Original Recipe with Raw and Raw Fusion Variations
Thai food is one my go-to cuisines for lunches as it offers so many options for a primarily plant-based diet. The peanut-based sauce — they call it “Amazing” sauce here in Tampa — is one of my husband’s favorites.
Thai and other Asian restaurant foods are better than most when it comes to healthy eating, with their lightly cooked vegetables and light oils, but there are some elements that you can’t control when you eat out, such as added sugar, oils that are high in Omega 6 (which can cause inflammation when not balanced by sufficient Omega 3’s) and peanut butter in general, whether organic or conventional is high in the aflatoxin mold, associated with serious allergies and dangerous carcinogens.
This dish can either be a main course or a side dish; I served mine over Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles — very crunchy sea vegetable noodles popular with raw foodists and loaded with minerals. The secret to serving kelp noodles is to soak them for at least 2 hours in very warm water; This softens them and makes them much more palatable to the novice consumers. This salad would stand on its own without noodles or you can serve over rice noodles, soba, or any kind of pasta. In Raw Fusion we tend to stay away from the gluten grains as many people have sensitivities, even if they are yet to pinpoint them. This would also be excellent spooned over spiralized zucchini or young coconut meat noodles.
When I was in the final stages of getting the Raw Fusion book series finished I traveled to Arizona for the Raw Spirit Festival (2010) where I met a very talented chef, Karen Osborne. She made a spectacular dessert for one of the events and I asked her if she’d like to contribute to the recipes portion of the book.
Her Carob Crispy Candies are so simple and satisfying that I include them in the “Cravings Conquerors” category. It’s hard to believe that something that tastes this good can provide such health benefits!
Providing you have these items on hand, these candies take only minutes to prepare and a couple of hours to set in the fridge.
Sometime in your life you will go on a journey.
It will be the longest journey you have ever taken.
It is the journey to find yourself. -Katherine Sharp
I’ve been blessed with a lot of travel in my life. During one travel-intensive period, training therapists internationally for the American Board of Hypnotherapy I think my frequent flyer account topped one million miles. I used to joke that my “morning commute” was from LAX to Tokyo. I’d often go on from there to Singapore, or Thailand or Hong Kong — endless hours in flights, which over time, took their toll to the point that traveling lost its shine, especially post 9/11.
Yet the longest journey I’ve ever made has been from my head to my heart. This one has taken a lifetime.
From an early age I was fascinated by eastern philosophies and tried practicing meditation — tried being the key word; With a mind that seemingly would never shut up for an instant, it has always been a challenge for me to sustain a consistent meditative practice.
Westerners generally find it challenging to stick to meditation. We tend to be much more head-centered than heart. I described myself once as being a “talking head” because until my early 40’s I barely conceived of having a body to go along with my ever-pondering mind!
As I have made more of a connection between mind and body, especially in these last 5 years of committing to a Raw Fusion lifestye, I have come to appreciate how important it is to get out of my head and learn to spend some time in the timeless heart center, ground zero for joy, inspiration and healing. Singer KT Tunstall ( Black Horse and the Cherry Tree) says it best: Well, my heart knows me better than I know myself, so I’m gonna let it do all the talking.
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Caesar salad hit the mainstream back about 15 years ago as something you can find on just about any menu. The original salad was created by Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant and debuted in his restaurants in Tijuana, San Diego and Los Angeles. My parents were foodies from way back and this one was of the dishes my mother taught me to make as a child, even to the extend of rubbing the (only!) wooden salad bowl with garlic cloves and coddling the egg.
These days I don’t eat much dairy or eggs so it’s nice to have an alternative. A Mexican restaurant chain from my years of living in Southern California served a caesar salad with ground toasted pepitas, so that was part of my inspiration for this Raw Fusion creation.
Leave off the croutons and it’s completely raw – but the Raw Fusion philosophy is to find delicious nutritious alternatives for your favorite comfort foods, thereby not feeling any sense of deprivation. Adding just this light and lovely touch of the croutons makes it easy to sustain eating food that’s good for you the majority of the time. For daily tips of this kind and recipes for mind, body and spirit, make sure to like our Facebook Fan Page.
For the croutons I used a fabulous millet bread from a local bakery. It’s very light and lends itself very well to the task as this bread doesn’t absorb as much of the coconut oil. You can substitute with any bread, but I highly recommend buying a gluten-free or sprouted variety. You can saute garlic first to impart that flavor but I prefer to sprinkle on a little sea salt and organic garlic powder as they are draining on a paper towel.
I posted this last Friday to our Facebook Fan Page and we got a flurry of activity. Personally, I found it kind of charming and the words really seem to fit for everyone that I actually know. Just examine the puzzle and the first 4 words that you can make out are meant to describe you.