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On a recent quest to detoxify my body, and lacking the willpower for another 7 day liquid cleanse, I decided to stick to a Raw menu for a few weeks. This dish is just one of the many delicious & satisfying meals I have been feasting on, which I decided to recreate after having it at one of my favourite Veggie haunts. To be honest, the idea of eating Zucchini uncooked has never really appealed to me – along with Broccoli, Cauliflower and Mushrooms…And so, despite the hype around Zucchini ‘Pasta’, I hadn’t even considered trying it – until it was the only raw choice on the menu one night, and now I’m so glad I did! Julienning the Zucchini into long, thin strips creates mock noodles with just the right texture, and they’re packed with fibre & water unlike heavy, starchy pasta. But it’s the zesty Basil Pesto and juicy Cherry Tomatoes that make this dish so heavenly – nothing can beat homemade Pesto! I like mine with lots of garlic, so if you’re not a big fan then adjust accordingly. These noodles are topped with Gomasio (a mixture of Sesame Seeds & Salt) for some crunch, but you can just as easily replace it with finely chopped Almonds or Sunflower Seeds…You’ll be surprised by how filling this dish actually is!

Ingredients: (2 servings)

2 medium sized Zucchini

handful of Cherry Tomatoes, halved

1 Tblsp. Sundried Tomatoes, chopped

Gomasio to sprinkle on top (or finely chopped Almonds/Sunflower Seeds)

For the Basil Pesto: (from The 30-Minute Vegan: Over 175 Quick, Delicious, and Healthy Recipes for Everyday Cooking) – makes 1 cup

1 1/2 cups fresh Basil leaves, packed

1/4 cup plus 2 Tblsp. Pine Nuts

1/2 cup plus 2 Tblsp. Olive Oil

2 Tblsp. freshly squeezed Lemon Juice

2-3 Garlic cloves (I used 3…)

1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

1 tsp. Nutritional Yeast (optional)

 

Method:

– After washing the Zucchini, cut the tops & tails off and, using a Mandoline, julienne into long, thin strips (make sure they are not too thick). Place in a large bowl, along with the Cherry Tomatoes and Sundried Tomatoes.

– Combine all the ingredients for the Pesto in a food processor or high-speed blender, and blend until mostly smooth.

– Mix Pesto with Zucchini Noodles (you may only need half the batch), and top with Gomasio.

*Enjoy, guilt-free!

 

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Spaghetti Bolognaise & Lasagne were my two most requested dinners when I was young – I’m sure my Mum must have gotten tired of making them! They were also the first dishes I learnt to make when I moved out of home, before that my specialty was melted Cheese on Toast…To this day I still love a good Bolognaise, except now I make it without the smelly Mince-meat (which used to make me gag when I was cooking it!). This recipe is pretty basic as I just used what I had around that night, but feel free to add some other veggies if you like – Eggplant, Courgettes or Carrots would go well too. You could also roast your veg first, rather than pan-fry, and then add them to the Tomato Sauce before blending, mmm…The ultimate comfort food – tastes just like Mum’s Bolognaise!

Ingredients: (2-4 servings)

1 pkt. Gluten-free Spaghetti Pasta

1 clove Garlic, minced

1/2 Onion, diced

1/2 each of Red Bell Pepper & Yellow Bell Pepper, diced

1 Tomato, diced

1 tin crushed Tomatoes (Fire roasted is good)

handful of Kalamata Olives, halved

3-4 Sundried Tomatoes, rehydrated & chopped

pinch each of dried Basil & Oregano

a few leaves of Fresh Basil, chopped finely

Optional: 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes (if you want it to have a bit of spice…)

 

Method:

– Boil water with a dash of Olive Oil & Salt, and cook Pasta according to instructions on packet.

– In a large Saucepan heat some Oil and sauté Onions until they begin to soften. Add Garlic and sauté until it begins to release its aroma, then add Bell Peppers and pan-fry until they begin to soften.

– Add Tomato, dried Herbs, optional Red Pepper Flakes, and Sundried Tomatoes,  and stir to combine. Pour in the tin of Tomatoes, bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer (add a little water if mixture looks too thick). Allow to cook on low until the vegetables are cooked & softened (about 15mins.), then add Olives & Basil and remove from heat.

– With a hand blender (or in a blender), purée the Sauce leaving about half of it chunky. Add drained Pasta, and serve in a big bowl…

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Sassy Salsas…

Guest Post by Alexandra M.

 At our last BBQ my fellow foodie friend & blogger, Alex, brought along a delicious Mango Salsa which I pretty much scoffed to myself without sharing with anyone else! After weeks of hounding her for this post, I’ve finally manged to get her to share her yummy Summer Salsas with us 🙂 Thank you, Alex! Check out her awesome photos of Hong Kong on her blog ‘From Hong Kong with Love’

Summertime spells S-A-L-S-A in my mind. With the relentless heat in Hong Kong, this cooling mix of bright flavors always hits the spot! Easily adaptable and so simple to throw together at the last minute with whatever you have on hand. Yum!
CORN SALSA


Ingredients:
1 ear Corn on the cob
1 small [Japanese] Cucumber
½ an Orange Pepper [or any, but I like the mix of colors as the salsa already has red, green and yellow]
½ a firm Tomato [or around ½ cup cherry tomatoes]
¼ Red Onion, finely minced
1 handful finely chopped Coriander
Juice of ½ to 1 Lime [I used 1 small key lime]
Salt and Pepper to taste
Optional: 1 small Chili, seeds removed [or left in, if you like that sort of thing!] and finely minced
 
– Peel husk off of the Corn and wash it. Thoroughly dry the corn off with a paper towel and grill on a BBQ or grill pan until slightly browned in places and fully cooked. Using a sharp knife, hold the corn over a bowl [I usually do it straight into the bowl I am serving it out of] and slice all the kernels off, scraping residual corn off the cob [carefully] with your knife. Set aside.
– Chop the Cucumber, Orange Pepper and Tomato in to small pieces [sometimes I’m lazy and just quickly chop it all in to chunks, but the more care you take in chopping everything in to very small pieces, the nicer the finished dish will look].
– Place Corn, Cucumber, Pepper, Tomato, Red onion & Coriander in a medium sized bowl. Juice your Lime, pouring the juice over and tossing to evenly mix together and coat all the vegetables. [You can use a juicer, but for a small amount I usually just stick a fork in one half and squeeze the Lime around it. Use the larger or smaller amount of Lime juice depending on your taste, but I usually add the larger amount because i love sour things!]

Delicious on its own as a salad, heaped on tortilla chips, or with grilled skewers on top!       

And two variations using the same method:
MANGO SALSA

1 Mango, peeled & de-seeded and diced in to very small cubes
1 small [Japanese] Cucumber, chopped finely
½ a firm Tomato [or around ½ cup Cherry Tomatoes]
¼ Red Onion, finely minced
1 handful finely chopped Coriander
Juice of ½ to 1 Lime
Salt and Pepper to taste
Optional: 1 small chili, seeds removed and finely minced

Chop all vegetables in to small pieces. Add Lime juice and toss well to combine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       BASIC SALSA
 

2-3 firm Tomatoes, chopped in to small pieces
I small Chili, seeded and finely minced
Juice of ½ to 1 Lime
1tsp. Cornstarch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Whisk cornstarch with lime juice. Add Lime juice to Tomatoes & Chilli, and toss well to combine.

Post by Alexandra M.

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Gazpacho…

Every now and then, if I start to feel groggy, tired & bloated from a bit of neglect, I have a Raw Juice Day (or 2, or 3…) to revitalise myself. [Check out my Veggie Juice post for an idea of what I like to juice when I do a cleanse]. Usually I have no problem with drinking only liquids for the day, especially when it’s as hot as it has been lately…But in the evenings I start to crave something a bit more substantial – something that can be had on a fork or spoon, not through a straw! Enter the Gazpacho: perfect for a Raw Juice Day as half of it is blended, aiding digestion, and it doesn’t get heated so it’s full of raw energizing goodness. This is also great when you feel like something satisfying, but not too heavy due to the Summer heat, and it can be whipped up in minutes.

Ingredients: (another great recipe from You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan!: 200 Recipes for Simple and Delicious Animal-Free Cuisine)

Serves 6-8

5 large fresh Tomatoes, cored and diced

1 medium Red Onion, peeled and finely diced

1-2 Cucumbers, peeled and diced

1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and diced finely

1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, seeded and diced finely

Juice of 2 Lemons (about 6 Tblsp.)

Juice of 2 small Limes (about 2 Tblsp.)

1/4 cup Tamari/Braggs Liquid Aminos

2 Tblsp. Hot Sauce or 1 small Chilli finely chopped

1/2 tsp. Sea Salt (taste soup first & then add if needed)

1/2 ripe Avocado, diced

handful each of finely chopped, fresh Cilantro, Basil and Parsley

 

Method:

– Combine diced Tomatoes, Onion, Cucumbers, and Bell Peppers in a large bowl.

– Add the Lemon & Lime Juice, Tamari, Hot Sauce/Chilli, and Salt (if needed).

– Put about half (or more) of the mixture into a Blender and blend for 30 seconds until finely textured.

– Combine blended mixture with diced mixture, stir in Avocado and fresh Cilantro, Basil & Parsley.

– Cover and refrigerate until chilled, or if already cold – serve.

*Make sure to cut everything into very small pieces…

 

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When I found these little babies at an Organic Shop out of town, I knew they would be wasted if they were mixed with anything else – so I decided to make the perfect Tomato Salad to showcase their sweetness. According to Jamie Oliver, for sweet Cherry Tomatoes you need to put them in a colander after cutting, sprinkle with a bit of Salt and leave them to drain. The Salt draws out the excess moisture and drains off – apparently this method brings out their flavour…It seems to have worked, because these Tomatoes tasted like heaven!

Ingredients:

2 cups of mixed, organic Cherry Tomatoes, chopped (some cut horizontally, others vertically)

1/2 Red Onion, diced finely

1 large clove of Garlic, minced

a few fresh Basil leaves, chopped finely

Dressing:

1 Tblsp. Red Wine Vinegar

1/2 Tblsp. Balsamic Vinegar

2-3 Tblsp. Olive Oil

1 tsp. Pesto (optional)

 

Method:

Place chopped Tomatoes in a colander and sprinkle with Salt. Leave to drain over sink or bowl for atleast 15 minutes.

– Once drained, place Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic and Basil in a bowl.

– Shake Dressing ingredients in a jar, and pour over Tomato mixture. Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.

* Pesto recipe coming soon…

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