Monday, October 1, 2012

TV Thai Food

I had a great time during my latest appearance on NBC's My Carolina Today!  I am always amazed at the outpouring of interest in raw veganism that comes from these segments.



Spicy Thai Kale Chips

3 bunches of Kale

Splash of olive oil

1 cup almonds
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 -2 teaspoons hot chili pepper sauce (again, if you don't like spice, skip this!)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Braggs soy sauce
½ cup water
pinch sea salt
pinch pepper

Clean and rinse kale and tear into large chunks. Douse with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt. Massage into kale.  In a food processor, blend the almond into a mill. Add the minced ginger, garlic, hot pepper sauce, lemon juice, honey, nama shoyu, water, salt and pepper, and blend until smooth. Pour over Kale and massage in. Lay Kale leaves on dehydrator sheets and dehydrate at 115 until crisp.  If you don’t have a dehydrator, put your oven on the lowest setting and bake until crisp.


BENEFITS OF KALE: The “queen of greens”!  Kale is high in vitamins A, C, & K, iron, and is filled with powerful antioxidants.  Kale also possesses wonderful anti-inflammatory properties.


Asian Collard Wrap

2 large collard leaves


Stuffing Veggies:


1 red or yellow pepper

½ small head of cabbage, shredded

1 carrot, peeled and cut into match stick pieces

1 bunch asparagus

1 bunch Bean sprouts

¼ c chopped cashews

For the Marinade:
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 ½ tablespoons honey
1 ½ soy sauce
1 ½ tablespoons minced ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender and set aside.

In large bowl, place all stuffing veggies and cover with marinade.  Let sit for at least 30 minutes

Wash a de-stem collard leaves. Rub each leaf with 1/2t lemon juice, 1/2t EEVO, and a dash of salt.  Place shiny side down. Load leaf with assortment of veggies and nuts. Fold short end over the filling and begin rolling tightly until you reach the end.  Place on a plate with the stem side down.


BENEFITS OF GINGER:  Ginger has long been used as a medicinal root to help with inflammation, pain, stomach discomfort and more.


Kelp Noodles Asian Style

1 yellow zucchini, peeled and spiral sliced

1 red or yellow pepper, cut into thin strips

1 pkg kelp noodles, soaked in water

2 chopped green onions

5 basil leaves, chiffonade

1/2C cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

Press all water out of zucchini and kelp noodles.  Toss with other ingredients in large bowl.


1/2C cashews, soaked for 2-4 hours

1C coconut water

1/4C basil leaves

1/4C agave

1T garlic

1T apple cider vinegar

1T sesame seeds

1t Nama Shoyu

1/2t grated fresh ginger

Pinch of dried red pepper flakes

Sea Salt and pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Season to taste. If mixture is too thick, add water to obtain desired consistency. Toss with noodles. Plate and serve.


***Kelp noodles may be purchased at health food stores or online


BENEFITS OF KELP:  Kelp is rich in more than 70 different minerals and more than 21 amino acids. Kelp also is rich in vitamins, enzymes, and trace elements.  Because of its high iodine content kelp is wonderful for glandular health, specifically thyroid functioning.



1C flaked coconut

1C large coconut pieces

3/4C raw almond flour

¼ t sea salt

½ C agave

2T coconut butter, melted in sun or slowly over a double boiler

1/2t vanilla

1t almond extract


In a food processor, pulse together coconut, almond flour, and salt. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until combined.  Pinch a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, flatten.  Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8 hours. Store in fridge

You can dress up macaroon by sprinkling with cinnamon/coconut flakes or dipping in raw chocolate.