Friday, May 26, 2017

Your Guide to a Raw Memorial Day Weekend!


Natural Zing Salad Trio
We have put together a great raw guide to celebrating a healthy & happy memorial day weekend! Enjoy!....
Now is the season for fresh fruits & vegetables to be harvested - create salads with whatever organic vegetables are in season (right now it's strawberries, spinach, & swiss chard),  & available at your local farmers market or even in your own garden. We created a trio of fresh salads with such simple & delicious dressings as lemon juice, Bariani Olive Oil, & sea salt.  Try substituting the olive oil for other kinds of oils such as hemp seed oil - which has a delicious nutty flavor & is great on any salad. The arugula, sprouts & veggies are all grown on the Natural Zing farm!

Or use them in your favorite juice concoctions. Try to start each morning with a green juice or smoothie for an alkalized treat. Can also experiment adding any of our fruit, nut, protein, plant or algae powders for extra nourishment!

Another great idea for a sweet treat is an iced Rawchoclatl . Add this delicious mix to your favorite nut milk over ice and enjoy the spicy twist on an iced cacao drink! Can also blend if you prefer more of a chocolate spice smoothie. These can also be frozen and enjoyed as pops while you're laying poolside - and enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend.

The sandwich that goes well with any long weekend - One of the best tasting we've found is The Big Matt with Cheese as featured in Rawvolution by Matt Amsden.

BIG MATT W/CHEESE
•½ tablespoon of Ketchup (see recipe below)
•2 to 3 leaves of a lettuce of your choice
•One 4 ¾ inch square piece of Onion Bread (see recipe below) cut diagonally into two triangles
•1 thin slice of yellow onion
•1 tablespoon Sunflower Seed Cheese (see recipe below)
•1 burger patty (see recipe below)
•5 to 6 slices of raw, organic pickles
•2 thick tomato slices
•½ tablespoon stone-ground mustard
Spread the Ketchup and mustard on separate pieces on the Onion Bread then, stack the remaining ingredients in between.
KETCHUP
I used to work in the town where a well-known brand of ketchup is made. It smelled so rank, I vowed never to eat ketchup again. Then; I came up with this recipe.
•¾ cup blended tomato
•⅛ cup Nama Shoyu or Tamari
•⅛ cup agave nectar
•2 to 3 garlic cloves, peeled
•1 to 1 ½ cups sun-dried tomatoes
In a high-speed blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
RAWVOLUTION’S FAMOUS ONION BREAD

A delicious, soft flat bread that you won’t believe is made using only five ingredients.
•1 large yellow onion
•2 cups ground flax
2 cups ground sunflower seeds
3/4 cup Nama Shoyu or Tamari
3/4 cups olive oil
Peel and halve the onions. In a food processor, cut the onions using the slicing blade. Transfer the cut onions to a mixing bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and mix until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Evenly spread 1 ½ cup of the mixture on a dehydrator tray with a Teflex sheet. Dehydrate at 100° for 36 hours, removing the Teflex sheet after the first 24 hours. Once dehydrated, cut into 9 equal pieces (2 cuts horizontally; 2 cuts vertically.)
SUNFLOWER SEED CHEESE

A thick, spreadable cheese that is as versatile as it is tasty.
•½ cup fresh lemon juice
•½ cup Nama Shoyu or Tamari
•4-5 garlic cloves, peeled
•2 ¾ cups very finely ground sunflower seeds
In a high-speed blender, combine all of the ingredients, adding the sunflower seeds last. Thoroughly blend, until the resulting cheese is smooth and uniform.
BURGER PATTY

•1 ½ cups soaked almonds (3 to 4 hours)
•1 ½ cups soaked walnuts (3 to 4 hours)
•1 ½ cups soaked sunflower seeds (3 to 4 hours)
•2 ½ cups chopped Portobello mushrooms marinated lightly in Nama Shoyu or Tamari.
•1 diced yellow onion
3 cups chopped celery
½ bunch chopped parsley, stems removed
10 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
⅛ cup whole cumin seed
1 cup Nama Shoyu or Tamari
½ bunch chopped tarragon, stems removed
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Form the mixture by hand into round patties approximately ½-inch thick and 2 ¾-inches in diameter.

Assorted salads like the one featured in Natalia's Pure Pleasures are an ultimate crowd pleaser! We liked her Rainbow Slaw with Chipotle Mayo. Here's what she had to say about it below:

Rainbow Slaw with Chipotle Mayo

I love any version of a cole slaw. This one combines a rainbow of fresh veggies to nourish all of your chakras. The mayo has a mild heat to suit a sensitive palate like mine, so feel free to add more chipotle for those who like a real kick! Serves 8.
  
Chipotle Mayo

1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked 4-6 hours, drained, rinsed
•3/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil
•1/3 cup pure water
•1/4 cup lime juice
•3 cloves of garlic
•1 teaspoon ground chipotle
•1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
•1 teaspoon cumin
•1/2 teaspoon coriander

Place all ingredients except olive oil in a high-speed blender. Blend until creamy. Add the olive oil last with the blender running until just combined.
 
Rainbow Slaw

•5 cups finely shredded cabbage
•11/2 cups shredded carrot
•1 cup red & yellow bell pepper, julienned
•3/4 cup red onion, cut into very thin strips
•1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves, well packed

Toss all of your veggies in a very large bowl. Pour the mayo over the slaw & mix very well! Enjoy!

Quinoa Tabbouleh as featured in Ani's Raw Food Essentials

Makes 2 cups.

Tabbouleh
•1/2 cup sprouted Quinoa
•1/2 cup diced cucumber
•2 green sliced onions
•1/2 cup seeded & finely diced red bell pepper
•1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
•1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Dressing
•2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
•2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
•1/4 teaspoon sea salt

To make the tabbouleh, place all the tabbouleh ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well. To make the dressing, whisk together all the dressing ingredients. Set aside. To serve, divide among four serving bowls, & serve with a side of dressing.

Enjoy the recipes & have a rawsome holiday weekend with friends &; family! Love, Natural Zing.







Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Goji Mango Smoothie

This delicious smoothie combines the wonderful sweet and thick creaminess of mango and the tangy vibrancy of goji berries.   A tropical smoothie with the benefits of a powerful superfruit known for longevity.

Goji Mango Smoothie

3/4 C. Mango (I prefer using Natural Zing Dried Mango and soaking it for 1 hr to get it soft...use 2 to 3 slices)
1 Banana (I prefer frozen).
1/2 C. Goji Berries (I prefer to soak them for 1 hr.)
2 Tbs. Sunflower Protein Powder
1/4 tsp. Camu Camu Powder

Put all ingredient in a high speed blender.  Add filtered water up to the 24 oz mark then blend.  Add ice as need to thicken.

Note: Using Raw Almond Milk instead of water makes it even more creamy and increases the protein level.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Summertime Superfruit Sun-Tea with Pukka Tea

There's nothing better than a cup of iced tea on a hot summer day. Sun tea uses minimal equipment and creates a large pitcher of tea using only tea bags, water and sun. So easy right? My favorite part is being able to watch the tea start as a pale yellow and turn into a beautiful amber with only a few hours of the sun shining down on it. Knowing that only natural ingredients and energy were used in the process feels so gratifying. 

So let's get started. Here's what you will need:

Large Glass Pitcher or Jug 
Sterilize your jar by washing thoroughly with soap and water. Making sun tea provides an ideal situation for bacteria growth, so this step is very important!

Water
Filtered water is preferred.

Tea bags
Use your favorite tea, there is no right or wrong with sun tea. Black or Rooibos tea always works well with sun tea. If you want to try something more fruity use a combination of orange pekoe and berry or peach-flavored teabags for brighter flavor. Pukka Tea has some really great options for sun tea. Their Morning Time tea are fantastic. We really like using Pukka Refresh Tea.

Sun 
Find a nice sunny spot to place the glass pitcher for a few hours.

Optional for lemon or herb infused tea: 
Cut up slices of lemon or cut a few sprigs of mint, basil (would go good with raspberry or strawberry tea) or even rosemary.

Some like it Sweet:
Once tea is finished you can add your favorite natural sweetener. For example coconut crystals, coconut nectar, honey or stevia. We like to use fruit to sweeten our tea such as Mulberries, Goji Berries or Incan Berries. I would suggest adding the dried fruit to each cup and not the whole pitcher. This will keep the fruit from getting too soggy making it better to eat once you've finished your cup.


What to do:

1. Fill your large glass pitcher or jug with filtered water. 

2. Place 3-6 tea bags (depending on the size of pitcher) into your pitcher full of water. 

3. Optional: add lemon or herbs.

4. Cover and set your sun tea in direct sunlight for about 3 hours but no more than 5 hours. The higher the temperature and brighter the sun the faster your tea will be done.

5. After a few hours check on your tea. The darker the color, the stronger the tea will be.

Once your tea has reached its desired strength, bring the pitcher inside and remove the tea bags. Add your sweetener or fruit and refrigerate. Pour over ice and enjoy. You can store your tea in the fridge for about 3-5 days.


 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Raw Vegan Creamed Spinach Salad

Harvest time for fresh greens.  Today I am featuring spinach.  When the spinach comes in you get a lot all at once.  So what I do is I start coming up with recipes.  My latest is Creamed Spinach Salad.  I use fresh raw spinach and make a cashew garlic lemon sauce.  It is good.  I made this last Friday evening for sides at my vegetarian cafe and we sold out of in in one day.   For the locals in Maryland....don't worry I am planning to make more this Friday and another batch next week. 

Recipe:
1 lb of baby spinach
2 cup Natural Zing Raw Cashews (soaked for 4 hrs)
2 cloves garlic
2 lemon juiced
1 table spoon of Natural Zing Agave Nectar
1/3 cup Olive Oil, Raw
1/2 cup of water add if needed for smooth texture.
1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt

Wash the fresh spinach carefully.  Make sure to be gently yet thoroughly clean them ideally with a salad spinner.  Put spinach in a large mixing bowl.

Blend all ingredients except the spinach in a in a food processor or high speed blender.  Blend/Mix until smooth.  Pour over the spinach and mix with large spoon or with your hands until the sauce is spread evenly over the spinach.

Great additions:  Add a little shredded carrot for color.

Other options:  This sauce is great with a little pepper added black or Cayenne.  Sauce is also great on collards.  Chop up the raw collards into strips like flat noodles and mix like the spinach.

Recipe and article by Helen Rose, Raw Chef, & Co-Owner of Superfoods on Main.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Peruvian Olvies Back in Stock ....NEW HARVEST!

Customers' Favorite...Voted Best Olive Since 2007!   The new harvest has just arrived.  These jumbo ripe raw organic Botija olives (sometimes called "botilla" olives) from Peru have been dried at low temperatures (below 110 degrees farenheit), pitted and cured with a touch of sea salt. All the natural oil of the olive is intact, very juicy. This is a premium olive grown on the coastal desert plains of southern Peru. Ecologically cultivated, hand-picked & packed with extraordinary care. These delicious naturally cured Botija "botilla" olives will complement almost all of your culinary creations.  Peruvian Botija 
"botilla" Olives .

Peruvian Sun-dried Olives Pitted with Sea Salt
Peruvian Sun-dried Olives Pitted with Herbs & Sea Salt
Peruvian Sun-dried Olives Pitted with Aji Pepper & Sea Salt

Peruvian Unsalted with Pitts in Jar.
Peruvian Botija Purple Olives
Peruvian Botija Jumbo Spiced

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Delicious Olive Recipes



Olives, symbols of peace, wisdom, glory, power & pureness. Olives provide sustenance & are one of the most nourishing foods. It is estimated that the cultivation of olive trees began more than 7000 years ago. Olives are simple and easy to enjoy~ chop some up in a salad, or slice a few on a sprouted cracker, create your own tapenade or mix with your favorite vegetable dish. Even better....... just put some in a bowl and eat one after another after another..............! See our recipes below.



We have a variety of Peruvian black olives to choose from: plain, spiced, herbed, unsalted, with pits, pitted. Mix and Match , buy one bag or two, If you really like, we have case sizes too........



Olives on Special:

Peruvian Sun-dried Olives Pitted with Sea Salt
Peruvian Sun-dried Olives Pitted with Herbs & Sea Salt
Peruvian Sun-dried Olives Pitted with Aji Pepper & Sea Salt
Peruvian Unsalted with Pitts in Jar.
Peruvian Botija Purple Olives
Peruvian Botija Jumbo Spiced

Order today 1-866-729-9464 or www.NaturalZing.com

Here are a couple of our favorite recipes:

Olive Flat Bread
By Chef Bliss

Ingredients
2 cups Peruvian Dried Black olives (pitted) (soak in water for 2 hrs. then drain)
2 c. sunflower seeds 
3 cloves garlic 
1 carrot  
1 c. Brazil nuts (or chia seeds)
1 c. ground flax seeds (grind up in a coffee grinder or a high speed blender)
1 tsp Sea Salt  

1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.  
2. Add 1/2 c. water and smooth with a spatula onto a teflex sheet on a dehydrator tray.  
3. Dehydrate for 12 hours. 
Serves 12

Black Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

By Chef Bliss

Ingredients
1 cup pitted Peruvian Dried Black Olives the herbed pitted would also be great.
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
(soak for 2 hrs then drain)

juice from 1 lemon
2 garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup (60ml)
Bariani Raw Stone-Crushed Extra Virgin Olive Oil (have some extra used as needed)

1. Place the olives, sundried tomatoes, lemon juice and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. (Alternatively, place ingredients in a mortar and pound with a pestle until well combined).
2. With the motor running, gradually add the oil in a thin, steady stream until well combined and a smooth paste forms.
3. Transfer to an airtight container and pour over extra oil to cover the tapenade surface (to prevent oxidation).

Zucchini Pasta with Olives & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Recipe Courtesy of Maria & Helen
Ingredients:

1 large zucchini made into noodles with a Spirooli

Sauce:
1 or 2 fresh tomatoes chopped
1/2 cup
Peruvian Dried Black Olives (pitted and chopped)

1/3 cup sundried tomatoes (soaked & chopped)
1 small bunch of basil chopped
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp
Bariani Raw Stone-Crushed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Optional: add chopped nuts on top of your dish for decoration (pine nuts or walnuts)

Put all the sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (optionally you can add the olives into the sauce after it is blend or add them on top of your dish before serving.)

Place your noodles on the dish and spoon on your sauce. Again you can add the olives last or add some nuts.

Note: If you do not have access to a Spirooli then you can substitute with kelp noodles. **Have your kids help you use the Spirooli :) **

Serves: 2 to 4 (depends on the size of zucchini)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pesto Herb Canapes

Another popular side from Superfoods on Main our Pesto Herb Canapes.  Great at appetizers .... finger food for business networking events, family gatherings, parties and more.  These feature Natural Zing's Peruvian Sun-dried Olives with Sea Salt or you can use Natural Zing's Peruvian Sun-dried Olives with herbs and sea salt.

Recipe: Herb Pesto Canapes
Makes 3 dozen
For the Pesto Herb Pate:
Place the peeled garlic cloves in a food processor fit with the s-blade. Process to chop. Add the parsley, mint, thyme, lemon juice, zest and salt. Process to finely chop the herbs. Scrape down the sides of the food processor. Add the olive oil and sesame seed and process once again until well combined.
For the assembly:
Wash your cucumbers and peel if waxed. Or, peel every 1/2 inch to make a decorative pattern. Cut into 1/4″ thick rounds. Slice each cherry tomato into 4 even rounds. Slice each olive into 4 even rounds. Pick out your 36 best, most evenly sized, cucumber rounds. Top each cucumber with 2 teaspoons of pesto. Place a cherry tomato slice on top of the pesto. Top the cherry tomato with one sun-dried Peruvian olive.  Arrange canapes neatly on a large platter. Serve and enjoy!