September 9, 2009

Kristen Rawks

I would like to dedicate this short-but-sweet post to a recipe I've been meaning to try for a while: Savory Garden Veggie Pasta by Kristen of Kristen's Raw (a very reliable raw recipe source!).

You'll gather by the amount of pictures here that this dish totally rawks (cheap pun, deal with it). I even kinda messed it up and it was still good!

It's essentially marinated raw veggies (I used carrots, red and yellow bell peppers and mushrooms) over spiralized zucchini. The marinade is super-delicious, but as you can see, I went a little overboard with my food processor and nearly turned my veggies into sauce! Oh well, tastes the same. Noted to chop ingredients by hand next time.

I topped 'er off with grape tomatoes, torn fresh basil, fresh ground pepper and Vegan Italian Spice Parmesan. I found the recipe via HEAB and am so glad I tried it! It's a delicious, salty, zesty non-dairy addition to pretty much anything, which is exactly how I intend to use it. :) Incidentally, I spotted the original product (Parma) on the health food store's shelf today for $9, so considering I made my own for about half the price (with full control of seasonings, no less), I'm pretty pleased with myself, a'thankyou!

My veggies only had 45 minutes or so of marination prior to me giving into my raging hunger, but I enjoyed every bite. Still, I'm even more excited to have the leftovers for lunch for the next two days once the marination progresses even more!

Consider this my official endorsement of Kristen's recipe. Go make it.

And now for a brief, but necessary rant. I was so enamored of my first fresh young coconut-cracking experience that I've been dreaming ever since of the coconut water I tasted through a straw, straight from the coconut itself. It was the most incredible thing!

So naturally, when I read on VitaCoco's label that their coconut water is "like sticking a straw into a coconut, I swooned and dropped $2 at the chance to relive my first taste of hand-cracked coconut, minus hand-cracking.

Denied. The stuff tastes like grape juice and that's all there is to it. No, I didn't buy the flavored kind; this box contained only "100% coconut water." Of death! Coconut water of death! Never again, my friends. I will do the heavy cleaver lifting and extract my own coconut water from now on, thank you very much. Not to get all Ben Franklin on you, but the whole damn coconut doesn't cost much more than this stupid box of death, and for that you get the meat too.

VitaCoco, you can go bite-a-coco.


emily said...

I am with you on the cost/worth thing but for times of convenience give them a try again, I am convinced that you got a bad box! Vita Coco is one of my favorite things ever (and I've had fresh coconut several times)

Gina said...

haha, thanks for the coconut water heads up!

VeggieGirl said...

LOVE Kristen's recipes!!

I'm not a big coconut water drinker either - sorry you had to endure that!!

Olga said...

Yeah, I also totally don't like the taste of that water! I remember getting a young coconut at Coney Island at a show and THAT was amazing.

Lizzy said...

this pasta dish looks amazing! there is nothing i like more then fresh veggies in my pasta! those toms make it look so pretty! :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

I just made coconut milk & coconut water kefir and blogged about it today. I use the O.N.E. brand of coco water, from WF or most other HFS's will have it. I prefer it to the one you weren't thrilled with.

I am mentally filing away this post of yours; i have a spiralizer on order and it should be here Friday and then..let the raw marinara magic begin :) I can't wait to try your/Kristin's/Gena's recipes!

Kristen's Raw said...

I just had that recipe this week! My husband and I LOVE it.

Thanks for the love. :)

Cheers XOXO,

Anonymous said...

sounds like a delish raw pasta dish~ :)

Anonymous said...

i had the same experience with vita coco. i read the box like 30 times to make sure there was nothing added. to me, it tastes nothing like coconut water straight from the source! (even with my source being old brown coconuts instead of young thai ones)

Gena said...

Kristen definitely rocks -- in her cookbooks and in person!