real food. real life.
Alright, so I don't know what has happened in this house but I'm not questioning it! Lee agreed to let me make vegetarian meals all week! So excited to try out some new recipes and to save money on meat. Is it just me or is meat just getting more and more expensive these days??
I know, without a doubt, that I could pull off a vegetarian lifestyle. Heck, probably a vegan lifestyle. I don't eat dairy anyway. Eggs - I could take them or leave them. But I don't think I could leave honey out of my diet... I suppose I would miss bacon and sausage, for sure. And lobster... But the savings on food bills would make it all seem worth it, right? I know Lee isn't there with me on the v-train... yet... so meat in the freezer is just how it's going to be! However, we have mainly crossed into only buying our meat from local farms/markets, so at least we know where the meat came from. That's a start, I think.
Anyway, today's vegetarian recipe (actually raw vegan recipe, if we're getting specific here) is brought to the by the awesomeness that is Laura Miller. She hosts a show on youtube/Tastemade called Raw. Vegan. Not gross. Haha, I know, awesome title. Makes vegan foods intriguing! Actually, watching her shows totally reminds me of my sister, who is currently somewhere deep in the woods cooking food for a bunch of tree planters, right now, but who also has an awesome food blog, focused on v foods - check it out here!
Alright, sorry, side track there. Back to Laura Miller. I have watched every episode she's posted. She is entertaining to watch and posts a ton of yummy, easy, recipes. I find her humour hilarious. Lee finds it corny. But I laugh out loud every episode.
This one episode caught my attention because I am always looking for ways to use cabbage - we get a ton of it in our CSA. It does have a lot of 'nuts' in it though... which is a bit pricy and 'heavy', but it does go well with the sweet and spicy flavours. She uses mango as her sweet fruit topping. I used pineapple. (Lee's allergic to mango) I think both would taste good, either way. She also uses soy sauce in hers. I just omitted it, as I didn't have any coconut aminoes in the cupboard. I think it tasted find without it, but it would definitely boost the flavour if you have some. Here is the original recipe. Subscribe to her channel! She's full of wonderful vegetable info. These are best places to learn about food and how to cook! (Raw vegan cooking is extremely easy, great place to start!)
Here's what I did to create ours!
half a head of cabbage (red looks prettier)
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
1 slice of pineapple, thinly sliced
For the "Meat":
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup almond butter
2 tbsp ginger
1 tsp chili flakes
juice of half lemon
1/2 cup walnuts
3/4 cup cashews
What to do:
1) In food processor, add oil, maple syrup, salt, almond butter, ginger, chili flakes, and lemon juice. Pulse until combined.
2) Add walnuts and cashews. Pulse just a bit until it looks half smooth/half chunky. It should look kind of gross, but taste delicious! Haha
3) Assemble the wrap! Use half a cabbage head and peel away the leaves. Scoop about a tbsp or 2 on a leaf, then top with pineapple, pepper, and carrot. Eat like a taco, roll it like an egg roll, or flatten like a quesadilla. The cabbage keeps it crunchy, but it you're like Lee and not a fan of cabbage, try using another leafy green. So good!
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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