I love salads. But, while I’m all for a traditional salad with organic romaine lettuce, veggies, and raw macadamia nut oil dressing… I’m also a fan of chunky-n-creamy salads. You know the kind… Waldorf Salads and the like. I’m a texture gal. Problem is that those usually require some sort of mayonnaise and to be honest, I’m not really into soy or processed-icky-oil type mayonnaises that you buy in the store. No. I like to make my own mayo-type goodness that’s fresh and healthy.
And, I like to make them quickly.
And, I don’t always want them made from nuts.
I know, seems like I’m picky. Yeah, sometimes I am.
Well. :) I have two awesome vegan mayo recipes that really take no time to make if the goods are on hand. But, in all fairness, although I call them mayo recipes, truthfully, they’re not really mayo recipes. But, they serve to replace the mayo in a mayo-loving-salad. Make sense?
Unique Vegan Mayo Recipe #1
Avocado + Mustard + Lemon = Creamy and tangy goodness that is easy to mash into your salad yielding a mayo-like experience. Here’s what I do. I get a big mixing bowl and put my salad ingredients in it.. usually chopped veggies and non-sweet fruits like carrots, celery, red bell pepper, cucumber, and the like – raw sauerkraut makes for a great addition. Add a diced avocado, a couple big dollops of organic mustard (my favorite here), and a squeeze of fresh citrus such as lemon, lime, and/or orange. Mash/Mix it all up. No nuts needed. No soaking needed. Just easy peasy n dreamy n creamy. (Obviously, season with salt and pepper as desired.)
Unique Vegan Mayo Recipe #2
Sweet Potato + Mustard = Creamy and low fat deliciousness that adds velvety mayo-like texture, vibrant color, and nutrition like it’s no one’s business. The clincher here, however, is having 1-2 cooked sweet potatoes on hand in your fridge already. If you’re like me, this is a common item in your fridge (read more here). Okay, so same drill as above… Get a big bowl out and add your favorite salad veggies and foods. Put 1 to 2 peeled (cooked and cooled) sweet potatoes on top, add a couple dollops of mustard, and smish smash it up. Season as desired. When I made the salad and served it to Greg, he came out of his office exclaiming (unsolicited, I might add), “Wow, this is a 10 out of 10!”
All in all, these two options are great healthy replacements for the next time you need mayo in your salad. They add creaminess, nutrition, and flavor which is really what you’re after. Pro-Tip… (good quality) mustard makes everything better.
I have written in many of my Raw Reboot food journals that I’m eating BFF Kelp Noodles. Every time I Facebook and Tweet about them, I get asked about the ingredients. Let’s put that question to rest and learn how to make them right here and now.
BFF Kelp Noodles
Let’s start by understanding that there are some staples to this recipe but the rest of it is open to different options. I’ve made different variations of this many times and they’re all superbly fabulous. I also want to state that I am not generally a kelp noodle fan. However, I learned a couple of years ago some ways to enjoy them, but this latest recipe, BFF Kelp Noodles, really takes the cake and hits it out of the park. They’re forever near and dear to my heart.
Today I’m sharing a review for some amazing raw organic sauerkraut I had the pleasure of tasting as well as a new recipe of mine… Lightly Onion Bread.
Farmhouse Culture’s Sauerkraut
I was asked to review Farmhouse Culture’s sauerkraut and more than happy to do so. I’m a huge kraut lover. I like making my own, but now that I’m a new mom, it’s not as easy to find the time. Now that I know this brand is available, I may never make it again, because these are so good – haha. Here is part of the email I received when I was asked if I’d try them…
Kathryn Lukas, the owner of Farmhouse Culture, is trained as a chef. The krauts — while having the obvious nutritional benefits of raw fermented foods — really stand out for their terrific flavor. The krauts are now available in Southern California in Whole Foods and other specialty stores and offer a refreshing zing to sausages, salads and other dishes. An underutilized, yet flavorful addition to many foods, Kathryn’s krauts are different from industrially produced sauerkraut in their nutritional value and flavoring. The krauts come in flavors like Classic Caraway, Smoked Jalapeno, Horseradish Leek, Apple Fennel and Garlic Dill Pickle.
- The krauts are raw, vegetarian, contain pro-biotic bacteria and can last for months refrigerated in their reusable glass jars.
- The krauts are practical: sauerkraut is a convenient, long-lasting natural food to have on hand.
- It’s a “super nutrition” food: Sauerkraut is a true raw superfood, high in Vitamin C and full of beneficial pro-biotic bacteria. Naturally fermented raw vegetables are rich in lactic acid, an essential aid to good digestion. Research suggests that raw sauerkraut may also have anti-carcinogenic benefits.
- Farmhouse Culture krauts are local, seasonal and sustainable: they are committed to using only ingredients that are sustainably and seasonally grown by regional farmers within 100 miles of Santa Cruz.
The verdict? Mega delicious. My whole family is in love and they told me that when I order some that they want me to order for them, too. I tried the Horseradish Leek, Smoked Jalapeno, and Caraway. Loved them all! I want to try the others, too. Check out the flavors here. If you can’t find it at your Whole Foods, then you can order it online here. Although I could eat sauerkraut by the fork, my real two favorite ways to enjoy it are as follows:
Krautwich! I take two pieces of hearty organic whole grain bread and lightly toast it. Slather organic hummus on one piece. Top that with lettuce and top that with a hefty serving of sauerkraut. Add the second piece of bread for an addictive sandwich that you’ll want more than one of!
Kraut Mound on Raw Bread – using the Lightly Onion Bread below, I scoop a mound of kraut on top of a slice and enjoy!
Speaking of Lightly Onion Bread… here’s a new recipe of mine. Perfect for eating plain, as sandwich bread, topped with hummus, dip, and/or sauerkraut.
Put the Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds in a bowl. Add enough water to cover them by about an inch. Let them soak like this for 6 to 8 hours. Place the oats in a bowl and do the same thing… cover with enough water by about an inch. Let them soak like that for 6 to 8 hours.
Drain the water off the Brazil nuts and seeds. Rinse them and place in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade. Drain the water off the oats, give them a rinse, and place in the food processor with the nuts. Add the remaining ingredients. Process until smooth. Allow to sit and thicken for 1 hour.
This is after flipping it and removing the Paraflexx sheet.
Transfer to a dehydrator tray, lined with a nonstick Paraflexx sheet (or parchment paper). Spread out the bread dough until it just about reaches the edge of the tray. (Using an offset spatula makes this really easy.) Dehydrate at 130-140 degrees F for one hour. Reduce the temperature to 105-110 degrees F and dehydrate for 12 hours. Flip the bread onto a tray without Paraflexx. Then, remove the current Paraflexx being used. Continue dehydrating until you reach desired dryness (approximately 10-12 hours). Cut into bread slices. I usually cut it into 9 slices.
Rejuvenative Foods’ nut butters are wonderful. Of particular deliciousness is the Pecan Pie Butter and I love making it into an easy 1-Minute Nut Milk by blending 1-2 tablespoons with a cup of water. Then, I enjoy it with raw granola, as cream in my Teeccino, or just as a tall glass of cold raw nut milk. Truly delightful! They have other great raw vegan nut butters, but, not all of their products are vegan (some have honey), so you might want to check the label.
Rejuvenative Foods also sells fermented foods – whoo hoo! When I don’t have time to make my own sauerkraut, I love being able to turn to Rejuvenative Foods’ fermented foods. They’re always fresh and packed full of flavor, zing, and bite. And, let me tell you… Fermented Foods Rock -> they can help fight disease, they’re great for digestion, and they’re loaded with fiber and nutrition. I love all of their sauerkrauts and kim-chi options. In particular, the kim-chis have a sassy spice to them that warms up my mouth even though they’re cold from the refrigerator. I have enjoyed them on my homemade Raw Vegan Hearty Buckwheat Biscuits, topped on salad, and just plain by the forkful. I was particularly fond of the Sea Vegetable Garden Kim-Chi because I’m not normally a sea veggie girl, but this tasted great. I love finding tasty sources of sea veggies since I don’t regularly get them in my diet. And… my husband loves their sauerkraut on non-gmo tofu brats.
I have been a paying customer of Rejuvenative’s for years, and was grateful when they offered to send me a sample of goodies. They also sent me some of their oils, and I’ve been enjoying the raw almond oil and raw sesame oil on my body as a moisturizer (including my pregnant belly!). It smells fabulous. Sometimes I add a dash to my green juice if it contains carrot juice to help my body assimilate the beta-carotene better.
On a Green Mommy Blog note: I blogged a bit about Elimination Communication if you’d like to hop on over there and take a peek.
I planned this menu last night before I went to bed. Read here about why planning your daily food is a great idea and how it can help you stick to your healthy eating goals.
Organic Green Juice
I started the day by making 5 cups of green juice with my Hurom juicer. I drank 3 cups and stored the other 2 cups for later in the day. The juice had cucumber, celery, collard greens, lime, orange, and apple. It was fabulous! I tell ya… so many women say that they get constipated with pregnancy. I have to say… it’s not happening with me. I attribute it to my super healthy diet.
This bar wasn’t Raw, but it was vegan, macrobiotic, had non-gmo and organic ingredients, and was high protein. It was darn tasty, too, as it should be when one of the ingredients is organic brown rice syrup, huh? Lol
Organic Salad, Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuit, and Raw Sauerkraut
Oh… yum… this lunch was so awesome. I made a fresh salad with romaine lettuce and red bell peppers from our CSA, along with cucumbers. The dressing was refreshing – organic lemon juice, Raw olive oil, Himalayan crystal salt, black pepper, and dried Italian seasoning. Alongside the salad I had one of my Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuits and topped it with my homemade organic Raw sauerkraut. The juice of the sauerkraut seeped into the biscuit, making it a little soft in spots. SO GOOD!!! I promise to get the recipe to you very soon (maybe this week!). These biscuits are full of flavor and nutrition!
Green Juice – 2 cups
Here is where I had the rest of the green juice I made from this morning. I drank it while doing a little dance to Nelly’s Tilt Ya Head Back (featuring Christina Aguilera). I can’t help but get up and BOOGY DOWN! Seriously! :) I can’t wait to have this baby and dance around the house holding him/her. :)
Savory Veggies, Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuit, and Raw Sauerkraut
I made a batch of this popular marinade recipe of mine, and I’m topping the following vegetables with it: organic portobello mushroom, carrots, red bell pepper, and broccoli. I’ll have another Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuit topped with my Raw sauerkraut with it, too.
Frozen Organic Banana Protein Smoothie See recipe here.
I’m adding extra carob for this so it’s more dessert like. I sure do love RAW FOOD!!!!
I made my third batch of organic, raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut Tuesday. This time I used organic (and locally grown!) cabbage and carrots. (I also threw in some organic cayenne pepper, but that part wasn’t shown in the video. I wish I had organic fresh hot peppers to use.) I can’t wait to see how it turns out… have to wait a month. Patience. I recorded the steps (briefly) so that you can see how darn easy it is to make this awesomely nutritious and delicious food. Fermented Foods Rule!!!
I used this food fermenting vessel. It’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent. I’ve already paid for it more than once with the sauerkraut I’ve made, so this is a great way to save money. And, it should last my lifetime.
Remember! One of the main food combining rules (to always follow) is eating melons alone. So, I had this watermelon more than an hour after my protein shake (giving my shake time to digest and leave my stomach).
Fresh Green Juice (3 cups)
Vibrant, delicious, nutritious… this stuff made my cells dance all day long. Green juice, or as you know I love to call it, Plant Blood, is SO good for you!!! Today’s concoction had (all organic) dinosaur kale, celery, dandelion greens, oranges and apple. I used my good ol’ Green Star for this baby! That machine is amazing and is truly worth every penny.
Watermelon (3 cups)
What can I say? I LOVE WATERMELON!!!!!!!!!!!!
Plain Sauerkraut (1/2 cup), 3Prunes
I made another batch of sauerkraut today but this time I made it with cabbage, carrots, and a little cayenne pepper. I shot some video of the process and will post it later this week. Stay tuned!
Giant Fresh Salad
Tonight’s salad was a big bowl filled with romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, diced avocado and a special dressing that I made using an ingredient I’ve not used before now. I will report back later about what it was. Know this, it was scrumptious!
Plain Sauerkraut (1/2 cup), 2Prunes
I suspect I’ll get hungry later. If (when) I do, I plan on eating organic cherries and maybe the organic white peach I picked up at Whole Foods last night.
We came back to sunny Arizona last week and the hot sunshine has been welcoming. We’re staying at my mom’s for a few days, so it’s kind of like the vacation has been extended. Mom and I went to the farmers’ market yesterday and loaded up on our locally grown goodies from my favorite farmer Doug. I can’t tell you enough how happy I am to be a part of his CSA. (Read why I love it here.)
Today’s Glorious Fresh Raw Vegan ORGANIC Food:
Cucumber Sun Plant Blood
This was a refreshing and delicious recipe guaranteed to help keep me cool in the hot summer sun. I used my Breville to make this juice super fast…. like in a minute! The recipe had 3 cucumbers and 2 peeled oranges (all locally grown, organic ingredients)
2 cups watermelon
Organic Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
This is one of my favorite herbal teas.
I made my second batch of sauerkraut before I left for NY. When we came back home (to mom’s) we harvested it and OMG! it is freakin’ AWESOME. This time, I added a few cloves of crushed garlic into the mix (per head of cabbage). So, today I took 2 carrots, 1 apple, 1 radish, and I shredded them into a bowl. Then, I added 1/2 cup of my raw, organic, unpasteurized sauerkraut and stirred it all together. YUM! (Read about my first sauerkraut adventures here.)
(I love prunes, and they’re such a great way to help make sure you’re going poops!)
Dinner: Tonight we’re having humongous salads made with fresh organic, locally grown romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, red and yellow bell peppers, and my super refreshing and delicious Raw vegan dressing, Sweet Capri Dressing (my parents LOOOOOVE this dressing). For dessert, we’re having sliced strawberries we bought from Doug yesterday topped with a drizzle of agave nectar and some fresh orange zest.
July’s (first of two) Awesome Giveaways is THIS WEEK! Stay tuned!!!
Tuesday was the big day! I opened up my fancy shmancy sauerkraut pot to see if I actually had edible sauerkraut after waiting (somewhat patiently) for 4 weeks. The recommended time to allow veggies to ferment is at least 3 weeks, with 4-5 being better.) Check out my post about making the sauerkraut here.
Let me tell you, I was actually scared to take the lid off. I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to mold, dark unknown things, cold, damp, etc. I had visions of finding a human head in there or a bunch of creepy crawly things coming out. My mind got a little carried away. I was also a little fearful that the sauerkraut wasn’t a success.
So, while my husband was at a meeting today, I marched into the kitchen, determined and brave as all get out, and I lifted the lid off. Hhhmmm… nothing jumped out to bite me. Nothing exploded in my face. I put my nose closer and took a whiff. It was pleasant and mildly sweet and not at all gross. OK… I’m off to a good start. However, I stopped there. When I looked down in the pot at the stone weights on top of my sauerkraut, which were submerged with brine, I got weak in the knees again. I was afraid to stick my hand in there. Better wait until my husband comes home and ask him to do it!
Fast forward to my husband coming home… I was able to talk him into putting his hand in there and taking out the stones and leaves of cabbage that were placed on top of the sauerkraut. I sniffed again and took a closer look. I didn’t see any mold. My spirits were lifting by the second. It was time to taste it. Uummmm…. “Honey, you go first.” Nope, he wouldn’t do it – LOL. So, I took a tiny nibble of a piece that was accidentally flung on the counter. OMG! It was so good!!!! I took an actual bite. Wowee!!!! Success!!! I gave a fork full to my husband and he was majorly impressed. What a relief!
I transfered it all to my quart size glass mason jars (I filled 6 of them!) and sealed them with my Food Saver (using my glass mason jar attachment). I’m so happy! It worked! It’s homemade! It’s extra healthy! It’s locally grown and organic! It’s made with massive love.
The picture above features my beautiful organic, raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut in the front bowl – I love the gorgeous golden-yellow color. The bowl in the back is holding some fermented raw veggies from Rejuvenative that I bought at Whole Foods. Sorry, that stuff doesn’t hold a candle to my homemade goodness.
I'm Kristen, and welcome to my blog. I'm a wife, mom, author, and I love to eat so food is usually the topic of my blog posts. I'm a former (almost decade long) vegan turned back omnivore who enjoys reading, rebounding, coffee, and dark chocolate. More...