Posts tagged ‘sauce’

Good ol’ Italian!

Que pasa amigos?  Sorry I’ve been almost nonexistent this past week!  It’s been one of those craaazy weeks, I’ve had something literally every night – including tonight actually!  My big sis and I met after work for a super intense spinning class at Equinox followed by dinner at the lovely Candle Café.  Vegan gourmet my friends… it’s one of those places where Omnis and Veg-heads alike can enter gustatory heaven.  However, as I don’t normally travel to the gym with my camera I don’t have any pics to show you L  Wait, don’t leave – how about I share my dinner from Wednesday night instead??  

Wednesday I got home a bit late because I had an organizing meeting for a non-profit that is very dear to me.  It’s called PowerPlay NYC.  It’s a really wonderful organization that educates and empowers girls through sports and life skills/nutrition workshops throughout the five boroughs of NYC, with a special concentration on low-income and underserved communities.  However, this organization deserves it’s own post, so more on that plus volunteer opportunities later – on to the eats!

I had little time for cooking, so a raw dinner had major appeal last night.  I had some zucchinis lying about which I quickly spiralized and then topped with some homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce!  I had some stovetop popcorn popped in olive oil on the side because I was in the mood for something light to eat while I watched my beloved Yankees (tear that Melky is gone…).  This is a wonderful recipe and really a blank canvas for adding in your own additions.

Fresh Tomato Sauce (makes 1-2 servings depending on appetite)

  • 2 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 6 sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 dried red chilis
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch (about ¼ cup) fresh basil, julienned
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

I threw the fresh and sundried tomatoes, garlic and chili peppers into Vinny (my Vita Mix) and blended on low until I had a well-combined, but not completely smooth sauce.  I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t eating any chunks of garlic!  Then I added in the basil leaves, salt & pepper to taste and blended a few seconds longer.

The result – a light, yet very flavorful summer tomato sauce.  The sundried tomatoes really add a nice dept to the overall taste and the peppers add just a little underlying spice, but don’t actually create any heat so the sauce isn’t overpowered. You could really mix it up though – add some nuts or nut milk for a creamier sauce, add some fresh oregano, thyme, onions, etc.  It might also be nice with some spinach & fresh lemon added in at the end.  Experiment & enjoy!

April 8, 2010 at 9:03 pm 2 comments

A spiralized delight!

I just got my brand new Joyce Chen spiralizer and I was literally skipping home from the post office thinking of all the meals I couldn’t wait to try with this.  I don’t normally like zucchini, but I remember my mom making a raw pesto growing up out of walnuts, basil, zucchini, garlic and olive oil which I used to love, so I figured raw spaghetti might not taste quite so squash-y with the right sauce.  Man was I right!!  Need proof?  

I made Natalia Rose’s Amazing Raw “Peanut” Sauce.  With sauces like this, who needs a stove?!  This sauce was so rich, creamy and decadent – and didn’t contain a single peanut!  It really reminded me of a Pad Thai sauce.  I actually ended up adding more water to this and more chili peppers because I like my foods with a little spice 😉  I served this over raw zucchini noodles along with julienned carrots, red cabbage and broccoli (which I lightly blanched).

Amazing Raw “Peanut” Sauce by Natalia Rose (makes a little over 1 cup)

  • 1/2 c. raw almond butter  
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 dried red chilis (seen here)

Blend all ingredients in the Vita Mix until smooth, adding more water as needed to thin and Voila!

March 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm 9 comments



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