Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oodles of Raw Noodles

My title says it all - this post is dedicated to veggie noodles. I don't care for pasta, but I really love kelp noodles and enjoy them occasionally. Here are some recipes that I've been meaning to post for a while (meaning from the middle of summer - thats how behind I am, and a few recent ones).

I've done posts on kelp noodles before. If you'd like more raw vegan noodle recipes check out these ideas I've posted over the years:

Juliano's Cheezey Kelp Noodle
Simple Stir Live
Italian Sea Pasta
Nacho Noodles
Tomato Basil Pasta
Easy Cannelloni 
Asian Noodle Salad
Spaghetti with Sundried Tomato Sauce

I made a few great pasta dishes in the summer too. Alfredo noodles were a "must" for a friend who was visiting from out of town because they're her favorite.

Alfredo Sauce

1 1/4 cup cashews
3/4 cup water
1/4-1/3 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon himalayan salt
1 clove garlic
1 drop stevia

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Toss with zucchini or kelp noodles.

Spice It Up!

For a little variation, add chopped red bell pepper, tomato, fresh basil, chives, and parsley.

Creamy Ginger Kelp Noodles

Creamy noodles, crunchy veggies, and flavored seeds - the perfect combo for me. I like lots of textures in a dish. Dehydrating them for a while makes the noodles really soft and brings all the flavors together even more.

1 package kelp noodles
Veggies of your choice, sliced such as:
Baby bok choy
bell peppers
Chopped cashews, raw peanuts, or sunflower seeds

Creamy Miso Ginger Sauce

Here's another yummy sauce I made recently (I didn't get a pic), also for kelp noodles. It's creamy and coconutty which I love. Serve it over zucchini or kelp noodles with veggies.

1/4 cup raw sesame oil*
8 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons almond butter
3 tablespoons white miso
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice
3 drops stevia
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2-3" piece of ginger, peeled
1 small clove garlic
Cayenne, to taste

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy in a blender.

*not to be confused with toasted sesame oil which has a very strong taste. The extra virgin kind has a very neutral taste.

Creamy Pad Thai Sauce

3/4 cup coconut milk*
1/2 cup almond butter
4-5 teaspoons chopped ginger
1 tablespoon white miso
1 small clove garlic
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon tamari
1 drop stevia or 1/2 date
Jalapeno, red chili flakes, or Cayenne pepper, to taste

*Option 1: Blend young coconut pulp with it's water, making sure it's the consistency of thick cream. If there isn't much pulp you will need more pulp to thicken it up, or less of the water.

*Option 2: Blend 1/3 cup shredded coconut with 1 cup water in a high speed blender until smooth and then strain through a nut milk bag for a smooth milk.

*Option 3: Canned full fat coconut milk.

I made a few great pasta dishes in the summer too. Alfredo noodles were a "must" for a friend who was visiting from out of town because they're her favorite.

Pesto Noodles are always delicious! Here's a spinach basil pesto I made in the spring. Here's the original post with other recipes. In the summer I mixed it with zucchini noodles and tomato.

Spinach Basil Pesto

Packed with spinach and much lower in fat than most pestos, this is great over zucchini/kelp noodles, salad, crackers, or veggie sticks. 

2 1/2 cups packed spinach
3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
3 Tablespoons hemp seeds
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
2-3 Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 large clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

In a food processor, blend all ingredients into a paste. 
Taste, adjust salt.

Mac N' Cheeze

If you want the creamiest, cheeziest Mac N' Cheese, here's a great recipe which is adapted from Matthew Kenney's recipe. 

Cut the zucchini into long strips with a veggie peeler, and then stack and then slice it. 

1 cup cashews
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup water
4 teaspoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 very small clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. 
Toss with the noodles spread into a shallow dish. 
Add topping and dehydrate for 1-2 hours at 115F. 

Topping (optional):

Walnuts and a pinch of salt, chopped and spread over the noodles/sauce.

Creamy cheezey noodles, warm from the dehydrator. Mmm...

There you have it. Enjoy your noodles - raw vegan style! 


guavablossom said...

these look so yummy!! i have to go buy some kelp noodles now! :)

Jennifer said...

Everything looks so good! I think I will make the spinach basil pesto with kelp noodles this week!

kelli said...

the raw mac n' cheeze looks fab!=)

honeybnutrition said...

I LOVE your recipes so much I could cry. Thank you for this! Where does one get kelp noodles?

RawLeah said...

I'm not much of a fan of the kelp noodles... but that Mac & Cheeze looks scrumptous!

Bethanne said...

Every single one of these looks DIVINE! Wow.. so inspired to make oodles of noodles! Thanks!

Laurel Alanna McBrine said...

Heathy, how long do kelp noodles keep in the fridge?

I bought some and then sort of forgot about them :(

VeggieGirl said...

I must try kelp noodles!

i_amEatingRight said...

I just discovered kelp noodles and they've been a lifesaver while adjusting to a high raw diet. All of these recipes look delicious. Can't wait to try!

Elizabeth said...

This is wonderful that you are sharing so many amazing noodle recipes, thank you so much! I will definately try each and every one. The photos are beautiful by the way.
Peace and Raw Health,

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Wow, I have try the Matthew Kenney Mac n Cheeze! And the kelp noodles don't look quite so intimidating when covered with alfredo sauce ... :)

Iona said...

Thanks for sharing, I've recommended your blog today. Fabulous ideas. xox

Pure2raw Twins said...

Delicious!!!! Everything looks amazing. I would love it all!!! We love kelp noodles!!! Our favorite :)

The Twins

Lauren said...

I am not a big fan of raw noodles, but your recipes def. make me want to be! :) Looks great Heathy! I hope you have a wonderful holiday! XO

valen said...

All of these look fantastic! I have tried kelp noodles before and prepared them a few different ways and I never cared for the taste or texture, but I think I will try them again.

Sheila Bocchine, photographer said...

oh wow! mac and cheese, yes please!! i'm making this week!

truth_inBeauty said...

Oh My! I just tried the Spinach Basil Pesto and it was Phenomenol!
It reminded me of being in a restaurant back in the day, and eating a meal of pasta...(well, this was better!)
Seriously, it was great.
THANKS! I'm going to try the Mac and Cheeze next now... :)

Lori said...

Wow. ALL of these dishes look incredible! Why did I not see them yesterday when I had kelp noodles??? Yours look amazingly delicious!

Tammy said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe! Had it for lunch and even the non-raw food hubby liked it!

Angie said...

Sorry, commenting on an old post, but I just made the Mac n Cheese and it is divine!