish his plate. 

spiralized zucchini noodles

Zucchini noodles, before being mixed with the other vegetables and softened with a bit of sea salt. It is ready for the yellow curry sauce!

Instead of rice, I opted for zucchini noodles, thinly sliced vegetables, and fresh herbs. It gave the yellow curry dish great texture and a lot of color. The only non-raw ingredient in this recipe is flake coconut, which I blended into the sauce to give it a deeper and richer coconut flavor. If you would like the dish to be completely raw, simply substitute an equivalent amount of fresh coconut meat instead. 

Raw Vegan Thai Yellow Curry with Vegetables
Serves 4
This is a flavorful and healthy mostly raw vegan version of Thai yellow curry with vegetables.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Vegetable Ingredients
  1. 1 zucchini, cut into noodles using a spiral cutter or a julienne peeler (I like the Paderno Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer
  2. 2 cups napa cabbage, shredded into thin strips
  3. 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  4. 1 cup finely shredded carrot (do it quickly with a food processor)
  5. 1/4 tsp salt (to soften)
  6. 1/4 cup thinly sliced basil leaves
  7. 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Yellow Curry Sauce Ingredients
  1. 2 cups coconut water
  2. 1 cup fresh coconut meat (buy it frozen to save time and not chop coconuts)
  3. 1 cup shredded coconut (I like Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flakes)
  4. 1/4 cup coconut aminos (or 2TB tamari)
  5. Juice of 1/2 lemon
  6. 1/2 tsp ginger
  7. 1 tsp granulated garlic (probiotic upgrade: 1 clove pickled/fermented garlic)
  8. 1/4 tsp white pepper
  9. 1-2 TB yellow curry powder (start with 1TB and then add 1 tsp at a time until desired strength is reached)
Garnish
  1. Basil and lime
Vegetable Instructions
  1. Spiral cut the zucchini
  2. Finely slice the cabbage
  3. Shred the carrots
  4. Finely chop the onion
  5. Thinly slice the basil
  6. Chop the cilantro
  7. Add vegetables to a medium sized mixing bowl and toss in 1/4 tsp salt. Mix with your hands and let it sit for about 15 minutes. This will cause the vegetables to soften to noodle consistency and release some juices.
Sauce Instructions
  1. While the vegetables are softening, add all of the curry sauce ingredients to a high speed blender except the yellow curry powder. You will need a high speed blender, like a Vitamix, in order to blend it to a smooth consistency.
  2. Depending on how strong you want the curry flavor to be, add only 2 tsp of the curry powder to start and taste it. If you want it to be stronger, add 1 tsp at a time until you are satisfied with the flavor).
Assembly Options
  1. Add a little curry sauce to the bottom of a shallow bowl and stack vegetables on top
  2. Add vegetables to a bowl and pour curry sauce over the top like a dressing
  3. Keep vegetables and curry sauce in separate bowls and dip in as much as you'd like
Finishing Touches
  1. Garnish with lime wedges and some basil.
Notes
  1. If you would like this recipe to be 100% raw, just use 2 cups of coconut meat instead of the fresh and dried mixture, but you may need to cut back on the coconut water a little, as it will be runnier. You might enjoy that texture though. 🙂
  2. If you live a person who might not enjoy the flavors and textures of raw food, you can use canned coconut milk and/or cook the sauce and vegetables to make it more to their liking, while still knowing it is a healthy vegan meal.
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Stuffed Peppers with Cheesy Cauliflower Rice (Vegan)

Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

I had just a few Cubanelle peppers left over from my last trip to the farmer’s market, and I’ve been wanting to try a stuffed peppers recipe for a while, so I made a go of it while my husband was around for taste testing. If he’s not around when I work on my recipes, he sometimes won’t get any. 😉

Sweet peppers stuffed with a cashew nut sauce and cauliflower rice

My first thought in trying to make a version for him and a version for me involved using rice and goat cheese as a filling for his stuffed peppers, but we had a lot of projects planned for the afternoon, so I opted for a more efficient solution. I decided to make a filling that would work well both raw and cooked, so he could have some warmth and softer textures in his version and I wouldn’t have to do as many dishes. 

Stuffed peppers with vegan cheesy sauce and cauliflower rice

I made a vegan cheese-like sauce with a nut base and some nutritional yeast, and I shredded some orange cauliflower to use as a rice substitute. Both versions came out well, but I thought the flavor of the sauce was a bit zestier in the raw version. To my surprise, he actually enjoyed the raw version. Rather than using a fork and knife, as with the cooked version, he just picked it up and ate it as finger food. 🙂

Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Cheesy Cauliflower Rice
A vegan stuffed pepper recipe that is flavorful, low carb, and grain free! You can eat it as a raw vegan meal or bake it for a softer and more warming meal for your guests.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Chopped Vegetable Ingredients
  1. 4 Cubanelle peppers (or other sweet pepper of similar size - appx 4" long)
  2. 8 large florets of cauliflower (I used orange cauliflower, but any color will do)
  3. 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
Cheese Sauce Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup raw cashews
  2. 1/4 cup pine nuts
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. Juice of 1/4 lemon
  5. 2 TB extra virgin olive oil
  6. 2 cloves ACV fermented or pickled garlic, minced (substitution: 2 tsp garlic powder)
  7. 3 TB nutritional yeast
  8. 1/4 tsp sea salt
Garnish & Seasoning
  1. Fresh or dried dill
Instructions
  1. Add all sauce ingredients to a high speed blender and mix thoroughly until everything is well blended and the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  2. Cut the sweet peppers into halves, lengthwise.
  3. Finely dice the sweet onion.
  4. Mince the garlic through a garlic press (unless using powdered).
  5. Grate the cauliflower florets with a cheese grater to make fine crumbled rice-sized pieces. Alternatively, use a food processor and it will be faster.
  6. Mix all chopped vegetables (except peppers) with the sauce in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  7. Fill the peppers.
  8. Top with fresh or dried dill. This will add a nice flavor.
  9. If serving raw, eat immediately.
  10. If baking, bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes, until peppers are soft.
Notes
  1. Depending on the shapes and sizes of your peppers, you may have a little extra filling. It is ok to eat it right out of the bowl with a spoon. 🙂
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Herbal Wheatgrass Juice for Beginners

Green juice blend with wheat grass

Wheatgrass juice is a very potent medicinal food. It reduces blood pressure, cleanses the blood, alkalizes the body, stimulates the thyroid, detoxes the liver, helps to protect us from carcinogens and environmental pollutants, fights cancerous tumors, and slows the aging process. (Source: http://hippocratesinst.org/wheatgrass/benefits-of-wheatgrass).

As it is highly detoxifying, if you have never tried it before, you will have to start with a very small amount in a single sitting – no more than 1/2 a shot. If you are not used to it and you take too much, it will probably nauseate you, especially if you aren’t already following a healthful lifestyle. If you are a an old pro at wheatgrass juice guzzling, then you know how much you can add to this juice blend. 😉

True story: the few shot glasses I actually own are used most frequently for measuring my wheatgrass juice and sprouting avocado pits.

I am highly sensitive to gluten. I had read about the wondrous benefits of wheatgrass juice, but was afraid to try it until I was actually able to find some credible sources of information that could confirm or deny the existence of gluten in wheatgrass. The summary of what I learned is that the grass itself contains no gluten, as the gluten is in the seed. Wheatgrass is safe, provided that (1) it has been harvested in a manner that leaves no part of the seed attached to the grass; (2) it has not sprouted any new seeds; (3) there has been no cross-contamination in a facility which also processes the gluten-containing seeds. 

My local Whole Foods Market carries wheatgrass that is locally grown here in Florida, and I have not had any issues with it thus far. If you purchase it, look for one cut end at the base, and one pointed end, indicating that is the top of the grass blade. If there are two cut ends, it is impossible to know how tall the grass was and if it started to sprout new seeds.

It is actually very cheap and easy to sprout yourself at home (and easier to remove the cross-contamination problem)… unless you have a cat. Cats love wheatgrass and when I purchase it, my cat, Georgia, frequently gets some as a treat too. If I try to sprout anything inside, she will find it and eat it. 🙂

Anyway, if you would like to read more about wheatgrass and gluten, here are some links you can look at. Ultimately, if you are unsure, you should either not try it or try it in a very small amount to see how you react. 

  • http://hippocratesinst.org/nutrition/wheatgrass-is (#48)
  • http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/everydaymedicalissues/f/Are-Wheat-Grass-And-Barley-Grass-Gluten-Free.htm
  • http://livewell.jillianmichaels.com/can-wheat-grass-gluten-sensitive-4931.html
Cucumber and Herb Wheatgrass Juice
An herbal green juice blend that helps wheatgrass juice go down a lot easier.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cucumbers
  2. 1/4 lemon (no peel) - lime also works well
  3. large handful fresh mint
  4. large handful fresh basil
  5. 1/2 - 1&1/2 shots wheatgrass juice
Instructions
  1. Run cucumbers, lemon, mint, and basil through a juicer.
  2. If you have a juicer that is capable of extracting juice from wheatgrass, juice enough to acquire the desired amount. If this is your first time trying it, take only 1/2 a shot. If you are an old pro, try 1 whole shot or even 1.5 shots.
  3. Mix wheatgrass juice into green juice blend.
Notes
  1. Wheatgrass juice is highly detoxifying. If you drink too much at one time or more than your body is used to, it will nauseate you. It is very important to only take 1/2 a shot if you have never tried it before.
  2. Wheatgrass has a very earthy and slightly sweet flavor, but it is very strong. The cucumber juice helps to mellow it out a lot. I frequently enjoy wheatgrass, but I still can't drink it straight. I need the cucumber juice.
  3. If you buy wheatgrass, juice it fresh. If you let it sit in your refrigerator for too long, it will start to yellow and dry up, and you will not be able to extract as much juice from it.
  4. In order to extract juice from wheatgrass, you will need a single auger or slow juicer that is capable of performing the task (I have an Omega). There are also special wheatgrass juicers. A centrifugal juicer will not work for this.
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Collard Rolls with Lemon Dill Sauce (Raw Vegan)

Raw vegan collard rolls with a creamy avocado lemon dill sauce

Oh, how I love collard rolls. Heck, I love collard greens in general. They’re one of the best plant-based sources of calcium, they are available for most of the year, they are usually pretty cheap, they have a subtle flavor that works well in green smoothies, and of course, the texture is perfect for wraps and rolls!

Collard rolls with shredded vegetables and a creamy lemon dill sauce.

I missed out on the goodness of collards for way too long. I don’t think I even tried collard greens until maybe 2 years ago. I grew up in Florida, which is technically south of “The South” according to a true Southerner, BUT I still heard rumors of collard greens and how they were served in traditional recipes. Those recipes all sounded very unappetizing to me, so I developed a negative association with collard greens and never bothered to give them a second thought… until I got my husband on the green smoothie bandwagon and he came home with a big bundle of collard greens one day. I thought he was nuts until I tried his smoothie and realized that I had sorely misjudged the mighty collard green.

Shave the collard green stem down to make it more flexible for collard rolls and collard wraps!

When I first started eating more raw foods, I saw a lot of people suggesting the use of collard greens for wraps and tortilla alternatives. I tried it out, and couldn’t seem to figure out how to get them to roll nicely without some kind of ripping and breaking due to the thick stem in the middle. After looking at the leaves for a while and realizing the stem was only thick on one side, I eventually got the bright idea to just shave the stem down so it was relatively flat against the underside of the leaf. Alright, you got me. I figured it out as I was working on THIS recipe. I’ve been doing it wrong for years.

Behold, the more flexible collard green – now even more perfect for collard rolls and wraps! 

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With a little sauce, the wraps hold together nicely too. Notice the edge of the leaf in the above photo is magically holding itself down without the aid of toothpicks or sticky rice! Speaking of the sauce, in the name of using ingredients I already had on hand, I opted for a creamy lemon dill sauce that uses avocado to provide the desired texture and thickness. It’s easy to spread over the greens, and it holds the outer layers of the collard rolls together nicely, even after they’ve already been cut into smaller pieces.

A creamy lemon dill sauce made from whisking avocado, olive oil, and herbs.

Collard Rolls with Lemon Dill Sauce (Raw Vegan)
Serves 2
These collard rolls are a healthier alternative to tortilla based vegetable wraps and rolls. Collard greens are high in calcium, and the vegetables inside provide beta-carotine and vitamin C. The sauce is avocado based, making it a source of good fats and potassium, as well as vitamin C from a tangy infusion of lemon.
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Prep Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
Wrap Ingredients
  1. 5 large collard leaves
  2. 2 carrots, julienne sliced
  3. 1 jumbo pickling cucumber, julienne sliced (Pickling cucumbers have a nice firm texture)
  4. 1 Cubanelle sweet pepper
  5. 1 small wedge of sweet onion (How much do you like onions? 😉 )
Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce Ingredients
  1. 1 soft ripe avocado
  2. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  3. Juice of 1 lemon
  4. 1 tsp dried dill
  5. 1 tsp onion powder
  6. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  7. 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  8. 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  9. 1/4 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
Sauce Directions
  1. Mash the avocado until it is creamy (I use a potato masher).
  2. Whisk in the remaining sauce ingredients until well blended.
Preparing Wrap Ingredients
  1. Use a julienne slicer (or mandolin slicer with julienne blade) to cut carrots and cucumbers into thin strips.
  2. Cut sweet pepper and onion into thin strips with a knife.
  3. Turn each collard leaf over so that the bottom faces up and the fat part of the stem is on top. Carefully shave the stems down so that they are almost flush with the leaves.
Wrap Assembly
  1. Spread a thin layer of sauce over each leaf with a flexible spatula.
  2. Equally distribute the sliced vegetables among the leaves, placing the strips at the bottom of the leaves, where the stems were shaved down.
  3. Roll the collards up! As you roll, keep them somewhat snug.
  4. Slice down the center vein, and then slice in half again so that you get 4 pieces from each rolled leaf.
  5. Eat and enjoy! 🙂
Notes
  1. You can use a sushi mat to roll if you want, but I found it was easier to just use my hands due to the size of the collard greens.
  2. Some of the sauce may push forward as you roll, and that is ok. Just wipe off the excess.
  3. You might have a little sauce left over. If you do, you can dip the rolls in it to intensify the lemon-dill flavor, or save it for dipping vegetables or adding to a salad.
  4. If after slicing, you feel that the end pieces are a little loose, you can unroll a couple turns, tighten them up, and then wrap the ends back up. Sushi is not that forgiving!
  5. Feel free to get creative and swap out the vegetables inside or use some sprouts. Mmm, sprouts!
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