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Hey Fellow Rehabbers, it’s me Michelle K. Penni has asked me to help out with some of the upcoming episodes of Foodie Friday, just to spice things up a little - so I'm really excited to share some recipes with you all!

I am also jazzed because it is Chinese New Year - Gung Hay Fa Choy. Someone always asks me why I love Chinese New Year so much and the reason is kind of sentimental. Our very close family friends back where we used to live had a fabulous annual Chinese New Year party. My girlfriend’s husband is from Taiwan, he was in charge of the food. Yum! He always brought in a huge tray of sushi and veggie rolls along with all the other yummy Chinese food. Our kids were all best friends and we miss them very much. This year I decided to make our own little party and although we will not have firecrackers, red envelopes and our dear old friends, we will have yummy Raw food! So that is my inspiration for today's menu:

 

Apple Ginger Cocktail and Nori rolls two ways with Thai Salad Dressing from Penni’s book, Raw Food Cleanse.

A lot of us here at the hab are turning our Raw Food efforts up a few notches this month with either a cleanse or working really strongly to wean off some behaviors that are keeping us down. These recipes are a perfect addition to your raw food arsenal. Besides being totally raw, they are mineral and vitamin rich, super low in calorie, easy and delicious. It is easy to fall into the heavy nut and avocado recipes, this is a really clean dish that you can feel really good about eating more of. I feel that it is really important not overwhelm yourself either. I prepped my veggies and other ingredients throughout the day while I was doing other things, so when it was time for me to assemble it was really a breeze. Enjoy!

For the Apple Ginger juice I used:
2 Granny Smith apples and a
2” piece of ginger.
Ran it through the juicer and strained into a martini glass.

For the Nori Rolls you will need:
Raw Nori sheets
Cauliflower
Parsnip
Carrots
Sprouts
Green onions
Melon
Zuchini
Or whatever you want to put in them!

Thai Salad Dressing from Raw Food Cleanse:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red chile, de-seeded and minced (wear protection)
1 Tablespoon namu shoyu
Juice of ½ lime (about 1 Tablespoon)
2 teaspoons agave nectar
1 Tablespoon pineapple juice (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a blender until creamy.

 

Note: It's Penni here : ) Please be sure to check out all of Michelle K's videos in our Culinary Center:  Collection One & Two!

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Love you Michelle! : )  Fun as always!
What a fun personality.  I will make this recipe.  I am always looking for dressings that are not loaded with oil!  Nicely done video.
Looks lovely ;o)
She made it look so easy.  My sushi always falls apart when I slice it, and ends up becoming a "sushi salad" (LOL).  I guess I need to practice!  Can't wait.  :)
Yummmmy!!!!  Your my go to chef for Chinese goodness, lol.  I'm **loving** your spring rolls and not fried rice lately :) 
Cyndi

Great video. Looks fantastic and you made it look so easy to prepare! Thanks Michelle.

Looks great, Michelle.  Thank you.  :)

 

A few comments:

 

Vitamix makes a smaller carafe and it is invaluable for making smaller things like dressings.  It's a great investment.  I use mine almost every day.

 

To make the cauliflower rice more like sushi rice, I add some rice wine vinegar and honey along with a pinch of sea salt.

 

For rolling up sushi rolls, I recommend a bamboo mat.  They are very inexpensive and makes rolling sushi a breeze.

 

Thanks again!

 

~Jennifer~

 

Great video! It looks yummy!

I just thought of a question. In the Grocery store were would the Nori sheets be located?  I have a pretty good store I use but the only thing they keep separated is the organic produce from the regular. So if its not in the produce section it would be in with the regular stuff. I learned that with Nama Shoyu. They use to keep it separated (organic vs regular) but they no longer do. Its just got massive with all the stuff.

Terry - you'll likely find Nori sheets (and all other sea vegetables) in the Asian section of the grocery store.  If you have an Asian market near you, you'll likely find a much larger selection!

Terry said:

I just thought of a question. In the Grocery store were would the Nori sheets be located?  I have a pretty good store I use but the only thing they keep separated is the organic produce from the regular. So if its not in the produce section it would be in with the regular stuff. I learned that with Nama Shoyu. They use to keep it separated (organic vs regular) but they no longer do. Its just got massive with all the stuff.

Alright, Thanks Penni! I will look.  Your the best!

Penni said:
Terry - you'll likely find Nori sheets (and all other sea vegetables) in the Asian section of the grocery store.  If you have an Asian market near you, you'll likely find a much larger selection!

Terry said:

I just thought of a question. In the Grocery store were would the Nori sheets be located?  I have a pretty good store I use but the only thing they keep separated is the organic produce from the regular. So if its not in the produce section it would be in with the regular stuff. I learned that with Nama Shoyu. They use to keep it separated (organic vs regular) but they no longer do. Its just got massive with all the stuff.

Looks great Michelle! Love your videos <3

I've made this dressing before and it's really yummy!

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