Raw Vegan Pad Thai

raw_vegan_pad_thai_cu

Ingredients 

  • 2 organic zucchini 
  • 1 organic carrot 
  • 1/4 cup red cabbage
  • 1/2 organic lime 
  • 1/2 cup of raw, organic cashews
  • 1 organic orange
  • One thumb of organic ginger
  • One tbsp organic tamari sauce 
  • One tsp Himalayin sea salt
  • One tsp coconut aminos

Tools

  • Spiralizer
  • Blender

Method

  1. Soak the cashews for several hours until soft
  2. Drain cashews
  3. Blend Cashews
  4. Add in juice from orange, ginger, tamari sauce, Himalayan sea salt, and coconut aminos 
  5. Blend
  6. Add water as needed (probably around 1/4 cup)
  7. Spiralize zuuchinis to make zoodles
  8. Chop red cabbage and carrots
  9. Combine zoodles, cabbage, and carrots in a mixing bowl with the “peanut sauce”
  10. Mix
  11. Serve with sliced cucumber and lime (optional)

 

raw_vegan_pad_thai 

Raw Vegan Nice Cream

raw_vegan_nice_cream.JPG

Ingredients 

  • 2 organic bananas
  • 2 organic medjool dates
  • 5 organic strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of organic blueberries
  • 1 tbsp organic shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt (optional)

Tools

  • Food processor
  • Bowl (for soaking)

Method

  1. Freeze the bananas for several hours
  2. Soak the dates for an hour
  3. Remove the dates from water
  4. Pit and chop the dates
  5. In the food processor, blend bananas and dates until smooth
  6. If necessary, add water (be careful you don’t add too much!)
  7. Add salt to taste (optional)
  8. Remove nice cream from food processor, and put in bowl
  9. Top with chopped strawberries, blueberries, and shredded coconut

Notes

This recipe turns out different every time I make it. Don’t expect the same results every time, and be careful when adding water (unless you like soupy ice cream).

NYC Vegan & Gluten Free Recommendations (Part 1)

When my day job asked me to go to NYC for work, my immediate thought was “YES, vegan food!” By the time I booked my flight, I already had a list of restaurants within a mile radius from the Bryant Park office prioritized from “most desirable” to “still pretty desirable” (I take organization as seriously as I take eating).

I’m calling this list “Part 1” because there were too many delicious options for just one visit.

Pure Thai Cookhouse

While living in Thailand, I naturally developed an obsession with Thai food. Whenever I’m in a new city, I always try to go to at least one Thai place. Not only do I have a good sense of what’s going to be vegan & gluten free, but the food is rarely anything less than delicious.

I stumbled upon Pure Thai Cookhouse with some colleagues. The best part? The menu had labels for items that were 100% vegan. I decided on the Wok Vegetable Medley With Tofu, and although I was too hungry to snap a pic, the meal did not disappoint.

Green Symphony

Green Symphony was only a mile from my office, so it was the perfect lunch time cafe. When I first arrived, I was a little bit confused by the set up- Fresh hot food, salads, smoothies/juice bar, and a health food store all in a tiny space? But that small space held so much greatness. I decided on a “build your own”  salad with miso ginger dressing. Green Symphony was the perfect find for a quick, healthy bite. Green_Symphony

By Chloe

Before leaving for NYC, I did an Instagram scan of #NYCvegan. I was drooling over pictures of meals from By Chloe, so it was one of the top places on my list. I ate the Quinoa Taco Salad (gluten free), and it left me speechless. I devoured the entire thing in about 10 minutes, and would have gone back for more if I had the time.

By_Chloe.JPG

Quintessence

I came across Quintessence in a Yelp search for raw vegan NYC cafes. It was a bit of a trip from where I was staying, so I decided to treat myself to a solo afternoon adventure. Everything about this place jived with me. After a lengthy internal debate over what to order and a consultation with the super friendly staff, I picked the Q Club Sandwich. This turned out to be my dream cafe and my dream meal. It was my favorite meal in NYC (but remember, I’m hoping this is only Part 1).

Quintessence_1

Quintessence_2

What’s next?

My list of vegan restaurants was much longer than the amount of meals I was in NYC for, so I still have quite a few options for next time including:

If you have a favorite, I would love to hear about it!

 

Raw Vegan Almond Nut Burgers

almond_nut_burger.JPG

Ingredients (*makes 8 burgers)

  • 2 cups of organic almonds
  • 1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes
  • 1/2 organic red pepper
  • 1/4 organic yellow onion
  • 1 organic carrot
  • 1/2 cup organic kale
  • 2 organic garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp organic cumin
  • 1 tbsp organic paprika
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Himalayan sea salt

Tools

  • Bowls (for soaking)
  • Food processor
  • Knife (for chopping)

Method

  1. Soak the almonds and sundried tomatoes separately for several hours to soften them
  2. Chop the carrot, onion, pepper, kale, and garlic cloves
  3. Drain the almonds
  4. Remove the sundried tomatoes from the water, but keep the water
  5. In the food processor, blend the almonds
  6. Slowly add in all other ingredients
  7. Blend until smooth
  8. Add the water from the soaked sundried tomatoes as necessary
  9. Once you are happy with the consistency, form “burgers” out of the mixture
  10. (Optional) top with cashew cheeze sauce

 

Raw Vegan Mac and Cheeze

raw_vegan_mac_and_cheeze_2.JPG

Ingredients

  • 2 organic zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup raw, organic cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 organic red pepper
  • 2 tbsp organic olive oil
  • 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp organic oregano
  • 1 tsp organic smoked paprika

Tools

Method

  1. Soak the cashews for several hours to soften them
  2. Drain the cashews
  3. In a food processor combine cashews, pepper, olive oil, Himalayan sea salt, and oregano
  4. Blend- adding additional ingredients or water as needed to obtain the desired consistency
  5. Spiralize the zucchini
  6. Combine zucchini and cheeze sauce
  7. Top with paprika

Variations

I use this cheeze sauce on everything from raw vegan burgers (recipe coming soon!) to nachos. You can also use it on regular cooked noodles or quinoa noodles for a gluten free option.

Raw_Vegan_Cheeze.JPG

Zoodles with Raw Vegan Avocado Cream

 

zoodles_with_avocado_sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 organic zucchinis
  • 1 organic avocado (make sure it is ripe a creamy!)
  • 1 tbsp organic, unrefined, extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp organic basil
  • 1 tsp organic oregano
  • Himalayan sea salt (to taste)

Tools

Method

  1. Spiralize the zucchini
  2. In a blender, combine avocado, olive oil, basil, oregano
    • You may consider adding some water in to smooth out the sauce
  3. Add salt as needed
  4. Mix the zoodles and sauce

Pulled Jackfruit with Raw Vegan BBQ Sauce

I live in Austin, TX, which means visitors always want BBQ! I have known about pulled jackfruit for a while, but I typically try to avoid anything that resembles meat. On a recent visit home to St. Pete, FL, I stopped at the Cider Press Café with some friends for a raw vegan dinner. After stealing a bite of their delicious BBQ Jack sandwich, I was hooked and determined to make it at home. This pig-friendly pulled pork alternative has become one of my favorites! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any whole jackfruit back in Austin, so I used canned, organic jackfruit for this recipe.

pulled_jackfruit

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of organic young jackfruit
  • 1 organic onion (I used red)
  • 1 organic garlic clove
  • Organic unrefined coconut oil (for pan)

Raw Vegan BBQ Sauce

  • 2 organic tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp organic smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp organic oregano
  • 1/4 tsp organic cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp organic cumin
  • 1/4 tsp organic pepper
  • 1/4 cup of soaked cashews (optional for a thicker sauce)

Tools

  • Pan
  • Knife
  • Fork (or something to pull the jackfruit)
  • Food Processor (for sauce)

Method

Raw Vegan BBQ Sauce

  1. If using cashews, soak for several hours
  2. Combine tomatoes, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, paprika, oregano, basil, cayenne, and cumin in a food processor
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. For added thickness, add in cashews
  5. Add pepper for taste

Pulled Jackfruit

  1. Put a bit of coconut oil in pan
  2. Cut onion and garlic and place in pan on a low heat
  3. Once the onion has softened, drain the jackfruit and add to pan
  4. Let sit on a low heat for 5-10 minutes
  5. Use a fork (or other utensil) to “pull” jackfruit
  6. In the bowl, combine the jackfruit/onion mix with BBQ sauce

Optional Additions

If you would like to use this recipe on a sandwich, I would HIGHLY recommend trying Little Northern Bakehouse (vegan + gluten free).

pulled_jackfruit_sandwhich