Spicy Raw Thai Salad

Spicy Raw Thai Salad

Spicy Raw Thai Salad via Linda Wagner

I’ve really been in an Asian food mood lately. It started with this AMAZING Chinese Chicken Salad then these always delicious Veggie Spring Rolls w/Peanut Sauce and now with this great Thai inspired salad. I love all the fresh produce that’s back in season now and raw veggie dishes sound so perfect for any meal on a hot summer day. In addition to Asian flavors, I’ve also been loving SPICY food so I made this dressing extra spicy! You could also try a super simple Thai Peanut Slaw like this one if you are short on ingredients or time.

Spicy Raw Thai Salad via Linda Wagner

I bought almost all the ingredients for this salad at Trader Joe’s. I love that they have pre washed and cut/shredded bags of veggies and salad. It just makes life sooooo much easier!! The great thing about this salad is that you can use any veggies you want: broccoli slaw, shredded carrots, kale, shredded cabbage, bell peppers, avocado, cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes, you name it!

Spicy Raw Thai Salad via Linda Wagner

First you’ll want to prepare your dressing.

Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Tamari (tamari is a gluten free soy sauce) or regular soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs finely minced ginger (I peeled fresh ginger and used this hand held food processor to mince – You can also do it by hand but I find this process much faster and easier!)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Almond Butter
  • 2 Tbs Hoisin sauce (I like this brand best, you can usually find it in the Asian section at your grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil 
  • 1 tsp Spicy Chili Oil (optional but I had it on hand and knew it would make a great addition!)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or more if you like it spicy!
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 dash of stevia to taste – also a dollop of honey or maple syrup could work
  • 3 chopped green onions, green and white parts
  • 2 Tbs chopped chives (optional but use ’em if you got ’em!)

In a small mason jar with lid add all ingredients. Secure the lid and shake vigorously. Set aside.

I doubled the recipe so I would have lots of leftover dressing. I am obsessed with this stuff and love it on salads, over quinoa, as a veggie dip, or as a chicken/fish marinade!

Spicy Raw Thai Salad via Linda Wagner

Spicy Raw Thai Salad

For your salad simply chop all your veggies and add to a plastic zip lock bag. I used:

  • red & orange bell peppers
  • Cruciferous Crunch kale salad from Trader Joe’s. You could also use shredded cabbage + shredded kale if you can’t find the mix in your area.
  • broccoli slaw, also from Trader Joe’s – I think zucchini noodles would also be a fun substitute!
  • shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1.5 cups frozen edamame, thawed
  • Thai Lime & Chili Cashews – roughly chopped, also from TJ’s
  • 2 Tbs chopped chives as garnish – again this is optional but highly recommended since it gives great flavor!

Spicy Raw Thai Salad via Linda Wagner

Next, place all ingredients and enough dressing to coat into a large plastic bag, seal, and shake vigorously until well incorporated. Adjust amount of dressing as needed.

Garnish with chopped chives and thai chili lime cashews. The cashews make it!! Have you had them yet?! They are out of this world and so addicting!!

Pour into bowls or onto plates and enjoy!! Serves 6.

Spicy Raw Thai Salad via Linda Wagner

This is such a wonderful salad that you have anytime. It’s also a great make-ahead dish that you can serve to dinner guests! The flavor is wonderful and only gets better with time!

If you like, you can add some extra density to this salad with a clean protein like grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp, or grass fed steak. If you are meat-free, quinoa would be a lovely addition.

Spicy Raw Thai Salad via Linda Wagner

You can have this salad any time as a lunch, dinner meal, side dish, or even a yummy mid-day snack. This recipe is:

  • gluten free
  • dairy free
  • low sugar
  • low carb
  • low cal
  • low fat
  • raw vegan
  • paleo

That means almost anyone can enjoy it, no matter their dietary restrictions! I doubled the recipe and made a HUGE batch to last through the weekend (I ALWAYS make larger portions so that I have leftovers for the next few days. It’s just not realistic for me to make meals from scratch every day. Having leftovers ensures that I always have healthy options ready to eat! You should try it too, makes healthy eating so much easier!). Remember, this recipe is open to interpretation and you can use any veggies you like. I think once my avocados ripen, I’ll add them to the mix as well!

I’m also thinking that I might boil some shrimp tomorrow and use this salad as a filling to make Thai Spring Rolls!! YUMMM, my mouth is already watering!!

Spicy Raw Thai Salad via Linda Wagner

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Spicy Raw Thai Salad
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup Tamari (tamari is a gluten free soy sauce) or regular soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs finely minced ginger (I peeled fresh ginger and used this hand held food processor to mince – You can also do it by hand but I find this process much faster and easier!)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Almond Butter
  • 2 Tbs Hoisin sauce (I like this brand best, you can usually find it in the Asian section at your grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Spicy Chili Oil (optional but I had it on hand and knew it would make a great addition!)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or more if you like it spicy!
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 dash of stevia to taste – also a dollop of honey or maple syrup could work
  • 3 chopped green onions, green and white parts
  • 2 Tbs chopped chives (optional but use ’em if you got ’em!)
  • red & orange bell peppers cut into strips
  • Cruciferous Crunch kale salad from Trader Joe’s. You could also use shredded cabbage + shredded kale if you can’t find the mix in your area.
  • broccoli slaw, also from Trader Joe’s
  • shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1.5 cups frozen edamame, thawed
  • Thai Lime & Chili Cashews – roughly chopped, also from TJ’s
  • 2 Tbs chopped chives as garnish – again this is optional but highly recommended since it gives great flavor!
Instructions
  1. In a small mason jar with lid add tamari, vinegar, minced ginger, almond butter, stevia, olive oil, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, sriracha, sea salt, chopped green onions, and chives. . Secure the lid and shake vigorously. Set aside. (I doubled the recipe so I would have lots of leftover dressing. I am obsessed with this stuff and love it on salads, over quinoa, as a veggie dip, or as a chicken/fish marinade!)
  2. Next, place all your chopped veggies with enough dressing to coat into a large plastic bag, seal, and shake vigorously until well incorporated. Adjust amount of dressing as needed.
  3. Garnish with chopped chives and thai chili lime cashews.
  4. Pour into bowls or onto plates and enjoy!!

Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

I’m really excited about this Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad recipe. It’s very easy to make, super healthy, and tastes AMAZING. I’m totally in love with the dressing and can’t wait to use it again as a marinade, dip for spring rolls, and salad dressing! It’s definitely going to be one of my new go-to recipes!

I have been getting a lot of inquires lately about summer weight loss and the best ways to tone up for summer. My #1 piece of advice is to cut out inflammatory foods. Carbohydrates are one of the most inflammatory foods so eliminating them will help to immediately shed water weight, improve skin and digestion, and allow your natural muscle tone to show through! I know most people feel like cutting carbs will be too restrictive but the key is having delicious low carb foods like this salad!! It’s is absolutely bursting with flavor, I promise you won’t miss your carbs at all!!

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

I also love that this recipe tastes as good (or better!!) as any Chinese Chicken Salad you could get at a restaurant but it’s actually good for you! It’s

  • gluten free
  • dairy free
  • low sugar
  • low carb
  • low cal
  • low fat
  • paleo

That means almost anyone can enjoy it, no matter their dietary restrictions!

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

This isn’t quite a 5 Min Meal but it’s pretty darn close!! I got an all-natural rotisserie chicken from my local health food store and shredded carrots to make my meal prep easier. You could also get pre shredded Napa Cabbage if you have it in your area.

After chopping the veggies and mixing the dressing, I just dumped everything into a plastic bag and gave it a good shake. That’s it! No cooking necessary! I love anything that allows me NOT to cook in the summer time. With temps in the mid 90’s already, the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove!! However, if you do wish to cook your own chicken and have an outdoor grill, you can use half of the dressing as a marinade and cook your chicken outside on the grill.

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad

Adapted from this fabulous recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 head of a large Napa Cabbage, chopped into very thin strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbs black sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbs white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashews (optional)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, torn into shreds
  • 1/4 cup Tamari (tamari is a gluten free soy sauce) or regular soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs finely minced ginger (I peeled fresh ginger and used this hand held food processor to mince – You can also do it by hand but I find this process much faster and easier!)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Hoisin sauce (I like this brand best, you can usually find it in the Asian section at your grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil 
  • 1 tsp Spicy Chili Oil (optional but I had it on hand and knew it would make a great addition!)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or more if you like it spicy!
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 5 chopped green onions, green and white parts

For the dressing:

In a small mason jar with lid add tamari, vinegar, minced ginger, olive oil, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, sriracha, sea salt and chopped green onions. Secure the lid and shake vigorously. Set aside.

Next, put chopped cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, sesame seeds, cashews, shredded chicken, and enough dressing to coat (around half) into a large plastic bag, seal, and shake vigorously until well incorporated. Adjust amount of dressing as needed.

Pour into bowls or onto plates and enjoy!! Serves 4.

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

If you’re getting bored of the same old salads over and over, this one is sure to spice things up! It’s so easy to throw together on a busy weeknight and you can feel great about eating it since it’s dairy free, gluten free, low carb, well combined, and paleo friendly. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Here are some other fast & healthy meal ideas and more here and here! Enjoy!!

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Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad
Recipe Type: salad, entree
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 bags shredded carrots
  • 1 entire head of a large Napa Cabbage, chopped into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbs black sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbs white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashews (optional)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, torn into shreds
  • 1/4 cup Tamari (tamari is a gluten free soy sauce) or regular soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs finely minced ginger (I peeled fresh ginger and used this hand held food processor to mince – You can also do it by hand but I find this process much faster and easier!)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs hoisin sauce (I like this brand best, you can usually find it in the Asian section at your grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Spicy Chili Oil (optional but I had it on hand and knew it would make a great addition!)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or more if you like it spicy!
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 5 chopped green onions, green and white parts
Instructions
  1. For the dressing: In a small mason jar with lid, add tamari, vinegar, minced ginger, olive oil, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, siracha, sea salt and chopped green onions. Secure the lid on top and shake vigorously. Set aside.
  2. Next, put chopped cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, sesame seeds, cashews, shredded chicken, and enough dressing to coat into a large plastic bag and shake vigorously until well incorporated. Adjust amount of dressing as needed.
  3. Pour into bowls or onto plates and enjoy!!

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto via Linda Wagner

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto via Linda Wagner

One easy way to cut down on carbs and calories and increase minerals and nutrients in your diet is to start making your own veggie noodles! If you don’t already have a spiralizer, I strongly recommend getting one and if you do, it’s time to get it out of the cupboard and actually use it!! Not only is it fun and easy to use but it’s a great way to transform your health!

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto via Linda Wagner

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto

Pesto adapted from this recipe.

For the pesto you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 5 leaves of kale, stems removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 inch slice of jalapeno, diced
  • drizzle of olive oil, about 2 Tbs
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • water as needed

In a food processor, process all ingredients until smooth adding more water as needed to blend. Adjust flavors as needed and set aside.

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto via Linda Wagner

For the noodles you’ll need:

  • 4 medium sized zucchini (you could also use yellow summer squash)
  • sea salt
  • olive oil

Use a spiral slicer to slice the noodles into a “spaghetti” shape. If you don’t have a spiral slicer, a vegetable peeler can be used to make long, flat fettuccine style “noodles” or you can shred the zucchini using a grater or food processor.

Sprinkle you noodles lightly with sea salt and use your hands to toss.

In a sauce pan over medium high heat, toss your noodles in a small amount of olive oil until slightly soft, about 2 mins.

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto via Linda WagnerZucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto via Linda Wagner

In a large bowl, toss your zucchini noodles with pesto until well combined. Then top with sliced tomatoes and pine nuts.

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto via Linda Wagner

Easy as that and so fun to make!

This recipe is great as a meal, side dish, or appetizer. You could also add some hard boiled eggs, baked salmon, or almond crusted chicken for more protein. It’s also gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, low carb, and sugar free so should be suitable for almost anyone! You can use any extra pesto to spread on veggie sandwiches, salads, eggs, or toasted Ezekiel bread!

You can see some of my other favorite veggie pasta recipes here and here.

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto via Linda Wagner

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Kale & Walnut Pesto
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 5 leaves of kale, stems removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 inch slice of jalapeno, diced
  • drizzle of olive oil, about 2 Tbs
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • water as needed to blend
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • pine nuts
Instructions
  1. For the pesto: In a food processor, process walnuts, kale garlic, lemon, jalapeno, olive oil, salt and pepper, and water until smooth adding more water as needed to blend. Adjust flavors as needed and set aside.
  2. For the pasta: Use a spiral slicer to slice the noodles into a “spaghetti” shape. If you don’t have a spiral slicer, a vegetable peeler can be used to make long, flat fettuccine style “noodles” or you can shred the zucchini using a grater or food processor.
  3. Sprinkle you noodles lightly with sea salt and use your hands to toss.
  4. In a sauce pan over medium high heat, toss your noodles in a small amount of olive oil until slightly soft, about 2 mins.
  5. In a large bowl, toss your zucchini noodles with pesto until well combined. Then top with sliced tomatoes and pine nuts.
  6. This recipe is great as a meal, side dish, or appetizer. You could also add some hard boiled eggs, baked salmon, or almond crusted chicken for more protein.

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Raw Kale Caesar Salad with Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken via Linda Wagner

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

This might be the best recipe I’ve ever made…I’m not even joking!

I was inspired by a delicious kale caesar I had at Napoleon’s in Laguna. I kept thinking about how good that salad was and wanted to see if I could recreate my own dairy free ceasar dressing. I’m pretty darn proud of how it came out and I’m so excited to share the recipe with you! I think it is sure to become one of your favorites! I can’t wait to make it again for guests, it’s seriously restaurant quality. So, so good!!

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

The other thing I like about this recipe is that it’s very versatile. It seems like these days we all have our own unique dietary needs and this recipe is:

  • gluten free
  • dairy free
  • sugar free
  • paleo
  • it can be made raw vegan by omitting the chicken and using avocado instead
  • it can be made vegetarian by substituting hard boiled eggs or salmon for the chicken
  • the salad base is also great to have on it’s own
  • the dressing can be used as a veggie dip or a spread on sandwiches

That’s a lot of options from one little recipe!! This is a great one for families with picky eaters, just make the base and let everyone pick and choose their own protein choice or veggies.

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

Raw Kale Caesar Salad with Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken

I used this recipe to make 4 Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken Breasts. This time I also added herbs de provence to the almond flour mixture.

While the chicken is cooking, you can prepare your salad base.

For the Kale Salad you’ll need:

  • 2 large heads of curly kale
  • 1 cup shredded carrots

Grab your kale by the stem and strip the leaves from the stem with your hands. I like to save the stems and use them later in my juices! Use your hands to tear the kale into small pieces and place in a large ziplock bag along with your shredded carrots and set aside.

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For the Raw Caesar Dressing you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs mild white miso
  • 1.5 tsps sea salt
  • LOTS & LOTS of fresh cracked pepper, the more the better!
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/2 cup water

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. I use a Vitamix. If you don’t have a high speed blender, you could also use a food processor. Adjust salt, pepper, lemon juice, and water as needed and pour into your ziplock bag with the kale and shredded carrots.

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

Seal your ziplock bag and shake vigorously until the dressing and vegetables are well combined.

Pour your Caesar Salad mixture onto 4 large plates, top with 1 sliced chicken breast and serve immediately.

This recipe will make 4 delicious servings. You can see the complete, printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

Seriously be prepared to be blown away. I can’t even describe how amazing this salad is. It is SO worth it to make the recipe and I would even make extras to last all week! The Almond Crusted Chicken is beyond amazing on it’s own (I’ll typically make 4-6 at a time) or added to pretty much anything. It’s one of those dishes that never gets old!

If you’re having a dinner party or have family in town, this is a great recipe to introduce them to your healthy lifestyle since it actually doesn’t taste like it’s good for you! It literally tastes like a fatty caesar salad with fried chicken on top! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

Raw Kale Caesar Salad with Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken
Recipe Type: salad, paleo, dairy free, gluten free
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
If you’re having a dinner party or have family coming to visit this is a great recipe to introduce them to your healthy lifestyle since it actually doesn’t taste like it’s good for you! It literally tastes like a fatty caesar salad with fried chicken on top!
Ingredients
  • 2 large heads of curly kale
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs mild white miso
  • 1.5 tsps sea salt
  • LOTS & LOTS of fresh cracked pepper, the more the better!
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-4 organic, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup almond flour – you could also use coconut flour or leftover almond pulp from making homemade almond milk!!
  • 1 Tbs spices of choice, for this recipe I used organic steak seasoning and herbs de provence to give it a more intense flavor.
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. For the Almond Crusted Chicken you’ll need to Preheat oven to 425 deg, line a large baking sheet with foil, and set aside.
  2. You will need 2 large bowls. In the first bowl, add your almond meal, salt, pepper, and spices and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a second large bowl, crack 1 egg and beat with a fork or whisk until combined.
  4. Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture and coat both sides. Then dip the coated chicken into the almond meal mixture, coat both sides and place on a large baking sheet lined with foil.
  5. Bake at 425 for about 20mins or until browned on the outside and cooked through.
  6. For the dressing combine the cashews, pine nuts, lemon juice, miso, sea salt, LOTS & LOTS of fresh cracked pepper, 4 cloves garlic, stevia and water into a blender.
  7. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. I use a Vitamix. If you don’t have a high speed blender, you could also use a food processor. Adjust salt, pepper, and lemon juice as needed
  8. Pour dressing into your ziplock bag with the kale and shredded carrots.
  9. Seal your ziplock bag and shake vigorously until the dressing and vegetables are well combined.
  10. Pour your Ceasar Salad mixture onto a large plate, place 1 sliced chicken breast on top and serve immediately.

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

For more delicious salad recipes go here. You can also see my chicken recipes here and fish/seafood ideas here.

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Raw Jalapeno Cashew Cheese

Raw Vegan Jalapeno  Cashew Cheese - takes only 5 mins to make!

I recently wrote a post about cutting most dairy out of my diet. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it and I want to share my philosophy with you guys. I’m not an extremist (any more), I know from past experiences that the pendulum always swings both ways. Being too strict with your diet will ultimately cause us to go to the other extreme and binge or overeat. So to clarify, when I say I cut dairy out of my diet, I don’t mean I will NEVER EVER have it again (!!) it just means that I’m not going to be buying it or keeping it at the house anymore. If I’m eating out I might have some goat cheese on a salad every now and again but it’s not going to be a daily or weekly staple like it once was. I hope that makes sense!

Raw Vegan Jalapeno  Cashew Cheese - takes only 5 mins to make!

Being realistic allows me to enjoy something I like but in more moderation. Life is about balance and it’s also about enjoyment! You don’t have to cut everything out at once or forever, just go for the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time you eat super clean and 20% is not as perfect. I feel best at about 95/5 but that’s after years and years of  following this lifestyle. If you are eating 50/50, then try to bump it up to 60/40 and so on. Slow and steady wins the race! Everyone wants the quick fix but if there is one thing I know, it’s that slow manageable changes are what lead to long lasting changes! There was a time in my life when I NEVER thought I would get there and now looking back I wonder how I ever could have been overweight with terrible skin and chronic fatigue…but more on that later. Back to the recipe!

In the spirit of staying dairy free, I thought I’d take a nod from my old raw food days and make this nut based cashew cheese. This has a similar texture to soft goat cheese. Full disclosure here: you’re not going to “trick” anyone into thinking this is real cheese but it tastes great and will make a lovely stand in for cheese and crackers. You could also use it as a yummy veggie dip, on pizzas, drizzled over roasted veggies like broccoli, veggie nachos, on sandwiches, etc. I added jalapeno and LOTS of black pepper to make it pop and it turned out great! 

Raw Vegan Jalapeno  Cashew Cheese - takes only 5 mins to make!

Raw Vegan Jalapeno  Cashew Cheese

You’ll need:

  • 1.5 cups cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste, I used about a 1/2 tsp of each

Add all ingredients to your VitaMix and blend until smooth. Taste, and add more water and spice as needed.

You can also use a food processor and combine all ingredients until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. I sometimes use the Cuisinart Smart Stick mini food processor when making nut based spreads.

Use a spatula to transfer to a small plate or bowl. I used a small springform cake pan to mold it into a circle and then sprinkled it generously with fresh cracked pepper. I think it would have looked better with a coarser cracked pepper than I used or red pepper flakes would have been really pretty! Then refrigerate for an hour to set the shape. Keep in mind that it will be soft at room temp and firm when cold.

I spread my “cheese” over some delicious Mary’s Gone Crackers which are gluten free and delicious! You can find them at most health food stores 🙂

You could also add a bit more water and use this as an alfredo sauce alternative (simply omit the jalapeno if you don’t want it to be spicy) and if you’re feeling extra adventurous you could make a spicy mac and cheese using zucchini noodles!

Raw Vegan Jalapeno  Cashew Cheese - takes only 5 mins to make!

Raw Vegan Jalapeno Cashew Cheese
Recipe Type: Appetiser
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste, I used about a 1/2 tsp of each
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to your VitaMix and blend until smooth. Taste, and add more water and spice as needed.
  2. You can also use a food processor and combine all ingredients until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. I sometimes use the Cuisinart Smart Stick mini food processor when making nut based spreads.
  3. Use a spatula to transfer to a small plate or bowl. I used a small springform cake pan to mold it into a circle and then sprinkled it generously with fresh cracked pepper. I think it would have looked better with a coarser cracked pepper than I used or red pepper flakes would have been really pretty! Then refrigerate for an hour to set the shape. Keep in mind that it will be soft at room temp and firm when cold.
  4. You can also add a bit more water and use this as an alfredo sauce alternative (simply omit the jalapeno if you don’t want it to be spicy) and if you’re feeling extra adventurous you could make a[url href=”http://lindawagner.net/blog/2012/04/gluten-free-dairy-free-mac-and-cheese-recipe” target=”_blank”] spicy mac and cheese using zucchini noodles[/url]!

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Healthy Hemp Seed Ranch Dressing Recipe

Healthy Raw Ranch Dressing via Linda Wagner #dairyfree #rawfood #healthy #hempseeds

This ranch dressing will change your life…seriously. I started making it a month ago and haven’t stopped since! It’s very simple, super healthy, and absolutely AMAZING!! You may be surprised to find that it’s made with hemp seeds!

From 3fatchicks.com Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. It is not the same as marijuana, as it does not contain the high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient that produces a high. Hemp has many industrial uses, but you can also obtain many health benefits from it by adding the seeds to your diet.

Hemp can provide you with a complete protein, and a balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. It also contains many B vitamins, vitamins A, D and E, calcium, sodium, iron and dietary fiber. Hence, hemp seeds can supply you with all your dietary needs for optimum health.

1. A Healthy Heart The essential fatty acids contained in hemp can reduce blood cholesterol to prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. Plaque buildup can contribute to atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries and eventually can cause heart attacks and stroke. The fatty acids help to reduce inflammation that can cause poor blood circulation and high blood pressure. Therefore hemp can reduce the workload of the heart, and as a result helps to prevent heart disease and stroke.

2. A Healthy Mind Your brain contains lot of the same essential fatty acids which are found in hemp. Therefore, hemp can help to improve your memory, and prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Hemp seeds can also help to improve your moods, alleviate symptoms of depression and reduce anxiety and stress levels.

3. Healthy Skin Hemp oil is often used for cosmetic purposes in products such as soaps, skin lotions and lip balms. This is because the oil helps to penetrate into the layers of the skin to promote new cell growth for a softer and smoother skin. Hemp can also help to clear up skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dry skin.

4. Weight Loss Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant, and helps you to feel full longer. Adding 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds to your breakfast can help to reduce your food cravings for the rest of the day. On top of that you will have lots of energy for exercise and other activities to help you lose weight.

5. Digestive Disorders The high amount of fiber that is contained in hemp seeds can help to keep your digestive tract clean and healthy. As a result you can eliminate digestive disorders such as bloating and constipation.

6. Prevent Cancer A healthy digestive system along with the antioxidants and plant sterols contained in hemp can help to reduce your risk of breast, colon and prostate cancers.

7. Diabetes Hemp seeds are also essential if you are diabetic, or are at risk for diabetes, as they can help to control your blood sugar levels. This is due to the healthy fats which help the body to absorb the glucose from the bloodstream and turn it into energy. As a result, energy levels will increase and sweet cravings will decrease. (source)

Healthy Raw Ranch Dressing via Linda Wagner #dairyfree #rawfood #healthy #hempseeds

This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks and restaurants Cafe Gratitude. If you don’t have this book, it’s definitely one to add to your collection!

You’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs Tamari
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 cups hemp seeds
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbs chopped jalapeno
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 3 Tbs fresh dill, chopped fine or 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro

Blend all ingredients until smooth. If you like it to be speckled, blend everything except the parsley and cilantro. Then add those in at the last min and blend until the herbs are mixed in and speckled green.

I use a VitaMix which is an amazing, state of the art, professional grade high speed blender. They are the ONLY blender that will give you the creamy consistency that you desire.  I love, love, LOVE my VitaMix and highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily! If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, I also like Hamilton Beach which makes some great budget friendly blenders that you can get at your local Walmart or Target.

Where to get your hemp seeds: you all know I purchase most everything through iherb.com! They’ve got the best prices and fast shipping – they ship to over 180 countries, including APO addresses! Feel free to use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order + free shipping on orders of $20 or more!! You can get all of your superfoods, food items, and supplements from iherb!

If you are having a craving for savory foods you can use this raw ranch dressing on salads or as a dip for raw veggies. I’ve been eating it as a snack with baby carrots, cucumber slices, bell peppers, celery…basically anything I can get my hands on to dip it with! It’s so, so, so good!! It tastes like it would be totally unhealthy but it’s actually BURSTING with nutrients!!  Try it and leave me a comment to tell me what you think!

Healthy Hemp Seed Ranch Dressing
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs Tamari
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 cups hemp seeds
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbs chopped jalapeno
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 3 Tbs fresh dill, chopped fine or 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. If you like it to be speckled, blend everything except the parsley and cilantro. Then add those in at the last min and blend until the herbs are mixed in and speckled green.
  2. I use a VitaMix which is an amazing, state of the art, professional grade high speed blender.

 

Healthy Ranch Dressing via Linda Wagner #dairyfree #rawfood #healthy

 Looking for a fast easy detox plan? I’ve got everything you need to get started! Check out my step by step programs here.

 Interested in one-on-one Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching with Linda? Click here and here for details on how to get started.

 For more healthy living tips and recipes please subscribe to this blog, follow me on twitterLOVE me on facebook, subscribe to my YouTube channel, follow me on Pinterest, OR if you are interested in getting started on your own weight loss journey with a one-on-one consultation, shoot me an email!

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