I am ridiculously and totally excited to report that it feels like summer out here in Oakland, and it is incredible.
Lately I have been working as a farmer’s market vendor once a week with a fancy-pants raw vegan superfood chocolate company called Coracao. I am in LOVE with coracao’s locally produced, organic, low glycemic and raw chocolate, but that’s a post for another day. Today’s post is about the perks of working a far-mar, AKA FREE SALAD. That’s right, my dudes, in addition to chilling with vegan treats and hanging outside with my very cool co-worker’s, my position with Coracao provides me with market trade, which means this salad was 100% inspired by the beautiful things I got for free the last time I worked.
I have a thing for pairing cooked foods with raw foods, mostly because I DO WHAT I WANT. I love raw veggies sometimes, but the deep flavor of a panfried leek or a roasted asparagus gets me every single time, and I think pairing the texture of cooked and raw food is a straight up great idea. To top my veggies, I whizzed up a fresh and light dressing and chopped my favorite protein to produce a salad so large I was almost sure I couldn’t finish it.
(Spoiler alert, I downed that sucker in fifteen minutes flat, every last bite of it. I may as well have licked the bowl, by which I mean I did lick the bowl. #sorrynotsorry)
|Thai Inspired Zoodle Salad|| |
- 1 medium large zucchini, spiralized
- coconut oil spray
- 1 generous handful thin asparagus, washed and trimmed
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ a medium leek, sliced thin
- 2 stalks celery, sliced thin
- ½ orange bell pepper, sliced thin
- 1 handful fresh basil, chopped
- 1 cup protein of choice. I used Beyond meat but other suggestions would be tempeh, chickpeas, or baked tofu.
- 1" fresh ginger
- 1 tangerine, juiced
- 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter
- ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free tamari
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- spiralize your zucchini and chop all your veggies and protein.
- Place your veggies and protein (except for the asparagus and leeks) into a giant bowl. Add your protein to the bowl.
- spray your cast iron stove top grill with coconut oil, add asparagus to the pan, spray a bit more coconut oil and top with salt and pepper. Add a slight bit of water to the grill for extra help steaming and cover with the lid of a pot (your lid doesn't fit the grill skillet perfectly, it just needs to trap some of the steam in. Alternately you can pan saute these with the leeks if you are sans grill.)
- Cook asparagus for 5 minutes, flip them, and cook for five more.
- Spray a non stick skillet with coconut oil and add your leeks to the pan. Cover the pan and heat your leeks until they are just a bit soft and have crispy brown edges. (approximately 7 minutes)
- While your veggies are cooking, put the dressing ingredients (ginger through tamari) in a high speed blender. Whiz until completely smooth.
- Once veggies are cooked to your liking, add them to the bowl with the raw vegetable ingredients.
- Toss with dressing, using enough to cover the salad. I used about ½ of the batch that I made.
What flavors are inspiring you recently? Is the farmer’s market bumpin’ in your town yet?
I woke up today and I felt great. I just finished facilitating my Reset and Restore program and I loved the dialogues that came up, loved the participants and loved the experience. This will definitely become a yearly Super Strength Health tradition and I am already super stoked to get thinking about what I’d like to do with the program next year.
Reset and Restore got me thinking a lot about holiday times, how they can affect our nutrition and wellness goals, how they can be beautiful and enjoyable but also taxing and just straight up stressful. It’s that time of year where our abilities to take care of our own health and wellness can totally go off the rails. People are crazy busy, people get sick, people are stressed and tired. Me too. I get that.
It occurs to me more and more that the only thing I actually don’t like about health and wellness coaching is the fact that it’s not available to everyone all of the time. I hate that finances get in the way sometimes.
In light of those two facts, I think it’s time I give a little of my time away!
I am offering to give away 20 free single sessions before January 1. Because it helps people to focus on their health when they talk about it. Because there is nothing I like more than hearing about how I can help people with their nutrition and mental health, and because giving gifts is cool and fun for me. Super Strength Health keywords are: Body image. Self esteem. Eating disorder recovery. Veganism. Plant based athletics. IBS. treating yourself really fucking awesomely. If you need help with any of these, I’m your girl.
If you’ve ever thought you might like health coaching, you should snag a session. If you know someone who might want a session, you should forward this to them. Share this widely, my non-gender specific dudes! I’d like to get a free session into as many hands as I can handle.
And now on to the recipe….
This recipe is from my e-cookbook, and it is one of my favorites. The dish is beautiful, satisfying, just a little bit rich, and spicy. Last time I made this, I grilled up some tempeh to throw on top of the veggie pile and it kept me full for hours. Zucchini noodles are the BEST, and in my opinion coconut makes everything better.
|Zucchini Noodles with Coconut Ginger Sauce|| |
- 2 medium zucchini, spiralized
- 1 medium red bell pepper, diced small
- 1 medium carrot, peeled into long noodle-like strips with a peeler
- 1 15 oz. can of full-fat coconut milk
- 2 scallions, diced
- 1 inch ginger, grated
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free tamari
- Juice of 1 lime
- Spiralize your zucchini, Peel your carrot, and dice your red bell pepper. Put into a large bowl.
- Put coconut milk, ginger, scallions, garlic, red pepper flakes, tamari and ginger in a large nonstick skillet
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and gently boil for 3-5 minutes to thicken slightly
- Toss your sauce with the zucchini, carrot, and bell pepper mix and sprinkle with lime juice. Put into individual bowls and serve!