RAW VEGETABLE PASTA
Who says you can’t enjoy a nice carbonara when you’re eating raw? You certainly can with this raw vegan Zucchini Tagliatelle alla Cashew Carbonara! Traditional Tagliatelle alla Carbonara is a cream sauce pasta, made with eggs, bacon, and fresh cracked pepper. But in this raw vegan Zucchini Tagliatelle alla Cashew Carbonara, we’ll be using soaked cashews for the cream sauce, kala namak salt for the eggs, and cherry tomato to replace bacon, and zucchini for the pasta.
A much healthier alternative without sacrificing any of the flavor. You’ll still be able to enjoy your beloved carbonara! I am using nutritional yeast in this recipe which is optional as it is not a raw ingredient but a great way to add the cheesy flavour in the carbonara sauce.
We can all benefit from a raw meal at least once a day, whether it’s a salad or something like this. Adding a fresh, raw dish to your daily meal plan is good for your overall health in countless ways.
To create the pasta I am using a spiralizer but if you don’t have one you can also use a julienne peeler. I highly recommend getting a spiralizer though, as it is so much fun to make and you can create different thickness of pasta like spaghetti or even ramen consistency plus kids love making them and eating them too. What a sneaky yet fun way to get more veggies into them!
Raw Tagliatelle alla Cashew Carbonara
- Spiralizer or Julienne Peeler
For the Pasta
- 2 Zucchini
- 100 g Sweet cherry tomato cut in a quarter
For the Sauce
- 200 g Cashew nuts soaked overnight/drained
- 1 Tbsp Nutritional yeast optional
- 1 /2 tsp Kalan namak salt
- 1/2 tsp Fresh cracked pepper
- 1 Juice of 1/2 a lime
- 3-5 Tbsp Filtered water
- 1 Tbsp Black sesame seed meal
For the Pasta
- Wash and spiralize your zucchini using a Spiralizer or a Julienne Peeler. Place the zuchini pasta in a big bowl, sprinkle some kala namak salt and set aside. This process will help get rid of excess water. It takes about 5min until you start seeing water on the bottom of the bowl. Squeese the pasta gently to get rid of water as much as possible. That way the sauce will be easier absorbed from the zucchini and you wont end up with a watery pasta.
For the Sauce
- In a blender add all the ingredients except the water and sesame meal and blend slowly. Add water ones at a time until soft and creamy.
- Add the sauce and cherry tomato over the pasta and mix gently using your hands. Serve with sprinkles of black sesame meal and nutritional yeast and enjoy right away.
Flavourful Soft Leafy Green Salad Bowl in no time!
The simpler the meal the better you feel.
I just love this abundant goodness of soft lettuce bowl packed with lots of flavour and only few ingredients without a lot of fuss. This recipe is perfect for everyday and anytime of the day. Something you just can’t get enough of and it is perfect to take away with you to work or anywhere it leads you in life.
I hope you will love it as much as I do.
Simple Salad with Tahini Dressing
For the Salad
- Oak Lettuce washed
- Cucumber washed and shave cut
For the Sauce
- Pure Tahini Butter
- Kala Namak Salt
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Filtered Water
- In a huge bowl tear lots of soft lettuce leafs into small pieces using your hands and massage giving it all the love you have. Add the shaved cucumber and sprinkle with some nutritional yeast/optional sesame seeds.
- In a bowl combine all the sauce ingredients. Adjust to your liking and preferred consistency. Pour 2 Tbsp water ones at a time as it starts thickening when stirred together and it might become too liquidy if adding too much water at ones. Pour over the salad and enjoy right away.
Spaghetti Ice Cream is a popular ice cream dish in Germany “Spaghetti-EIS” made to look like a plate of spaghetti. Surely a fun and delicious surprise for every sweet dessert table or even as a unique Christmas treat.
In Germany they sell a special press for Spaghetti Ice Cream but you can also use a potato ricer which may take a little practice as you have to make sure your ice cream is soft enough to press through your potato ricer.
You can strain the strawberry sauce to get a more refined finish. The cashew meal is to simulate the parmesan cheese but you can also use other ground nuts such as almond or macadamia nuts.
Spaghetti Ice Cream Sundae Vegan
- potato ricer
Sweet Condensed Milk
- 500 g Samui Coconut Milk full fat, chilled
- 125 g brown sugar
Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream
- 750 g Samui Coconut Milk full fat, chilled
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 250 g condensed milk
- 200 g fresh strawberries
- 3 Tbsp orange juice fresh
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- For the condensed milk whisk together 500g coconut milk and 125g brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk often and bring to a low simmer. Continue to simmer until milk has reduced by half, about 30 minutes. Let completely cool.
- In a bowl add 750g coconut milk and whisk using a hand blender to thicken. Add the condensed coconut milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined and transfer in a container. Place in the freezer and leave until ice cream has firmed up completely.
- In a blender combine strawberry, orange juice and maple syrup and mix until nice and saucy. Keep in the fridge.
- Ones the ice cream has completely chilled down let sit in room temperature to slightly soften. Fill a potato ricer with 3 scoops of ice cream. Hold ricer over a serving plate or bowl and squeeze ice cream through, swirling to create “spaghetti". Make sure your vanilla ice cream is soft enough to press through your potato ricer. If it is too soft it will melt, it needs to be just soft enough to squeeze through easily, and this may take a little practice. Sprinkle some cashew meal on top and enjoy immediately.
A detoxing and rejuvenating bowl of goodness!
Here with my lovely friend and owner of the amazing World Vegan Travel company to share with you this divine Tropical Papaya Smoothie Bowl. It is one easy recipe to cleanse your body throughout the day. Turmeric also known as the golden spice coupled with ginger is a powerful combination that has many healing properties and nourishes the brain and enhances the mood naturally.
If you never had this before you’ll be surprised about the taste and the way it makes you feel.🌱 Be well. ❤
Papaya Smoothie Bowl with Ginger and Turmeric
- 1 cup fresh and ripe papaya
- 1 cup frozen bananas
- 1/3 cup fresh coconut meat
- 2-4 Tbsp coconut water
- 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1/4-1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- Pinch ground black pepper
- Dried coconut strips for garnish
- In a blender combine all the ingredients together and blend until smooth and well combined. Serve right away.
Kofta is similar to falafel, except they’re made with lentils instead of chickpeas. I used U.S. pulses in this recipe combining red and brown lentil to create a similar texture and cosistency. Combined with different spices and herbs it is then shaped into logs or patties and pan-fried.
Lentils are not only delicious but also a great source of health-promoting fibre and protein, which have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties with potential cancer-cell inhibiting effects.
Enjoy with tzatziki dip or with warm grilled flat bread. You can also have it combined with salad in form of a wrap or in curries. They keep very well in the fridge or freezer and therefor are great for meal preparation.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Lentil Kofta
- 300 g U.S. raw brown lentil cooked
- 200 g U.S. raw red lentil cooked
- 3 Tbsp chikpea flour
- 3 tsp arrowroot powder
- 6 gloves garlic chopped
- 2 pieces medium size onion chopped
- 1 Tbsp parsley chopped
- 1 Tbsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp cinnanmon
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- vegetable oil
- In a pan heat 1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil and saute onion and garlic until translucet and fragrant.
- In a bowl bring together all the ingredients including the sauteed onion and garlic and mix until everything is well combined.
- Form about 30 small to medium size logs or patties. Cover and let set in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- In a pan heat 2-3 vegetable oil and fry logs over medium heat on each side until cooked through and golden brown. This will take about 5-6 min for each batch.
How to make Dairy-Free Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff. This easy vegan stroganoff recipe will quickly become a new favorite pasta dish! It’s also a healthier version and perfect for meal preparation or as a comforting bundled up bowl of goodness!
A classic Stroganoff is a Russian dish traditionally centered around beef that is cooked in a sour cream based sauce and served over egg noodles. The sour cream is an important ingredient that gives Stroganoff it’s signature creamy tanginess. In this recipe I am replacing the sour cream with a dairy-free option that is coconut milk from Chef’s Choice. By simmering the coconut milk together with the seitan and mushrooms it will slowly thicken naturally into a very creamy smooth consistency with that tanginess to it by using yellow mustard and lime juice for seasoning. To replace the beef I am using homemade Seitan but you can also use tempeh, tofu or other meat substitute.
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- 3 cups portabella mushrooms (cut in half)
- 1 1/2 cups seitan (cut in small pieces)
- 250g fusilli semolina pasta
- 2 handful fresh parsley (chopped)
- 3 garlic gloves (minced)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 medium size onion (thinly sliced)
- 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
- 500g Chef's Choice coconut milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp vegan butter
- 1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- Cook pasta according to package direction. Drain and set aside.
- In the pan heat vegetable oil and sauté seitan until golden brown. This should take about 6 to 7 minutes depending on which kind of seitan you are using. Set aside.
- In a pan over medium heat add butter and let melt slowly. Add sliced onion and cook until translucent. Add the mushrooms. Cook until wilted and soft and stir in the minced garlic. Cook for another minute to release the flavours of the garlic.
- Pour the coconut milk and the seitan into the pan. Season with salt, pepper and mustard. Mix gently and let simmer over low heat for about 7-10min until coconut milk is reduced and thickened. Add chopped parsley and combine.
- Combine fusilli noodles with the mushroom gravy and blend until well cooperated. Drizzle lime juice over the stroganoff before serving.
- Replace noodles with grains or mashed potato. For a low carb version make spiralled zucchini or cauliflower rice instead.
- Instead of seitan use tofu, tempeh or other meat option alternatives.
Pickles are very easy and great to prepare ahead of time plus they make a super delicious crunchy side dish for any type of meal for lunch, dinner or even a savory breakie! This cucumber recipe video will get you covered.
To pickle something, you simply need to soak the vegetables in a vinegar brine. My brine calls for water, vinegar, mustard seeds (optional) and salt, and you let the cucumbers rest in the brine until you’re ready to eat them. Letting them sit longer helps the flavors develop more, so an overnight soak is ideal, but they’re also fine to eat right away!
Don’t limit yourself to pickled cucumbers, use this recipe with just about any vegetable. You can use the recipe for okra, bell peppers, and more. Adjust the spices and be creative because there are so many possibilities.
Black garlic is created by a careful ageing process, which causes the sugars and amino acids to react, resulting in it’s dark pigment.
It has many health benefits that range from it’s strong antioxidant nature to its potential role in cancer treatment. Recent tests scientists show that chemicals in the bulb can help to reduce fatigue from exercise and even improve physical strength.
It is used in various dishes and also as a probiotic drink or medicine to cure or strengthen immune system.
The taste is deeply intense and reminds me of dried figs with a hint of tamarind or balsamic vinegar. I love to add black garlic to enhance dishes like salads, cheese platter, soups or bowls like this!
The best thing -> this magical black beauty is suuuper easy to create! Check out the recipe below. A small warning, you will have that delicious garlic smell wafting in your kitchen for the entire coking process. So be prepared to have your tummy grumbling.
Start out with 6 whole unpealed garlic bulbs. Give them a good rinse and let them dry overnight. Next, place them in a rice cooker on “keep warm” setting. Let them sit there uninterrupted for 2-3 weeks.
Check the rice cooker occasionally if “keep warm” setting is still on and that it hasn’t switched off.
Store in airtight container and keep up to 3 month.
How to make tempeh with white beans from scratch
Tempeh is originated from Indonesian, Java Island which is one of the very few soy products that are not originated from China. Traditionally tempeh is made with fermented soybeans and has a rich smoky and mushroomy flavor with a firm, nutty texture. Tempeh is famous among vegans and is used in dishes to replace meat because of its high protein content. Tempeh is a great way of adding more beautiful textures to your dishes. It is packed with nutrients and contains natural antibiotics produced by the Rhizopus molds.
Instead of soybeans, I am using white beans in this recipe to do the tempeh. The beans I have used are U.S. pulses. In fact, you could use any kind of beans. It is a wonderful alternative to soy and the white beans provide a mild creamy flavor with an earthy, hearty taste perfect for salads or sautéed in with your favorite vegetables.
The tempeh starter culture can be sourced from different health shops depending on your location. All you need is patience for this recipe and you will be greatly rewarded, I promise! 🙂 It is way better than store-bought, GMO-free and unpasteurized.
I hope this recipe is helpful and it inspires you to create your own version of tempeh. 🙂
- 250g white beans
- 1 tsp tempeh starter
- 2 zip locker bags
- Soak the beans overnight (about 16hours). Drain and rinse with fresh water and dehull the beans by massaging it into the water until the hulls float up. Then pour them out and repeat. Dehull as many beans as possible. This step will be worth it as it will give you a really smooth and creamier consistency.
- Cook the beans in 400g of water for about 20min. It should be cooked but still crunchy. Ones the tempeh is done you will be cooking it again, so you want to make sure that it doesn't turn too soft.
- Drain the water and let it completely cool down.
- Add the tempeh starter and mix until well cooperated.
- Place the beans in 2 plastic bags about 12cm x 20cm (5"x8"). Using a toothpick or a skewer poke holes through the bag with 2cm (1-inch) intervals. The beans should be layered about 2cm (1-inch) thick. Divide the beans between the two bags. Seal the bags and flatten the beans out evenly. Leave the beans at a surrounding with a temperature between 25°- 30° (85-90 Fahrenheit) for 36 to 48 hours.
- After 24 hours, the white mycelium will start to cover the surface of the beans. You may want to lower the heat source because the beans will start generating their own heat as the mold grows.
- After 24 to 48 hours, the tempeh should smell pleasantly nutty. The tempeh is done when the entire surface is covered with dense, white mycelium and is bound together firmly as a cake.
- Transfer the tempeh cakes to airtight bags or containers and store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
- You could also make a bigger batch and freeze your tempeh up to 3 months. Only make sure to steam your tempeh for 20min, let it cool down, wrap it in a container or plastic bag before placing in the freezer.
- Enjoy pan-fried with your favorite dip or in salads, curries, stews, pasta, and so many more dishes!
- When you make tempeh at home, it is always possible that some bacteria will sneak in and contaminate the whole batch. This bacteria could grow during the fermentation process, therefore, I recommend to process your tempeh by cooking, steaming, baking etc. before you consume it.
Vegan Shirataki Noodle in Teriyaki Mushroom Sauce
Whip up this low carb, paleo & keto and gluten-free creamy shrooom noodle dish in only 15minutes!
These noodles are thin and translucent with a gelatinous texture. They’re made from konjac yam but mostly composed of just water and soluble fiber called glucomannan (5 grams of fiber per 100 grams of cooked noodles). These are a popular ingredient in Japanese cuisine. They also go by other names like konjac noodles, miracle noodles or konnyaku noodles. They’re effectively zero calories and carbs and since they’re sourced from yam, they’re inherently gluten-free, vegan, paleo-friendly, and keto-friendly.
Shirataki noodles usually come pre-cooked and packed in water, so they only need to be rinsed and sometimes soaked quickly in hot water. They’re great for bulking up salads or to use in spring and sushi rolls!
Get started with this delicious mushroom pasta recipe. They soak up all the sumptuous flavors that are in the sauce leaving you with a comforting and satisfying meal for lunch or dinner. 🙂
- 250g Shirataki Noodle (water packed)
- 100g Oyster Mushroom
- 2 Tbsp Thick Teriyaki Sauce
- 100g Coconut Milk
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- Dash of Turmeric Powder
- Dried Seaweed
- Lemon Zest
- Trim the oyster mushrooms. Use a sharp knife to cut the tip off of the large, central stem that connects the oyster mushrooms together. Once the oyster mushrooms fall away, you can trim off the stems of each oyster mushroom. Discard the stems or save them to make a vegetable stock. Cut the mushrooms into thin slices and set aside.
- Prepare your shirataki by emptiying them out of the package and rinsing them well under warm water, cut the noodles into smaller strips with a scissor. Let it drain and set aside.
- In a pan under medium heat dry fry the oyster mushroom until it get crispy on the ouside. Add the thick teriyaki sauce, toss and let caramelized for 30sec. Now add the coconut milk and lemon juice, turmeric and simmer for about 30sec until the it turns into a thick and creamy sauce. Add the shirataki noodles and toss until noodles are all well coated.
- Garnish with dried seaweed and sprinkle with lemon zest!