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Italian Pasta Salad (Vegan, cooked w/raw option)

Pasta Primavera Salad - Vegan and Gluten Free

This Italian pasta salad recipe is heart-healthy and easy to make. It is low in fat and full of raw vegetables with a flavorful flax seed oil pesto sauce.

My Dietary Transition

I have been working to transition my diet to that which follows the protocols outlined by Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn for optimal human health. (Check out the health resources link on this blog to find some of their work if you have not already.) Essentially, it is a low fat whole foods plant based diet. I was already eating a whole food plant based diet with a lot of raw food, but still eating far too many nuts and oils with the wrong proportions of omega fatty acids. I am giving their recommended 80-10-10 (carbs-protein-fat) approach a try, which hypothetically should be achieved simply by eating a varied diet of whole plant foods. If I use oil, I am trying to use flax oil exclusively for my cold dishes, as it is the only plant based oil that is higher in omega-3 than omega-6 fatty acid, and using coconut oil occasionally, but sparingly for my occasional cooked dishes (and in large amounts on my skin as a moisturizer!).

The Recipe Origins

As my grandfather recently passed away from heart disease, I’ve been encouraging my family to adopt some more heart-healthy dietary habits by preparing meals for them this week while I am visiting. I was originally going to take this recipe to a vegan potluck dinner with some friends, as I thought it would be a nice light meal that would appeal to most people. When I ended up back home over the news about my grandfather, I made it for my relatives instead. 

A Note About Grains

I chose to include some grains in this recipe to make it more appealing to the audience I was preparing it for. One important thing to note is that when following the heart-healthy protocol, any grains which are consumed should be whole grains. This means that the germ, endosperm, and bran are not removed in processing. Otherwise, the grains lack fiber and nutrients. I found an organic rice pasta at my local grocery store (I LOVE PUBLIX!) that uses whole grain rice flour, which worked out really nice for the recipe. If your local hippy market doesn’t carry any such thing, you can order it from Amazon: Jovial Organic Brown Rice Fusilli.

HOWEVER, I generally prefer to limit my consumption of grains, due to their phytic acid content (which can be reduced by sprouting and fermenting, and offset by a healthy population of lactobacilli in the gut), but I digress. We can discuss that in another post at another time. Until then, EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES! 😉

How to Make it Raw

The rice pasta is the only cooked ingredient in the dish, so if you’d like it to be a completely raw vegan meal, you can just make noodles out of the zucchini instead of slicing it as I did for this version of the recipe, and omit the rice pasta all together. This was my original plan for the recipe. However, if sharing with hungry omnivores, the whole grain rice pasta makes the recipe a bit more familiar.

Pasta Primavera Salad
Serves 4
This light heart-healthy pasta primavera salad contains an array of colored raw vegetables, marinaded in a flax oil pesto dressing, and a whole grain organic rice pasta. The pasta is a great option for non-raw family members, but can be omitted if you would like the dish to be completely raw vegan. In that case, just spiral cut your zucchini into noodles instead. 🙂
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Pasta Ingredients
  1. 3 spiral cut zucchinis OR 1/2 lb whole grain rice pasta
Salad Ingredients
  1. If using pasta, then chop 2 zucchinis for the salad (don't chop any extra if they are your noodles)
  2. 1/2 heart celery, thinly sliced (appx. 1.25 cups)
  3. 1 cup grated carrot (appx. 3 medium carrots or 4 small organic carrots)
  4. 2 cups chopped grape tomatoes (1 pint package)
  5. 1 cup chopped yellow sweet pepper (appx 3 sweet peppers or 1 yellow bell pepper)
  6. 1/2 cup chopped artichoke heart (appx 5 hearts - marinaded in brine, not oil)
  7. 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley (up to 1/2 cup if you love parsley)
  8. 1 cup chopped kalamata olives (reduce to 1/2 cup to reduce the fat - stored in brine, not oil)
  9. 1/2 cup chopped scallions (5-6 stalks)
Dressing Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup flax seed oil
  2. 1/2 cup filtered water
  3. 1 large handful fresh basil
  4. 2 TB apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves
  6. 1 tsp oregano
  7. 1 tsp thyme
  8. 1 tsp onion powder
  9. 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  10. 1/4 tsp sea salt
Pasta Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions OR spiral cut zucchini and massage in 1/2 tsp of sea salt and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until soft and pliable, then rinse with cool water.
Salad Directions
  1. Chop all vegetables as indicated and add them to a very large bowl.
  2. If you are using pasta noodles, then chop some zucchini for the salad. If you are using zucchini noodles, then omit zucchini from the salad.
Dressing Directions
  1. Add all dressing ingredients to a high speed blender (Vitamix is my preference) and blend thoroughly until everything is smooth and well incorporated.
Assembly Directions
  1. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and mix until it is evenly distributed. Let the dressing sit on the vegetables for about 10 minutes to allow them to soften and soak in the flavor.
  2. Mix the pasta (either zucchini or rice noodles) into the large bowl with the salad and dressing.
Notes
  1. This pasta salad recipe will feed 4 people as a meal or 6-8 as a side dish. We had 6 at dinner and finished the bowl, but one of us had 3 portions and made a meal of it. 😉
  2. Feel free to double the recipe for an extra large or extra hungry crowd. I made a double batch so that there would be leftovers for lunch the second day.
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Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps (Vegan, Cooked)

Vegan Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps

I am on the road this week visiting family members without access to my light box and DSLR camera, so please pardon the smartphone photos of my recipes this week. My grandfather passed away and I have been busy trying to ensure that my family is eating healthy meals that follow the heart healthy protocol of a low fat whole foods plant based diet. 

This stir fry lettuce wraps recipe was quick and easy to prepare and worked out to only 1 TB of coconut oil per serving. I’ve been trying to ween myself and everyone else off of oils in general, the exception being flax oil, as it is the only plant based oil that is higher in omega-3 than omega-6 fatty acids. 

I still use coconut oil in moderation as a food. While the omega-6 fatty acids in coconut oil are much lower than in other oils, it is good to keep in mind that coconut oil contains ZERO omega-3 fatty acids, so that technically makes it an inflammatory food, rather than an anti-inflammatory one. I use plenty of it on my skin, though! One good thing about coconut oil is that it doesn’t break down into carcinogenic compounds when cooked because it is an oil with a high smoke point. 

This quick and easy stir fry recipe worked out to only 1TB of coconut oil per serving and it fed 4 adults. Stir fry recipes are an easy way to use up vegetables and they are quick to prepare. Traditionally, the heat exposure is only a few minutes to leave some texture intact for the vegetables. 

This recipe had great reviews from my parents and my husband. It is great for omnivores, as it offers a rich blend of flavors that will not leave them missing the meat.

Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps - Vegan
Serves 4
A quick and healthy vegan stir fry recipe with a rich blend of flavors including coconut, ginger, cinnamon, and anise.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Wrap Ingredients
  1. 1 head iceberg lettuce
Noodle Ingredients
  1. 8 oz rice noodles
Stir Fry Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  2. 3-4 cloves minced garlic (I love garlic)
  3. 4 carrots, shredded (or a 10 oz bag as a short cut)
  4. 1 celery heart, chopped
  5. 4 sweet peppers, chopped (or 1 bell pepper)
  6. 1/4 cup liquid aminos, coconut aminos, or tamari
  7. Juice of 1 lemon
  8. 1 large bunch scallions, chopped (appx 8 stalks)
  9. 10 oz white button mushrooms, chopped
  10. 1 TB Chinese 5 spice blend (cinnamon, ginger, anise, star anise, cloves)
  11. 1/2 tsp black pepper
Stir Fry Directions
  1. Add the coconut oil to a large pan or wok at high heat. Add the garlic and crunchy ingredients (carrots, celery, peppers).
  2. Stir for 4-5 minutes until fragrant and slightly soft.
  3. Add the aminos, lemon juice, soft ingredients (scallions and mushrooms), and spices.
  4. Stir for another 4-5 minutes.
Noodle Directions
  1. Prepare the rice noodles according to instructions on the package. Most of them cook in about 5 minutes.
Wrap Directions
  1. Separate the leaves from the head of lettuce.
Assembly Directions
  1. Add noodles and stir fry to lettuce leaves, wrap into a burrito, and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Two thumbs up from meat eating parents and husband!
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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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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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