Raw “Nachos”

This dish has a creamy cheese sauce and sun-dried tomato sauce made from cashews. It also has marinated onions, sprouted lentils, and beets as chips. Raw food has full flavor, and full amounts of nutrients. The feeling of eating an entirely raw, extremely healthy, and filling meal is seriously like  no other. There are so many ways to experiment with raw foods and the flavors and textures they offer.

Nacho recipe:

Beets

Kale

Sprouted Lentils

Marinated onions

cilantro

lemon

avocado
Slice the beets very thin. You want them to be the chips in your nachos. Nice thin and crunchy beets add flavor and all the added benefits of beets. See all additional recipes below for the other ingredients. Layer the desired amount of beets, kale, lentils, avocado, and onions and then drizzle with both sauces and add desired amount of lemon juice and cilantro. Add any other veggies you’d like! Mushrooms, pickles, jalepenos, or carrot would all be great additions.

Cheeze sauce (bulk recipe):

1 cup cashews

1 cup water

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

few dashes of dried basil

few dashes of cayenne

dash of salt

Blend all the ingredients together until the sauce has a smooth and creamy consistency. I love a simple cashew based cheese sauce. The base is simply cashews, water and olive oil. A little bit of herbs and spices adds a little more flavor. I like to add a little bit of sriracha to mine as well, I love spiciness. You’ll have plenty of this leftover to spread on sandwiches, put on raw noodles, use as a dip or a salad dressing and etc.

Sun-dried tomato sauce:

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp oil

few dashes of cayenne

1 tsp nutritional yeast

dash of salt

1 tsp white miso

1 tsp maple syrup

1 tbsp onion

2 – 3 sun-dried tomato

up to 2 cups water

Add half the water and the rest of the ingredients except sun-dried tomato in blender and blend until smooth. Add each sun-dried tomato one by one and taste until it’s to your liking. Too much sun-dried tomato can make it too strong so go one by one to make sure it tastes good to you. Add the rest of the water as needed. You’ll have some leftover of this sauce too for  another batch of nachos and etc.

Marinated onions:

Red onion

White onion

1 tsp braggs liquid aminos

1 tsp coconut aminos

1 tsp maple syrup

Cut rings off of both the red and white onion. It’s up to you how much you want, I only did a little bit but if you love onions and if you want to add extra spiciness, add more onion. If you don’t have coconut aminos, that’s fine. Add a little bit more braggs or maple syrup or both. Put the onion in a bowl with the liquid and let sit while you prepare the rest, at least ten minutes.

Sprouted lentils:

You need to prepare ahead of time for this. To sprout lentils, take the desired amount and place in a bowl of water for at least 7 hours. After soaking, leave in a colander overnight or at least 8 hours. Soon enough the lentils will start to sprout. Full sprouting time is around 3 days but lentils will start to sprout after about one day. After they’re done sprouting, keep in the fridge to keep them fresh. I used mine after the first day of sprouting.

There is a lot of flavor in this dish so it wasn’t hard for me to sit down and enjoy it slowly. I tend to usually eat quite fast, so it was nice to be able to take my time without even trying. I’m still rather new to raw food but I’m continually taking classes and learning and looking at recipes!

Vegan Shopping Guide Part I

For any committed vegan, buying cruelty free products is a must. Clothes and makeup and skin care are all important to have been made cruelty free. No leather, no fur, no wool, no animal by products. Some may argue that synthetic materials are more damaging to the environment, but this is certainly not true. Raising animals for leather and fur and wool and feathers and etc will always be more damaging. The amount of food needed for these animals is significantly large. Also, livestock run off is one of the main causes of eutrophication or “dead” spots in bodies of water. Leather and other similar products are their own business, the leather doesn’t come from animals already killed and used for meat or the like as some may like to think. Be educated on what you put on your body and in your body!

Here are some wonderful websites and stores to fill all your vegan shopping needs:

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1. LUSH is great. They have natural face cleansers, body wash, deodorant, henna hair dye, makeup, perfume and more. They list all the ingredients and give information on them on the product description page. Lush is awesome, however, some products do contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and things like that but most of them don’t. Just check out the ingredients and read the reviews and find out what works for you! They have a lot of great smelling products and just overall good quality products. Another thing that’s cool is they put a sticker of the person’s face who made your product and it says “so and so made this on 1/1/12 and gives you a date of when the product is fresh until. They offer a bunch of vegan options and product labeled with V means they’re vegan. They also do not test on animals and have done campaigns against animal testing.

2. Yes To is another great skincare brand! They use natural ingredients and also do not test on animals. They have face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen, lip balm, and different products for different types of skin. My favorite is “soothing” cucumber. I’ve used several different cleansers and moisturizers from Yes To and I always loved how fresh they felt and how subtle and clean they smelled!

3. Vegan Cuts is cool because it’s a website with awesome deals on all sorts of vegan products: food, shoes, clothes, skin care, tea, you name it. I’ve gotten several cool things from vegan cuts like berryplus laundry detergent, a shirt from compassion co. and even a 14 day detox kit that was more than half off.  They have different deals often and all the products are great. They also have a points system where you get a referral link and the more people that sign up through your link, the more points you earn towards the shop.

4. Lulu’s vegan shoe section is pretty cool. A lot of online shoe stores are starting to offer sections completely dedicated to vegan shoes, Lulu’s is one of them. They have boots, flats, heels, all the shoes you could need. The shoes pictured above are Rocket Dog Timber Chocolate Brown Faux Fur-Trimmed Boots and they’re super cute and perfect for winter!

5. Another brand that offers vegan shoes is Saucony. If you’re looking for some great vegan workout or running shoes, look to Saucony. They get awesome reviews about how comfortable they are and they have options for both men and women. All the color choices are great and not only are they cruelty free but they  look super cool.

6. Mooshoes is a store dedicated to vegetarian shoes but also has  belts, wallets, and clothing too. Mooshoes has a variety of both men and women’s shoes and offer a bunch of different brands and styles of shoes to choose from. The shoes pictured above are Case Boot in Brown From Big Buddha and are great boots to match with any outfit.

I’ll add some more sites to this vegan shopping list sometime soon with more clothes and beauty products and also sites with food too! Let me know if you have any great vegan shopping guides, websites, stores or products that you think should be featured!