Vegan Raw or Raw Fusion Recipe

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.

Pepita Caesar Salad

Serves 4-6 

1 head of romaine lettuce, washed dried and torn into bite-sized pieces
1 jar of black olives, drained and chopped
Chopped parsley for garnish
4 oz raw pumpkin seeds*
1.5 tsp. Celtic sea salt
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
black pepper (optional)
*Use darker Austrian (Styrian) variety if available

Options: Replace lemon with apple cider vinegar. Use tamari or nama shoyu to replace salt.

 Directions: Grind pumpkin seeds in coffee/spice grinder. Place in bowl and stir in olive oil and lemon juice. Press garlic clove and whisk into seed mixture, adding salt to taste.  This salad dressing should keep for at least 5 days, tightly covered and refrigerated.

Serve over romaine lettuce with your favorite chopped veggies.  Garnish with olives and croutons.

Coconut Croutons

4 slices gluten-free bread (I prefer millet or millet/flaxseed)
Coconut oil (approximately 3 or 4 tablespoons)
Sea Salt and Garlic Powder

Directions for croutons:  Cut into large pieces, sauté/fry in coconut oil until crispy but keep a close watch so they don’t burn.  Place on paper towel to drain and sprinkle with salt and garlic powder.

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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