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Raw Rainbow Pad Thai

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Eat The Rainbow

Pad Thai has always been a favorite of my and Dusty's, but restaurant versions are typically laden with oil, over-salted, and too sweet, not to mention, they may not be gluten-free!

Our Raw Rainbow Pad Thai recipe incorporates all of the colors of the rainbow in the form of fresh, seasonal veggies! Enjoy this quick & simple, nutritious & delicious, plant-powered, indulgence for lunch or dinner in no time at home!

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Count Colors, Not Calories

Raw, living, whole, and pure foods are positively nourishing and life-giving! If there's one thing I learned since going plant-based, it's that you can eat to your heart's content! Rather than counting calories, you're free to focus instead on incorporating all of the colors of the rainbow into your diet!


Raise Your Vibration

If you're in the area, be sure to check out Nebraska's first annual yoga, music, and plant-based food festival: High Vibe Festival in Omaha at Stinson Park and Aksarben Village, put on by Lotus House of Yoga! Dusty and I are honored to have been invited to share our knowledge and passion for a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle in two separate talks!

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In the AM, we will be discussing Finding Balance, and doing the 3 things we all do every day, that we could be doing better: EatMoveRest. We plan to expand on the importance of bringing your best self every day, by finding balance and practicing self-love and self-care. Come with an appetite for a Pin-worthy Pad Thai food demo, and watch as we whip up our rad, Raw Rainbow Pad Thai *wink wink* and show you a few fun, food tricks to make a Pinterest-worthy, nutritious meal. Time will be allotted for a Q+A and group discussion on plant-based diet, fitness, and mindfulness.

In the afternoon, we will be covering The Art of Living Raw, where we plan to touch on the importance of incorporating an abundance of colorful, living, raw foods into your diet, as well as other aspects of living raw, like being authentic, transparent, true to yourself, honoring your soul, and listening to your intuition. Our afternoon talk will be accompanied by an Insta-smoothie Bowl demo & tasting, where we'll show you how to make delicious, Instagram-worthy, Açaí and Pitaya smoothie bowls!


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Raw Rainbow Pad Thai

There are more than enough colors in this epic, plant-powered recipe to get your body revved up and ready to live! Enjoy this noodle-y, Asian-inspired delight alongside some tofu for added protein, or sliced mango for a tropical twist!

vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, rainbow-licious

 

ingredients:

veggies

  • 1 medium zucchini, spiralized or julienned
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup frozen, shelled edamame, thawed
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

sauce

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or nama shoyu
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2.5 teaspoons pure maple syrup, agave (or other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

 

method:

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  1. Prep vegetables and add to large bowl and mix with hands.
  2. Place all ingredients for dressing in blender or mini processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour dressing into bowl with vegetables and mix thoroughly.
  4. Sprinkle with hemp seeds & sesame seeds and enjoy!

 

optional:

  • Add tofu for an extra kick of protein.
  • Add sliced mango for a tropical twist.
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Saturate Your Life

Feeling like you're in a slump? Eat the rainbow, brighten up your wardrobe, and add some color to your surroundings! Saturate your life for a quick and vibrant way to improve your energy, alertness, and happiness!

I hope you all enjoyed this recipe! Leave me a comment, let me know what you thought, and tell me how you plan to brighten up your life!

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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Raw Vegan Spaghetti With Savory Tomato Basil Sauce

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That's Amore!

A couple of weekends ago marked the last hurrah at the local farmer's market. I walked away with as many fruits and veggies as I could cram into my re-usable tote bags with the forty dollars cash I had on me. On the drive to the supermarket to fill in the gaps and get anything else I needed, I reached into my last local batch of cherry tomatoes and started to munch. I savored the sweet, juicy, burst of flavor that I knew could simply never be matched by any store-bought variety. It was a bittersweet delight, to say the least. 

When In Rome

I got to the store and grabbed all of my usual fruits and veggies, and went over to peak at the potted plants, in hopes that I could adopt an adorable new succulent, as I often do. A familiar aroma captured my immediate attention and delivered me to another place and time--they say that scent is the sense most closely tied to memory, and I believe it! In an instant I was back in Rome, seated outside a quaint, little Italian restaurant, marveling at the Spanish steps with my hubby, in newlywed bliss. My first meal abroad was most definitely going to be a classic angel hair pasta with fresh tomato basil sauce.

 No succulents today; a bright, leafy green basil plant had won me over, instead.

I like to think of all of my living plants as my friends, even whispering sweet nothings to them from time to time. As silly as it sounds, I think it does a world of good for the both of us! I was determined to get my new plant home and whip up a super-fresh--raw-vegan-fresh--classic spaghetti sauce with my farmer's market heirloom tomatoes, and top it off with my last helping of cherry tomatoes. 

Rawsta Pasta 

Whether or not wheat noodles or gluten are good or bad for you is of little importance to me, because either way, I prefer freshly spiralized zoodles! Zucchini noodles are highly versatile because of their mild flavor, and can be topped with almost any kind of sauce or dressing--plus, they're fun to make! If you don't already have one, I highly recommend picking up a spiralizer!

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Zucchini is low in calories and loaded with vitamin C, so enjoy it to your heart's content!

But What About The Parmesan?!

When I was transitioning to a whole food, plant-based diet, the toughest thing for me to give up was cheese. I had gotten so accustomed to eating veggie subs with provolone and topping literally every soup, stew, and pasta with parmesan. Enter: nutritional yeast, aka "nooch" in the vegan world--I like to think of it as the plant-eater's best kept secret, and weapon of mass nutrition! 

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated form of yeast and is a fantastic source of complete protein and B-complex vitamins, including B12. Most people, vegan or not, don't get enough vitamin B12, and nutritional yeast is a great cholesterol-free food source. Nooch can be sprinkled on top of virtually anything; it comes in a plastic container similar to parmesan and has a mild, nutty, cheesy flavor that works well in many vegan dishes that would otherwise call for cheese. If there's one thing you can do for your health--cut the dairy--it's acidifying and causes inflammation, and we simply don't need the empty calories and unhealthy fats!

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Raw Vegan Spaghetti With Savory Tomato Basil Sauce

If you're looking for a healthy dose of Italy, you're going to to love this gluten-free, totally raw version of spaghetti. Juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh basil, and garlic blend together to create a colorful and effortless twist on a classic tomato sauce, and "zoodles" make for a more nutritious and hydrating pasta...er, rawsta. Now that's amore! 

Raw, vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined-sugar-free, savory and classic

serves: 1 // time: 10 minutes

ingredients

  • 2-3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 small and 1 large zucchini, skinned
  • 12-15 sun-dried tomato pieces
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1 clove garlic
  • handful fresh basil
  • handful spinach
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • handful cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

method

  1. Place tomatoes, celery, 1 skinned zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, pitted date, garlic, and fresh basil in a high-speed blender or small food processor and blend until smooth, thick consistency is achieved.
  2. Use a spiralizer or julienne peeler to make zucchini noodles, or zoodles. Place spinach in bowl and put zoodles on top.
  3. Pour spaghetti sauce on top of zoodles and top with sunflower or pumpkin seeds, cherry or grape tomatoes, nutritional yeast, and a sprig of fresh basil. Grab a fork, and dig in!

notes

  • Try adding other veggies on top, like freshly diced bell peppers.
  • For maximum benefit, try to get sun-dried tomatoes that are oil-free and sodium-free. Tomatoes should be the only ingredient!
  • When your sauce is blended and you go to pour it on, it may look like a lot, but trust me, you can eat it all! This entire recipe only has 350-400 calories, which is the perfect light meal that should keep you feeling full but not sluggish and bloated.
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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | RAW VEGAN SPAGHETTI WITH SAVORY TOMATO BASIL SAUCE
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Erin

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