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Recipe Post: “Fried” Veggies

My husband and I are headed to Boston this weekend for a leisurely weekend away and I had a bunch of produce to use up.  This morning I decided since I was going to be out of the house all day that it would be good to get something prepped for dinner ahead of time.  We have been trying to eat high raw now that our winter CSA is over and we don’t have ridiculous amounts of rutabaga and turnip to use every week.  This recipe is almost raw with the exception of the nutritional yeast which gives it a yummy cheesy flavor.

Ingredients (makes 2 large portions or 4 sides):

  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 8oz button mushrooms, cut in half (you can also try baby bella or portobello if you’d like)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into medium sized chunks
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (if you want to make this totally raw you can omit this ingredient)
  • 1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil
  • 3T lemon juice
  • 1t onion powder
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/4t black pepper


  1. Toss the veggies with the nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper; make sure everything is evenly coated.
  2. Spread evenly onto mesh dehydrator sheets (I used 2 in my Nesco).
  3. Dehydrate at 115F for 1-2 hours (this helps to reduce fermentation) then turn down to 105F for at least 10 hours but you could dehydrate these up to 24 hours if you want them really crispy.

Recipe: Raw Pizza Crackers


  • 2 cups quinoa, sprouted 24 hours, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 10 sundried tomatoes, soaked for 1-2 hours
  • 2T Nama Shoyu
  • 1/4 Cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1t italian seasoning
  • 2T nutritional yeast (optional, not raw but adds great flavor)


  1. To a food processor add sunflower seeds through italian seasoning and blend until almost smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the quinoa, flax meal, nutritional yeast (if using) and sunflower seed mixture and mix until everything is evenly mixed together.
  3. Spread thinly onto teflex sheets, parchment paper or fruit roll sheets (I use fruit roll sheets for my Nesco dehydrator).  At this point you can score the mixture to have even crackers or you can just break into pieces once they are done.
  4. Dehydrate at 115F for 2 hours then turn down to 105F for 10-15 hours (I like to do this in the evening and let them dehydrate over night.

Recipe: Raw Pecan Chard Pate

Raw Pecan Chard Pate


  • 2 cups raw pecans
  • 1 cup chard leaves
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1T cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 2T Nama Shoyu (or you can sub tamari or soy sauce)
  • 1t italian seasoning
  • 1/4t black pepper
  • 2T water


  1. Place all ingredients except water in the food processor and process to a paste.
  2. Scrape down the sides and then process for another minute and slow stream the water into the pate.

Serve with veggies, crackers or my favorite nori rolls.

Recipe: Kimchi Spring Rolls

Kimchi Spring Rolls

Makes 10-15 Rolls

  • 1/4 cup vegan kimichi
  • 1 T hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 T soy sauce
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 parsnip, shredded
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • spring roll wrappers
  • 2 T oil for frying


  1. Fill each spring roll wrapper with 1 tablespoon of filling and tightly roll. Repeat until all the fillings is used.
  2. Heat oil in a sauce pan over medium high and fry the spring rolls until they are lightly browned on all sides.
  3. Drain on paper towel.
  4. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Giveaway & Recipe: Coconut Red Curry Peanut Stir Fry

Coconut Red Curry Peanut Stir Fry


  • 1 cup firm tofu, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 5 cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1.5 cups frozen edamame
  • 1T coconut oil
  • 1T coconut peanut butter (can substitute half coconut butter/half peanut butter or just use peanut butter)- win your own Coconut PB below
  • 1T red curry paste
  • 2T soy sauce, tamari or shoyu
  • 1/2T vegetarian oyster sauce
  • 1T arrowroot powder mixed with 1/4 cup of water
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup of dry roasted peanuts


  1. In a wok over medium high heat melt the coconut oil and coconut peanut butter together.
  2. Add in the red curry paste and stir fry together for about a minute.
  3. Add in all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the peanuts and cook for 7-10minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Add in the peanuts at the end.  Serve with your favorite rice or noodles.

To make this recipe I used Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and Coconut Peanut Butter.  The coconut peanut butter is rich and creamy tasting and works really well in this dish.  The peanut butter flavor is not overwhelming but is rather great combined with the coconut.  I found that this is not an easily spreadable butter but is great on warmed foods such as oatmeal, stir fries, noodles, and sweet potatoes.

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hihorosie // February 24, 2010 at 6:32 PM | Reply (edit)

How can one ever go wrong when there’s coconut involved? But there are a couple of recipes that catch my eye: coconut ice and Coconut Peanut Butter Cup Hot Cocoa. YUM!

Recipe: Skinny Blood Orange Margarita

Skinny Blood Orange Margarita

Margaritas are generally filled with sugar and can be anywhere from 250-500 calories.  

This recipe is great and only around 150 calories a serving so you can enjoy your margarita without the calorie guilt.

Ingredients: (makes 4-5 margaritas) 

  • 8oz silver tequila 
  • splash of triple sec
  • 1t agave nectar
  • 3 limes, juice and zest
  • 2 blood oranges, juice and zest
  • 3-4 cups ice

Throw everything into the blender and blend to a slush.  

Silly napkins my mom got us to go with our margarita glasses

Recipe: Vegan Lasagna with Red Pepper “Ricotta”

Vegan Lasagna with Red Pepper “Ricotta”


  • 1/2 a box of no-boil lasagna (4 portions)
  • 3.5 cups spaghetti sauce (homemade or jarred)
  • 2T Nutritional Yeast
  • Red Pepper “Ricotta”
    • 1 block of firm tofu, drained
    • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    • 1 red bell pepper, diced
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 2t Italian seasoning
    • 1t onion powder
    • 1t garlic powder
    • 1t salt
    • 1/2t ground black pepper

Directions:   Preheat the oven to 400F.

  1. To make the ricotta: place everything in a food processor and process until crumbly/texture of ricotta.  If the ricotta seems a little dry while processing you can add water a teaspoon at a time to loosen up the mixture. 
  2. To make the lasagna: in an 8×8 glass baking dish layer the lasagna starting with sauce, noodles, ricotta, sauce, noodles.  You should have 4-6 layers and should end with sauce.  Sprinkle with the nutritional yeast and cover with aluminum foil. 
  3. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or as the directions on the lasagna noodle box recommend. 
  4. Once out of the oven let the lasagna cool for 5-7 minutes.  Then enjoy!