Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad

Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad | Recipe Makeover | Vegan

Oh boy, I think I just created a new weekly staple. This Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad will not only leave you satisfied but it will have your taste buds jumping for joy! There are so many different flavors and textures; it's like a party in your mouth. Ok, yeah, that sounds a little weird, but I'm totally serious. There is a little peppery flavor, some hot spice, a little sweet, tons of different herbs, toasted oils and nuts and a touch of salt all combined with the fresh crunchy flavorful cabbage, carrots and greens. 

Chinese Chicken Salad | Vegan Recipe Makeover
Chinese "Chicken" Salad | Vegan Recipe Makeover | Detox Friendly!  #puremamas #purekitchen

This recipe not only tastes delicious but is easy to make - takes only 15-20 minutes max - and requires not cooking. I love Tofurkey's vegan oven roasted "chicken" that my local health food stores sells. The texture is like chicken but the flavor is better (of course), the ingredients are pretty clean and there's tons of protein. This healthy vegan Chinese "Chicken" Salad is filling and would be a great pot luck dish. 

Fresh & Tangy, this Chinese Chicken Salad will knock your socks off and have you coming back for seconds! It's a perfect New Year's Resolution Detox meal! enjoy this delicious Recipe.
Recipe Makeover: Chinese "Chicken" Salad Recipe now vegan! Enjoy! #puremamas #purekitchen

I have so many friends on a detox right now after the indulgent holiday! If that's the case for you as well, you need to make my healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad recipe! It is guilt-free, high in fiber, high in protein and healthy fats but also abundant in antioxidant rich veggies. The dressing combines fresh ginger, lemon and garlic (great for cold prevention) with almond butter and toasted sesame oil. What are you waiting for - grab these ingredients while you're at the store and make this salad - you'll be so happy you listened to me! (wink)

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Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad
The Chinese Chicken Salad has a fresh new look and feel: no real chicken meat in this recipe; just tons of veggies and mock chicken protein. You'll love the tangy yet toasted flavor with the crunchy raw vegetables.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup, finely sliced or grated purple cabbage
  • 1 cup, finely sliced or grated green cabbage
  • 3, julienned carrots
  • 2 cups other greens of choice (i.e. romaine or arugula)
  • 2 thinly sliced and chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup, chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup, chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup, shredded or chopped (I use Tofurkey Brand) "chicken"
  • 2, finely chopped green onion (scallions)
  • 3 Tbsp toasted almonds or peanuts
Instructions
Prep veggies by chopping, slicing and shredding. Add to a large salad bowl. Toss well. Add chicken and nuts, then toss again. Dress the salad when ready to serve. Toss well. Serve immediately.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3 dinner salads
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Chinese "Chicken" Salad Dressing
This dressing is so tangy, not too sweet, and a touch spicy! Makes a perfect dressing for any Asian style salad.
Ingredients
  • 3 cloves, minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp, grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 3 Tbsp tamari
  • 3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp (or to taste) honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes or tabasco
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
Instructions
Place everything in a high speed blender or large measuring cup. Whisk until completely well combined or blend on medium until well combined. Dress the salad when ready to serve. Toss well. Serve immediately.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: dressing for 1 large salad

Zucchini Pasta with Olive Tapenade

I'm over at the Honest Company again this week, guest blogging! Today I'm featuring one of my latest favorites - an olive tapenade over zucchini noodles. It's amazing! (I got the idea from chef perkunas food delivery! He makes one that is to die for. It's different but has lots of green olives. YUM and I'm obsessed. Try it!) 

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This dinner or lunch salad is so unique and full of flavor. The combination of flavors is unlike what you have ever tasted. 

This Zucchini Pasta with Olive Tapenade recipe is a must-try! 

For full recipe and photos, go to the Honest Company blog!

 

How Sweet It Is

Cravings. Especially comfort foods cravings. They intrigue me. And most often, DECEIVE me. 

I don't often get REALLY hungry. I don't do rigorous workouts for the most part, so my hunger is steady. But lately, I've been playing tennis {boy am I competitive} and routinely deep cleaning my house.

And when I'm extremely hungry I crave big meals. Since I haven't eaten meat in quite a long time I don't crave that. But home cooked pasta or a big cheese sandwich. Something that, in my mind, sounds like it will do the job. 

But when/if I ever do give into those cravings I find myself feeling bloated, full and just not very good. 

One of the hardest things about going raw vegan or just eating less junk or meat or starch or fried foods is the intense CRAVING for these so called comfort foods. In the beginning these cravings are actually psychological. Meaning, you're associating a feeling of being satiated with these foods. This is especially common for those who consistently haven't eaten much healthy food.

Another obstical, again psychological, is the need for meat or cheese for added "protein". You really don't need to add these animal products for protein or for flavor. 

So, next time you're STARVING -- as hard as this is going to be -- fill and entire bowl with ORGANIC greens. Kale would be a great one. I did wild arugula with red butter lettuce. Top this with olive oil, sea salt and all the goodies mentioned below. 

If you aren't feeling "full" enough, make a second salad or add more greens and nuts. 

Believe me, you'll not only be completely satisfied but you won't be bloated, overly full, with a really bad taste in your mouth and guilt on your conscience. You'll feel clean, alive, and ready to be active again. 

Oh, how SWEET and SIMPLE life can be!

SIMPLE GREEN SALAD

 
3-4c chopped organic greens
4 Tbls sunflower seeds
10 raw walnuts
1/4c raisins
2-3 Tbls olive oil
pinch sea salt
handful kale chip crumbs {if you ever buy or make kale chips, SAVE the crumbs in a bag in the fridge}
 

Toss salad in large bowl. 

Enjoy!