Amazing Chickpea Salad

ChickPea Salad

Chickpea Salad

This is BOMB served in a wrap with fresh veggies and lettuce or in between your favorite sprouted whole grain or gluten free bread slices-

LOVE THIS! The celery really makes it taste like a mock tuna fish salad so don’t skimp! Feel free to choose other add-ins, like olives, herbs, fresh sweet peppers etc….

1 1/2c cooked chickpeas

2 stalks celery, minced

¬ľ red onion, super minced *opt

1/3c vegan mayonnaise

1t ume vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

2t dulse *opt (more like a tuna fish taste)

pinch cayenne pepper *opt

Place the drained chickpeas in a bowl and mash slightly with a fork or the backside of a large spoon. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined and well incorporated.

If you have a food processor, you can do all of the grunt work in it- start by processing the celery, then the onions- remove to the work bowl, then process the chickpeas by pulsing- not over processing, but letting the chickpeas stay somewhat intact- then add all other ingredients intot he work bowl and mix.

*chickpea sandwich

Spicy Raw Almond Sesame Sauce

*almond sesame noodles

Not all of the ingredients in this sauce are raw,¬†however feel free to add in, subtract out what you need. Just the perfect amount of spicy heat. I sauced up some organic gluten free buckwheat noodles and sprinkled black sesames atop…nomnomnomnomnom

Spicy Raw Almond Sesame Sauce

1/2c raw almond butter

1/2t toasted sesame oil

1T sriracha or hot sauce

2T tamari

2t maple syrup or sucanat

2t hot sesame oil

1/4c sesame seeds

2T mirin

1t brown rice vinegar

1‚ÄĚ piece of fresh ginger

1 clove garlic

1/2c- 3/4c water

3T fresh cilantro* opt

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients except the water.

Slowly add the water in, starting out with a 1/2c and adding more depending on the thickness desired, up to 3/4of a cup.

Delicious served over buckwheat soba, or with fresh shredded cabbage to make zesty coleslaw.

**Sriracha hot chili sauce can be found in most specialty markets, Asian markets, and even in some health food stores.

Creamy Vegan Coleslaw

*Creamy Vegan Coleslaw

Creamy Vegan Coleslaw 

1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded

1 medium carrot, shredded

1T maple syrup or raw agave or raw honey

1/2c veganaise or another type prepared vegan mayonnaise

2T olive oil

1/4c apple cider vinegar

1T salt

1/2t ground black pepper

Place the cabbage and carrots in a large bowl. Sprinkle 1T of salt over the cabbage/ carrot mixture. Place a plate over it and let stand for 20 minutes. or longer. You can actually let the cabbage stand overnight to initiate fermentation- which makes the cabbage easier to digest.

Remove the plate and rinse the cabbage and drain well. In a large bowl, add the cabbage and the remaining ingredients; the mayonnaise, sweetener, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and pepper, and mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. You may or may not need to salt the mixture.

Adjust the seasoning before serving.

Sesame Tahini Ginger Dressing

*tahini ginger dressing

This dressing is to DIE FOR! Sooooooooo fricken yummy and easy to make. Tahini offers more protein than milk and plenty of calcium to boot. The ginger has been used in eastern medicine as a natural anti inflammatory and pain killer so after a killer HERO WOD this morning this was the perfect outfit to dress my salad up in. You can feel free to omit or add other flavors to this, I love it on the lemony side. Served over fresh salad greens with avocado is my favorite but it would be delicious as a sauce for steamed veggies or for GF buckwheat soba noodles as well.

Sesame Tahini Ginger Dressing

1/2c raw tahini

1/2c water

1 clove garlic, smashed

1t raw agave or honey

1T rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar

1T shoyu (raw) or tamari (GF)

2T extra virgin olive oil

1/4t pink salt or to taste

1 lemon, juiced

2T sesame seeds

1‚ÄĚ piece of fresh ginger

1t hot sesame oil

2T black or white sesame seeds- to be added to dressing after-*optional

In a blender, process all ingredients until smooth. Adjust seasonings for taste. This will set up in the fridge, you can thin it out by adding a bit more water and or lemon juice.

Buckwheat Soba Salad Bowl

BUCKWHEAT NOODLE SALAD

Sesame Ginger Noodle Sauce

1/4c tamari

1/4c mirin

2t hot sesame oil

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

1″ fresh ginger, grated

1T water

1T extra virgin olive oil

1t raw agave or honey

1/4t cayenne pepper

1/2 lemon, juiced

Place all ingredients in a jar and set aside. You will not need all of the dressing however it is amazing to have on hand and in the fridge.

Noodles

 1 pound of 100% buckwheat soba

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the soba and cook until al dente. Rinse well with fresh water, then drain and set aside. Toss with oil (olive or hot sesame) to prevent them from sticking.

Salad fixings

1/2 cucumber, julienned

1 small carrot, julienned

2c fresh bean sprouts

1/4c snap peas, julienned

1/2 red pepper, julienned

1 ripe avocado, sliced

2T black sesame seeds

1 stalk celery, julienned

1/4c fresh cilantro, minced

fresh lime or lemon

salt & pepper to taste

Salad prep:

Toss all of the fresh vegetables except the avocado slices with the noodles, Dress with 1/4c of the noodle sauce- more or less to taste. Top with the fresh avocado. Adjust for flavor with salt, and squeeze fresh lime or lemon juice. Serve room temp or cold. Delicious the next day if there is any left over!

Zucchini & Buckwheat Noodle Salad

*buckwheat Zucchini noodle bowl salad

A mix of fresh, raw and wholesome, nutrient dense cooked yum in a bowl. Feel free to add more crisp vegetables like sprouts, grated carrots, snow peas, fresh mushrooms etc. Fast, quick, easy and uncomplicated, this dish packs a filling, nutritious bite in no time at all.

Noodles

1 Pound of 100% buckwheat soba

1 zucchini squash- spirulized ( you will need a spirulizer for this!

1/4 red pepper, minced or small dice

Salad Greens

I used red leaf lettuce in chiffonade or thinly sliced

toss with lemon juice

1 t hot sesame oil

salt & pepper

Set aside in serving bowl

Soba Sauce

I make a lot of this and have it in the fridge ready to go at ALL TIMES. Perfect quick toss for noodles or for dipping.

1/2c tamari

1/4c mirin

1″ piece of fresh ginger, grated or thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

2t hot sesame oil

1T water- if needed

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the soba and cook until al dente. Rinse well with fresh water, then drain and set aside.

Spirulize the squash, salt with about 1/2t pink salt and set in a colander in the sink for several minutes to soften.

In a large bowl, toss the cooled buckwheat noodles with the zucchini noodles and add your preference of Soba Sauce (to taste).

In a serving bowl, add the shredded greens (and any other fresh veggies you would like to your noodle bowl!) and the layer on a serving of dressed noodles. Top with the minced red pepper and serve warm or cold. FRICKEN DELICIOUS.

 

Peanut Butter Power Smoothie

*Peanut Butter Power Smoothie

Peanut Butter Power Smoothie

1c nut milk

1T coconut oil

2t raw agave or raw local honey

2T peanut butter

1t vanilla

1scoop protein powder

1T chia seeds

1T hemp seeds

pinch Himalayan sea salt

1c ice

Blend all ingredients together except the ice and process until smooth- taste and adjust if needed

Add the ice and blend just until smooth.

 

Green *FRICKEN AMAZING* Falafel

*green falafal

GREEN FALFEL 

Unbelievably delicious……this greened Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus and lemon tahini sauce or as a main course. Stuff whole grain Pita Bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, lemon tahini sauce, salt and pepper. As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and eaten like a veggie burger. SO FRICKEN YUM.

Makes over a dozen patties. Can be easily frozen.

3c fresh kale, de-stemmed, torn into small pieces

3c chickpeas, cooked, rinsed, drained (= about 2 cans)

1 onion, rough chopped

1/4c fresh parsley

3T tahini- I use raw

1T cumin

1T pink salt

4 cloves garlic, smashed

1c cooked brown rice

1/2c barley flour

2 lemons, juiced

Olive or grape seed oil for pan-frying.

Combine all ingredients except the barley flour in a food processor and process until a smooth paste is formed. Taste and adjust the seasonings; more salt, more cumin, more lemon juice etc. ßto your liking.

Heat up a large cast iron skillet or frying pan over low heat.

Transfer into a mixing bowl and add the flour and mix in until well incorporated.

Add the oil into the hot pan. With a cookie scoop, scoop out the chickpea mixture and place in the pan, not overcrowding. With a spatula, gently flatten the domes. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side or until they are golden brown crusted and then flip. Remove to a plate. Eat cold or hot! Serve with Lemon Tahini sauce.

Lemon Tahini sauce 

Juice of 1 lemon

¬Ĺc tahini

pink salt to taste

black pepper

1/4c water

In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk until smooth and to the desired consistency. If a thicker sauce is preferred, use less water. Serve over cooked greens, salads, or falafel.

Avocado Tomato Toast

*avocado tomato toast

Avocado Tomato Toast/ Open Faced Sandwich

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 lemon, juiced

1T extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

1 small, ripe tomato, thinly sliced

1 large slice whole grain or Gluten-free Bread

Toast the bread. In a small bowl, smash the avocado with the lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

When the toast is ready, spread the avocado over the entire piece. Top the avocado with the tomato slices. Drizzle with more olive oil and  sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Eat immediately.

SO.YUM.

Pickled Beets

*pickled beets

These keep amazingly well in the fridge- even though they may not last as long as you would like! They develop a deeper integrated flavor if you let them set overnight.They are a great accompaniment to lunches and sandwich type meals. Instead of using hot vinegar, I toss everything together while the beets are still warm and let them sit and mingle on the counter for several hours after mixing, then into the fridge.

Pickled Beets with Red Onions

3 pounds red beets, scrubbed and washed

1 small onion, sliced very thinly

3T eextra virgin olive oil

1/4c apple cider vinegar

1T red wine vinegar

1/2t salt

1/4t black pepper

2T maple syrup or raw agave or raw local honey

4c water

1/2t salt

Trim both ends of the beet off but leave the skin on. In a large pot, place the trimmed, whole beets and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low, simmering for 30-40 minutes partially covered, until the beets are tender all the way into the center. Drain. The skin should slip off the beets, if not, using a peeler, remove the skins and set aside. Using a mandolin or a sharp knife, slice the beets in rounds, evenly and thin. In a large bowl, place the sliced beets, sliced red onion, salt, pepper, olive oil, sweetener, and vinegar. Gently toss with a large spoon. Adjust the seasonings. This can be eaten right away but it gets better as it sits- I recommend refrigerating at least 6 hours before serving.