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Soothing Summer Fare

Raw and Raw Fusion Versions

It’s already so hot here in Tampa that I am not inclined to do a lot of heat-based cooking these days.  Cucumbers are probably my number one “go-to” vegetable.  Sometimes when I am not in the mood to make a whole salad, I will slice up some cucumbers (my favorite actually are the little Persian ones), watermelon radish (if you haven’t tried these, seek them out – they are delicious!) and peeled kohlrabi and sprinkle them with some Ume (Plum) Vinegar with a couple of drops of toasted sesame oil.  If I’m feeling more ambitious and have some ripe avocados, I’ll mash half with a tablespoon of white (shiro) miso as a dip. which is a one of the simplest, yet most succulent taste sensations I have discovered.

This recipe is mainly raw; You can make it fully raw by leaving out the toasted sesame oil and switching to apple cider vinegar.  You can substitute the sunflower seed oil with any other oil that you prefer, but I’d recommend staying away from a heavier oil, like EVO as that might take over the flavors.  I used coconut sugar as my sweetener, but feel free to experiment with others such as honey, stevia or coconut nectar.  The coconut sugar gives it a nice bright finish but it also makes the noodles darker in color.

For the noodles, source out English cucumbers.  These are the longer, thinner ones pictured below.  I tried using the more conventional type, but they have a lot more seeds and make the noodles quite soupy.  Another option is to half a conventional cucumber and scoop out the seeds before spiralizing.  You can even use some of the seeds in the dressing.  If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a peeler and make flat noodles that way.

 

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Make these earlier in the day and allow the flavors to marry and intensify by covering and refrigerating for several hours.  You can spice up the mixture by adding chopped dill or jalapeno peppers, or add a teaspoon of siracha to the dressing.  I’m going to try that now that I have my photo!

Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodles

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:
2 English cucumbers
1 lime
3 TB. sunflower oil
1.5 TB. white vinegar
3 TB. rice vinegar
3-4 TB. coconut sugar
1/4 tsp. toasted sesame oil (optional)
1 small garlic clove (or 1/4 tsp. powdered)
1 small piece of shallot
1 small piece of ginger (or 1/8 tsp.)
1/4 tsp. sea salt (or more, to taste)
2-3 tsp. sesame seeds (raw or toasted)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Optional:  1 tsp. chopped dill or a sprig to garnish

Directions:  Peel the cucumbers loosely (leaving some green for contrast) and slice off the ends.  Cut into 1-2 inch pieces and spiralize.  You can also create flat noodles with a peeler or mandoline.  Place noodles in colander to drain as they will be quite watery.  You can also blot them with a paper towel and squeeze out the moisture.

Using a microplane grate the ginger and shallot over a mixing bowl.   You can chop them finely or use powdered but I like the texture of them this way.   Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, up to the sesame seeds.  I actually put these in my Nutri-Bullet to blend everything together as the coconut sugar is somewhat grainy, but you can just whisk it all vigorously.  Taste and adjust seasonings.  Place the cucumber noodles in a bowl and toss with the dressing adding the sesame seeds and cilantro.  Cover bowl and refrigerate for several hours.  Before serving garnishing with the crushed red pepper flakes, dill or other favorites.

 

 

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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