Wednesday, February 15, 2012

valentine pad thai (raw vegan)

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valentine's day.. nothing is more heartwarming than a beautiful bouquet of flowers from your sweetheart, a lovely dinner for two.. and of course, let's not forget some kind of yummy chocolate dessert.. (all raw vegan style of course!)
but.. my sweetheart is in the uk, so we couldn't be together today.. i thought: hmm.. what should i make for dinner tonight then? so, in honour of our nyc/glasgow romancei thought pad thai... because he loves thai vegetable curry.. so pad thai?! well, that's good enough.. but really, i simply have been wanting to make this for a couple of days. i remember eating a raw vegan version of pad thai in santa cruz, california, about 6 or so years ago. it was quite good! a little nostalgia goes a long way.

so i gathered a few things from the market and made a little pad thai tonight. it was delicious. i only wish i haven't misplaced the battery pack for my little digicam for the photos. so i made do with my phone cam.(please excuse the quality of these pics)

i used my vegetable spiralizer that i have had for about 7 years for the first time(shame on me)- but now, i am addicted! i love this thing! (a vegetable spiralizer creates decorative ribbons out of veggies like zucchini, carrots, daikon radish, beets etc, etc. it creates 'noodles' for a starch free 'pasta'. 

fun 'noodles' made from the vegetable spiralizer

raw pad thai!
raw vegan pad thai for two(or a big bowl for one :p)
for this you will need a vegetable spiralizer and a vitamix(high speed blender) although any blender should do ok.
2 cups of "spiralized" daikon radish
1 cup of "spiralized" zucchini
1/2 cup of julienne cut red pepper
a few leaves of thinly cut dinosaur kale 
a handful of cilantro 
a handful thai basil leaves(i didn't have any so i left out)
2 strands of chopped scallion

for the sauce:
1 cup of coconut water 
2 big spoonfuls or 1/2 cup of raw almond butter
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of nama shoyu(unpasteurized soy sauce) or you can use tamari(use 1 teaspoon first, add a little more if needed)
1 tablespoon of mince ginger
1 tablespoon of jalapeno pepper
1 teaspoon of mince garlic
juice of 1 lime (you can add a little more to your liking)
a dash of cayenne pepper
a tiny, tiny bit of agave or raw honey
(let your taste buds do the judging- always use less first when adding savory, sweet and spicy ingredients. then adding more to your liking later)

blend all sauce ingredients together in blender.

mix with top ingredients.

your valentine's day raw vegan pad thai is ready!
(however, it really is a dish for any day.. because doing something special for someone you love should be every day).

lots of love,
sussanna xx

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