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Kohlrabi Granny Smith Apple Slaw

Kohlrabi is a rather odd looking vegetable that has taste and texture somewhere between broccoli stems and cabbage!  I planted way too much this summer and as it took over half of my green house I was continually looking for new and creative ways to eat it! It pairs beautifully with tart granny smith apples and a creamy cashew, lime, and mint dressing. I used a mandolin to slice the apples and kohlrabi but if you don’t have one you could grate them coarsely. I love to serve this salad with Tempeh Tacos with Pineapple Kim chi!

 

 

Ingredients:

Serves 4 as a side salad

  • 1 fist sized kohlrabi, peeled
  • 1 large organic granny smith apple

With a mandolin, slice the kohlrabi and the apple into thin strips. (use the blade that creates about 1/8 in. strips) Combine in a medium sized bowl. Set aside while you prepare the dressing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dressing:

  • 1/2 cups of raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp. pink himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • juice of one lime (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh mint
  • 2 sliced green onions
  • lots of fresh cracked black pepper

Combine the cashews, water, salt, maple syrup, avocado oil, and lime in a high speed blender. Blend until silky smooth.Toss the apple and kohlrabi with the prepared dressing. Stir in the mint and green onion. Serve topped with lots of freshly cracked black pepper!

 

 

Lacto Fermented Salsa Fresca

The diets of every traditional society have included some kind of lacto fermented food. This salsa is as simple as preparing a salsa fresca with the addition of a little kombucha and then leaving it on the counter for 2 or 3 days to ferment. It is not only delicious but loaded with enzymes and probiotics which will enhance the digestibility of whatever you serve it on. Tomatoes are at the peak of their season right now so check out the farmers market for the beefiest, ripest tomatoes that you can find!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

(makes about 3 cups)

  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 large beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 medium red pepper, seeded and chopped finely
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 clove of garlic peeled and minced
  • a hand full of fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. of pink himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup of kombucha
  • a 1 litre mason jar
  • a zip lock sandwich bag to make a weight

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix with your hands to combine.

 

 

Scoop the mixture into a 1 litre mason jar. Press down gently with your hands until the veggies are submerged in liquid which will be a combination of tomato juices and kombucha.

 

 

 

Fill a zip lock bag about 2/3 full of water and then seal, pressing out the air as you seal it. You can alternatively use an air lock system if you have one or glass pebbles that sit on top of the mixture to keep it submerged.

 

 

Place the water filled bag on top of the salsa in the mason jar. As it settles it will press the veggies underneath the liquid which is crucial to avoid mold growing.

 

 

Allow the salsa to sit at room temperature for 2-3 days. The rate of fermentation will depend on the temperature in your kitchen. Taste it after 2 days. It should be slightly bubbly and have a fermented taste to it. If not, let it sit another day. When ready, remove the water filled bag, cap it with a mason jar seal and ring and store in the fridge until ready to eat!

Use it wherever you would an ordinary salsa!

A Sante!

Raspberry Chipotle Sauerkraut

This red cabbage kraut jewelled with sweet summer raspberries and a pinch of dried chipotle is delicious on just about everything from tacos to salads to a toasted slice of sour dough bread with a thick layer of tree nut or goat cheese!  (See the recipe to make your own macadamia nut goat cheese under Salads, Kale with Hazelnuts, Pear, and Macadamia Goat Cheese in a Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette)  A small amount of sauerkraut everyday along with a meal adds a healthy dose of probiotics to your diet. I have a fermentation crock but I will also share with you a simple method for fermenting cabbage that doesn’t involve having a crock. A few litre mason jars and some heavy duty zip lock bags filled with water as a weight will do the trick.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium organic purple cabbages, outer leaves removed
  • 5 Tbsp. of salt (unrefined sea salt or pink himalayan salt. I used some beautiful Icelandic sea salt that my son brought back for Iceland!
  • 2 tsp. of dried chipotle pepper powder

21/2 cups of fresh or frozen organic raspberries

Cut and core the cabbage and then with a sharp knife cut it into slices. Place the cabbage into a large bowl, one you can really get your hands into!  I cut it relatively thin but not too thin as I like a coarser texture to my sauerkraut. I had to include a photo of the purple cabbage goddess!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the 5 tbsp. of salt to the sliced cabbage. Massage the cabbage and salt well with clean hands until it begins to soften and some of water from the cabbage begins to pool in the bottom of the bowl. This will take a good 15-20 minutes. Add the chipotle powder and the raspberries to the cabbage and mix well with your hands until combined.

 

 

 

If using a fermentation crock:

With your hands, transfer the mixture to the crock and press down well with your hands to pack it tightly into the bottom of the crock. The liquid from the cabbage should begin to ooze toward the top of the mixture.

 

 

Place the weights that come with the crock on top of the cabbage mixture.

 

The liquid may not initially rise to cover the cabbage but after 8 hours or so the salt in the mixture will encourage the cabbage to release more moisture so that the liquid level rises above the cabbage. If after 8 hours this is not happening, add enough water to cover the cabbage. If the cabbage is not submerged mold will develop.  Fill the rim at the top of the crock with water to create a seal and put the lid on. This will allow C02 to escape but no air to get in. Place the crock out of direct sunlight in a spot that is between 15 and 20 degrees C. (55 and 72 degrees F) The sauerkraut will be fully fermented in two weeks although you can still remove small amounts and eat it before the full two weeks if desired.

 

 

If you are using a mason jar:

Follow the same procedure as if using a crock by filling your mason jars with the cabbage mixture and then pressing the mixture firmly into the bottom of the jars until the moisture from the cabbage rises to the level of the cabbage. Fill a heavy duty zip lock bag (sandwich size) with water and set it on top of the cabbage filled mason jar. The weight of the water filled bag will keep the cabbage submerged under the liquid. If after 8 hours, the liquid has still no risen to submerge the cabbage, top it up with a little water. It is important to keep the cabbage submerged so that mold doesn’t grow on the exposed cabbage. Place the kraut in a dark place between 15 and 20 degrees C. for 15 days. Check it periodically to make sure that all of the cabbage is submerged in the brine.

After fifteen days:

When the sauerkraut is fully fermented, scoop the kraut out of the crock or mason jars with clean hands into mason jars. Put lids on the jars.  At this point it must be stored in the fridge. It will last several months in the fridge.

Trouble shooting:

  • If mold develops on the top of your sauerkraut simply scoop it off. A greyish or greenish mold is completely normal however if it is black, pink, or orange make sure you discard it!
  • If your sauerkraut is soggy or lacks crunch, you didn’t use enough salt

 

 

 

 

 

Raw “Ono” Hawaiian Pizza

This past market day I had a few messages from people at the Banff Farmers Market wondering where I was with my raw pizzas! Here’s one last raw pizza recipe for you! This ono (means delicious in Hawaiian) Hawaiian variation begins with the same ono sauce from the Margarita Pizza recipe but is topped with a spicy walnut “meat”, coconut bacon, veggies, fresh pineapple and a handful of arugula. The coconut bacon gets its smoked flavour from cumin, smoked paprika and mesquite powder. Mesquite also lends a slightly sweet, caramel like flavour and is high in protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. It is also a delicious salad topper! You will have plenty left over.  Follow the Raw Pizza Crust recipe to prepare the crusts 3 days prior to making these. Prepare the raw tomato sauce from the Raw Margarita Pizza one day prior to assembling.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Dehydrated sunflower buckwheat pizza crusts (from raw pizza crust post)
  • one recipe of raw tomato sauce (from raw Margarita Pizza post)
  • one recipe of coconut bacon (recipe follows, make one day prior to assembly)
  • dehydrated veggies (recipe follows)
  • one recipe of raw walnut meat (recipe follows)
  • fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • arugula to garnish

The coconut bacon:

  • 3 cups of ribbon cut raw unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. olive or avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp. tamari
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. mesquite powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground chipotle pepper powder

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Place the coconut into a medium sized bowl and then pour the mixture over top, massaging well with your hands to cover the coconut completely with the sauce.

 

 

 

Spread evenly onto a couple of teflex sheets on your dehydrator screens. Dehydrate at 117 F. for at least 12 hours or until crisp. Allow to cool before breaking into bite sized pieces. Store in an airtight container.

 

The veggies:

  • 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. olive or avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp. of tamari

 

 

Toss the sliced veggies with oil and tamari.   Spread onto a teflex sheet on a mesh deyhdrator screen and dehydrate at 117 degrees F. for 2-3 hours until the veggies begin to soften and appear sauteed. While the veggies are dehydrating, prepare the walnut “meat”.

The Walnut Meat:

  • 3/4 cup of walnuts soaked in water for 2 hours
  • 3/4 cup of walnuts (dry, not soaked)
  • 1/2 tsp. himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes

Drain the soaked walnuts. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until crumbly. Set aside.

 

Final Assembly (Whew!!)

The pizza can be assembled a few hours prior to eating and is great left over the next day! The crust continues to soften the longer it sits but is still easily eaten with your hands.

Spread the raw tomato sauce over your pizza crusts.  Distribute the dehydrated veggies evenly over the sauce along with the prepared walnut “meat”.

 

 

Top with lots of coconut “bacon” and fresh chunks of pineapple. Cut along the pre-scored lines.

 

 

Garnish with fresh arugula to serve!

 

Zucchini Pasta with Garlic Scape Pumpkin Seed Pesto

This weekend, I was gifted a big bag of beautiful garlic scapes by my friend Tracey who operates a garlic and hops farm in B.C. I don’t know how many times these beauties went to waste when I received them in my farm box just because I didn’t really know what to do with them! As Tracy recommended, I made pesto, lots of pesto, enough to freeze for several months! Garlic scapes are essentially the flower bud of the garlic plant. The bud is removed in late June to encourage the bulbs to thicken up. They make a delicious pesto processed with pumpkin seeds, salt, pepper, olive oil, and nutritional yeast.

Serves 2

 

The pesto:

 

 

  • 10 garlic scapes (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. of salt (more to taste)
  • lots of freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

In a food processor combine garlic scapes pumpkin seeds, salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast until roughly chopped. Drizzle in the olive oil with the motor still running until fairly smooth but with still a bit of texture. Add more salt if desired.  Set aside.

 

 

 

The Zucchini Pasta:

To the make the pasta you will need a spiralizer. They run around $45.00 or so and are the most fun you will ever have in your kitchen!!

  • 3 medium sized organic zucchini
  • 1/2 tsp. of himalayan pink salt

You can peel the zucchini if desired but I like to keep the skin on for colour and nutrition. Cut the ends off to create a nice flat surface. Spiralize the zucchini using the smallest blades to resemble spaghetti. Place the spiralized zucchini into a bowl with a good sprinkling of salt. Massage it with your hands to distribute the salt evenly. Let it sit for about 20 min. allowing the zucchini to release moisture. As it sits, it also tenderizes to resemble pasta in texture. While it sits, prepare the tomatoes.

 

 

The Tomatoes:

  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil
  • a sprinkle of himalayan pink salt
  • balsamic vinegar to garnish

Combine the tomatoes, basil, and salt in a small bowl.

Gently squeeze out the zucchini with your hands and rinse to wash off the excess salt.

Place it back in the bowl and then toss with about 1/4 cup of the pesto. Massage it well with your hands to coat the noodles completely, adding more if necessary. Arrange the noodles on two plates. Top with the tomato basil mixture, additional basil if desired, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, a drizzle of olive oil,  and lots of fresh cracked pepper.

 

 

Enjoy!

Raw Raspberry Cacao Hazelnut Granola

Fresh hazelnut milk is the perfect compliment to this delicious granola! It is also amazing crumbled on top of your favourite smoothie. If you don’t have a dehydrator you can bake it on a parchment lined cookie sheet on the lowest setting until dried through. This will take about 3 hours as opposed to 12 hours in a dehydrator set at 117 degrees F. I love using crisp freeze dried raspberries in this recipe. I buy them at The Banff Tea Company. They can also be ordered online from amazon and nuts.com. If you don’t have access to freeze dried fruit you can use dried as an alternative. The texture will be chewy instead of crisp but equally tasty!

As an alternative substitute a chopped apple for the banana, omit the cacao powder, and add 1/2 cup of chopped raisins in place of the cacao nibs for Apple Cinnamon Raisin Granola! This tastes pretty much like Dad’s oatmeal cookies!!!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts soaked in plenty of water overnight
  • 2 cups of raw organic gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup of raw cacao powder
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp. ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 3 Tbsp. of ground flax or  ground chia seeds soaked in 1/2 cup of water for 10 min.
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled freeze dried raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of cacao nibs

Drain and rinse the soaked hazelnuts. Pulse in a food processor for about 10 seconds to chop roughly. Add the oats and pulse again until they are very roughly chopped as well. Place the oat/hazelnut mixture into a medium sized bowl.

 

 

No need to rinse the food processor, combine coconut sugar, cacao, banana, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, oil, and flax or chia seed mixture in the container until very smooth.

 

 

Add to the oat/hazelnut mixture stirring well to combine. Stir in the cacao nibs and freeze dried raspberries.

 

 

 

Spread onto a teflex sheet and dehydrate for about 12 hours. After 8 hours or so you can remove the mixture from the teflex sheet to sit on the mesh screen to speed up the process. Allow to cool. Store sealed at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Raw Blackberry Tarts with Cashew Coconut Cream

Perfect plump Blackberries at our local farmers market are always my inspiration for a raw pie! It almost seems a shame to cook fresh berries in their state of raw perfection. This recipe is the perfect solution, not to mention that there is no fiddly pastry to deal with! You can use fresh raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or a mix in place of blackberries if desired.  A thick jam is made by pureeing fresh berries with dates and vanilla before being tossed with whole berries. The mixture is then spooned into a simple  ground almond crust.  If you don’t have little fluted tart shells you can make these little pies in 1/2 cup or wide mouth one cup mason jars if desired before topping with cashew coconut cream.

 

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The Crust:

(makes 6, 3 in. individual tarts or one 9 inch pie.)

  • 11/2 cups of raw almonds (sprouted and dehydrated if possible but opt.)
  • 4 soft pitted dates
  • 1 Tbsp. of softened coconut oil

Grind the almonds finely in a food processor. With the motor running, add the dates and coconut oil until the mixture comes together.

 

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Line individual tart pans or your pie plate with plastic wrap.  If using mason jars, this is not necessary. This will prevent the almond crust from sticking to the plates. Divide the crust evenly between the tart pans or spoon the entire mixture into the lined pie plate. With the back of a spoon press the mixture evenly into the plates, easing the crust up the edges to form a nice border. If using mason jars, just press into the bottom of the jars.  Place into the refrigerator to set while you prepare the filling.

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Filling:

  • 4 cups of fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup of pitted soft dates
  • 1 Tbsp. of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Combine 1 cup of the fresh blackberries with dates, maple syrup and vanilla in your blender until smooth. This will create the jam that binds the rest of the filling together.

 

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Fold the remaining 3 cups of berries into the prepared jam.

 

 

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Fill chilled tart shells and refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with Cashew Coconut cream. (recipe follows)

 

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Cashew Coconut Cream:

  • 3/4 cup of raw cashews
  • 11/2 tsp. of fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 11/2 Tbsp. of melted coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup of clear agave syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup of water

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until silky smooth. Place in the refrigerator to set up slightly before spooning onto your raw pies.

 

 

Raw Berry Shortcake

This is an easy and delicious way to utilize the pulp that is left over from the almond milk that you will need for this recipe! I am forever tossing out little freezer burned bags of almond pulp after freezing them with the best intentions!  I have used fresh organic strawberries and blueberries for this dessert but fresh peaches are also delicious as are nice ripe pears in the fall or winter. This recipe, pictured below, has been portioned into 1 cup wide mouth mason jars. It is a great way to save leftover shortcakes as they will last refrigerated for several days sealed tightly in a jar. I have also made this in a 6 inch spring form pan. The cream sets up nicely in the fridge and you will end up with a sliceable cake.  You will find raw coconut flour at you local health food store.

 

 

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(makes 6, 1 cup mason jar short cakes)

 

The Short Cake

Ingredients:

  • one cup of raw almond pulp (see Nut Nog recipe for nut milk instructions)
  • 1/2 cup of raw coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup of agave
  • 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. of almond extract
  • 1 cup each of sliced strawberries and blueberries.

In a medium bowl mix the almond pulp, coconut flour, agave, and vanilla and almond extracts together by hand. It will have a fluffy texture of crumbled cake.  Divide evenly into 6, 1 cup mason jars or a 6 in. spring form pan. Press evenly with the back of a spoon.

 

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Slice berries or fruit thinly and place a layer of fruit on top of the shortcake.

 

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Cashew Coconut Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked in water for at least 2 hours
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of clear agave (preferably clear as the amber variety will colour the cream)
  • 11/2 tsp. of fresh lemon juice
  • 11/2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp. of vanilla powder
  • 1 Tbsp. of liquid lecithin (either soy or sunflower)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

Strain the cashews. Combine all of the ingredients except for the melted coconut oil in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding the melted coconut oil last in a steady stream. Divide the cream evenly over the prepared short cake and berries, filling the jars within 1/2 inch of the top. Left over cream will last in the fridge for 3 days.  Set in the fridge for at least 2 hours to allow the cashew cream to set. Top with lots of fresh sliced strawberries and blueberries to serve!

 

 

Golden Milk

Turmeric, which gives this healing almond milk elixir its golden colour, is a peppery, orange, warming root most commonly known as a curry ingredient. It has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory and liver tonic in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The bioavailability of the medicinal component called curcumin, is enhanced by added a little fresh cracked black pepper to the milk. Cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg add a chai-like flavour and are great for digestion.

You can use a brewed, cooled chai tea in place of the water when making the almond milk. ( you may want to reduce the amounts of the spices if you do)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water for 12 hours
  • 6 cups of water (or cooled herbal chai tea)
  • 1/4 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp. turmeric extract or 2 a two in piece of fresh turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • a pinch of himalayan salt
  • 3 Tbsp. of raw honey

Blend the soaked, drained almonds in a high speed blender with 3 cups of the water and the dates to start. Once blended, add the remaining water and blend again until smooth.

*see the Nut Nog recipe for basic almond milk instructions.

Line a medium sized bowl with a nut milk bag. Pour the contents of the blender into the bag. Twist the top of the bag with your hands to prevent the pulp from escaping and gently squeeze the bag to expel all of the almond milk.

Return the milk to the blender along with the turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, salt, and raw honey. Blend until combined and frothy. Store in a sealed container in the fridge. (lasts up to 4 days) Golden Milk can either be consumed cold or warmed for a comforting evening drink!

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Raw Cashew Curry Hummus

This flavourful hummus was the star of my best selling mango coconut wrap at the Banff Farmers Market this past summer! It is pictured here in a raw Ezekiel wrap with kale, olives, and home made sauerkraut (a recipe that I promise to share!) Ezekiel wraps are found in the freezer section of your natural foods store.

You can also substitute a 14 oz. can of organic chickpeas for the cashews.
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Feel free to skip the wrap altogether and just scoop it up by the mouthful with organic sliced veggies!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 4 hours (Alternatively you can use a 14 oz. can of drained organic chickpeas)
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cumin
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 two inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. raw tahini (or not raw if difficult to find)
  • 1 tsp. himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 cup fine unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/8 cup chopped cilantro

Combine all but the coconut and cilantro in a food processor. Process until smooth with a hummus-like consistency. Adjust seasonings if desired. Add the coconut and pulse a few times to incorporate into the mix. Scoop into a container and stir in the cilantro by hand.

Store sealed in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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