Raw Carrot Salad

April 19th, 2014 | Posted by eatingwithsporks in Salads | Vegetarian Sides - (0 Comments)

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Happy Easter!  I hope everyone is having a lovely spring.  Things are pretty great on our end.  We are finally back into our routine after catching a nasty cold.  It started with me and unfortunately I passed it on to both Cia and Josh.  Before it hit I was in such a positive groove with all aspects of my life.. posting meals, settling into my transitioned style of cooking/eating, being very active, having quality family time, and then bam- I was smacked down and could barely do anything for quite a few days.  I’ll spare you the details but it was rough taking care of the kids while being sick.  I am so thankful to be over it and getting back into my groove.  So things feel good.  This is the first year Cia fully understands the tradition we are creating for Easter and it has been really fun to watch her excitement grow.  She brings back so many memories of my Easters growing up.

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Anyway as I’m now back on my feet I’m starting to experiment more with my meals and what gives me the right nutrition and energy.  Most of the meals I cook are vegetarian so I try to use protein dense foods to make sure I’m not depleting anything.  Enter tahini.  This delicious ‘paste’ has plenty of protein, more than milk and most nuts.  It’s also high in vitamin B, vitamin E, iron, calcium, and magnesium.  Definitely a good food for a vegetarian.  (Note: I am not vegetarian even though most of my meals are.  I prefer eating vegetarian foods but when my body needs meat I don’t deny.)  Tahini is a flavor I enjoy but never do much with.  I walk a fine line with sesame but I’ve come to realize tahini is in the clear while sesame oil is not.  Yay!

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This carrot salad was inspired by Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows cookbook.  All of her recipes are vegan but well balanced and beautiful in all aspects.  The tahini dressing is her recipe and originally I was going to enjoy it with roasted carrots, but carrot salad sounded more refreshing and fun.  I was right.

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Raw Carrot Salad

  • 8 medium carrots
  • 2 green onions, chopped into thin rounds
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Make carrot ‘noodles’.  Peel skin off carrots and discard.  Continue peeling carrots to create long broad ‘noodles’.  Place in a large bowl.
  2. Food process garlic clove to mince.  Add tahini, lemon juice. nutritional yeast, olive oil, water, and salt and process until smooth.
  3. Add tahini sauce, green onion, mushrooms, cilantro, and lemon zest to carrot noodles.  Mix well, cover, and refrigerate 2-3 hours to allow flavors to marinate.

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Zucchini noodles have been around for some time and have been a recommended healthy substitute for wheat noodles.  A few years ago I made them a handful of times and they were good, but I still preferred regular pasta.  Within the last 8 months I’ve started to revisit zucchini noodles and have been having great success.  I make ‘linguini’ with my mandolin and soften them in a bit of olive oil.  Of course you have to keep an open mind when eating them but if you are trying to keep your vegetable intake high and your processed food intake low this is easy solution.  Zucchini noodles are mild in flavor so you can eat them raw.  I personally prefer to cook them as I like zucchini to be on the softer side.

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Since I have been inspired to eat more zucchini noodles I started looking into buying a spiralizer.  Yes my mandolin works, but we all know curly noodles are way more exciting.  And of course I have plenty of fun kitchen tools these days, so I didn’t want to buy a spiralizer that was large or expensive.  As you can imagine my kitchen cabinets and counters are very stocked.  Last week a Sur La Table catalogue came in the mail with a $15 off a purchase coupon.  Insert major excitement here!  While I was flipping through the catalogue wouldn’t you know it, there was a GEFU Spirelli spiral slicer for $29.95.  We have a local Sur La Table so I went in and checked it out.  The employees had great things to say about the little unit and I was sold.  And don’t forget I had my $15 of coupon!  Next grocery run I bought a few zucchini and tried it out.  The end result.. amazing!!!  I used the fettuccini side (there’s also a linguini side).  The device was easy to use and the middle 1cm of the zucchini is cored out.  I noticed one of the reviews complained about this feature but they fail to realize the seeds cause mushy noodles.  I will definitely be using this device all the time!

I made sautéed mushrooms and zucchini noodles served with a piece of baked salmon on top.  A super easy meal to throw together on a week night!

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Mushrooms and Zucchini Noodles

  • 2 cups thickly sliced mushrooms
  • 2 medium zucchini’s, spiraled into noodles
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • s&p
  1. Heat up the coconut oil over medium high heat in a large sauté pan.  Add mushrooms and cook until they start to caramelize and release their juices.  Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add the ghee to the same pan and once melted add the zucchini noodles.  Stir often until they are just softened – about 2 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms and their juices back in, season with s&p, and cook off the liquid.

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Even though I’m a vegetable lover cauliflower is not one I really gravitate towards.  I buy it on occasion for variety but it’s just so blah.  I used to roast with with garlic and drizzle lemon juice on top which was one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.  Not sure why I don’t do this anymore but I’m just not inspired by it.

Even though I’m not a huge fan I have definitely made my share of cauliflower recipes.  Cauliflower pizza, cauliflower mashed potatoes, cauliflower pilafs, cauliflower fritters.  These are all good, but none delicious enough for me to make often or even again.  (Yes fritters are always delicious but I don’t eat much fried food).  Of course there are a couple of winner cauliflower recipes out there.  I have blogged a cauliflower ‘alfredo’ sauce which I discovered through Pinterest and this is by far my favorite.  Seriously delicious.  I have made it a handful of more times and enjoyed it just as much as the first time.  My issue is even though it’s not difficult to make, I am looking for super simple dishes these days.  I don’t want to spend 20 minutes just making a sauce.  And this is where cauliflower fried rice comes in.  A one pot dish that doesn’t require any cauliflower prep beyond grating/food processing/blending a head of cauliflower.  Almost as easy as making a pot of rice.  And it is truly just as delicious as fried rice.  I wouldn’t lie.

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To me the trick to making the perfect cauliflower rice is to cook it quickly over medium-high heat to brown it.  I don’t want a pile of mush which can easily happen if your pan isn’t hot enough or if you cook too much in your pan at once.  I cooked the ‘rice’ in my large sauté pan first, set it aside on a plate, cooked the veggies, and then added the ‘rice’ back in.  You can use whatever vegetables you prefer and season however you desire.  I normally make fried rice with tamari but this version I changed it up.  I used lots of garlic and fresh ginger serving it with a simple nuoc cham sauce – a Vietnamese sauce typically served with noodle bowls.  The main flavor is fish sauce, funky but I like it.  I will definitely be making this dish again and again and again.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

  • 1 head cauliflower, grated (I used my blender)
  • coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons fried garlic, or 3 fresh garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 large celery stalks, sliced thin
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2″ knob fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • tofu, cut into small cubes
  • Bragg liquid aminos
  • s&p
  1. Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat.  Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil swirl to coat pan.  Add cauliflower and season with s&p.  Cook stirring often until cauliflower is just starting to brown.  This will take about 5 minutes.  Set aside on a plate (not a bowl to avoid steaming).
  2. Add garlic and onion to pan and cook 2-3 minutes until onion is fragrant.  If needed add a bit more coconut oil.  Stir in mushrooms, celery, carrot, and tofu.  Season with 1-2 tablespoons of the liquid amines and s&p.  Once veggies are tender crisp in about 5 minutes add in the ginger and bean sprouts.  Mix well.
  3. Stir in the cauliflower rice and continue to cook until bean sprouts are just wilted.
  4. Serve with nuoc cham sauce.

Nuac Cham Sauce

  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of 1 small lime (~3 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine.  Start with 1 tablespoon of honey and add more if desired.

 

 

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Pudding for breakfast!  Who doesn’t love the sound of that?  Healthy chocolate pudding.. sign me up!  Chia seeds are truly amazing.  They have numerous health benefits (which I am too lazy to add in) and can be consumed in a variety of ways.  Pudding is definitely my favorite!  As I was eating this I was brought to tapioca pudding.  Tapioca is one of my favorite desserts of all time so I was definitely in my happy place.  Some people have a hard time with the texture of chia seeds but this is no issue for me.  Especially if you let them gel up overnight.  They have a mild crunch with each bite and if you make your pudding thick it’s really quite delicious.

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I’ve only made a few batches of chia pudding in the past but recently have been exploring different foods discovering what works best with my body.  Chia foods is on the positive list.  I’m definitely on a food journey right now and I’m gearing up to share it all in a post sometime soon.  This explains my absence recently, I’m all over the place in my head trying to figure out where I want to ‘land’.

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But anyway, this past weekend we all went to a newish restaurant in Boulder, Zeal.  It’s food for enthusiasts all about fresh ingredients and simple combinations.  The concept is pretty great but the food did not deliver.  I had the special and found the sauce served with the dish to be just awful.  It was made from the pulp of their juices and it tasted like something that would come out of a garbage disposal.  I ate most of it just because but it was definitely tough.  Josh had the macro bowl which was also subpar.  He had more steamed cauliflower than anything else in his bowl.  Macro bowls are basic but they need some flare.  He was able to choose two sauces from their list to go with his meal and both he ordered were pretty awful too.  Neither of us had a good meal.  As for Cia I ordered her a smoothie which was delicious and also a bowl of chia pudding.  She was beyond her hungry stage and I needed something easy and simple for her.  She had the best meal by far!  But why would I go out and order chia pudding when I can easily make my own at home?  So that night Josh asked me to make us a batch..

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There’s really nothing to it.  Milk and chia seeds, mix, refrigerate, eat.  Of course it’s more exciting to spice it up a little so I did.  I used unsweetened almond coconut milk for the milk and added in cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla creme stevia, raw cacao powder, and shredded coconut.  YUM!  As for toppings I chopped up some turkish apricots, sprinkled on come cacao nibs, walnut halves, and a little more shredded coconut.  What a delicious breakfast.  This is going to be in the weekly rotation for sure.  Cia enjoyed a nice big bowl too.

IMG_4183Chia Pudding

  • 5 oz bag of chia seeds
  • 1 quart unsweetened almond coconut milk (Almond Breeze refrigerated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 4 drops vanilla creme steva (SweetLeaf)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  1. Place all in a large tupperware container or glass bowl.  Mix well to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Whisk well before serving.
  4. Eat as is or top with whatever suits your mood..
  • chopped turkish apricots or any other dried/fresh fruit
  • shredded coconuts
  • walnuts or any other nut
  • cacao nibs

Egg Salad

March 30th, 2014 | Posted by eatingwithsporks in Eggs | Salads - (0 Comments)

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First of all check out the plate in the picture.  I finally bought new dinnerware!  I’ve had the same plates for almost 10 years and even though they served me well it was about time to update my kitchen.  I have been looking casually for the last month or so and when I saw these they immediately caught my eye.  I didn’t buy them right away as I wasn’t 100% sure.  They are a bit busy, but I knew I wanted a fresh change.  Something a bit funky but not too over the top.  And then I got a coupon in the mail!  Of course this was the universe telling me yes these are them!  This was our first meal on our new plates.  I love the look and feel.  Perfect :).

Saturdays are always my least favorite day to cook.  I normally manage breakfast but have no desire to do anything in the kitchen for lunch or dinner.  So Friday night I thought ahead and hard boiled a few eggs and made egg salad.  It was awesome when Josh mentioned a dinner suggestion and I was able to say it’s already made and ready to eat!  We spent the late afternoon at the playground and came home to a light but satisfying salad.

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  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vegenaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • s&p
  1. Peel and chop hard boiled eggs.  I have a handy egg slice which I love using!
  2. Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until serving.
  • butter lettuce
  • avocado
  • shredded carrots
  • blueberry balsamic vinegar
  1. Place greens on a plates and top with avocado chunks and carrots.
  2. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of blueberry balsamic vinegar.
  3. Serve with egg salad on top.