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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Recipe: Better Than Tuna (raw, vegan)

Finally getting around to posting recipes! So, this was a recipe that was demonstrated and served at Hippocrates by Chef Renate. She also held a cooking demo at her home one Sunday where she prepared and served a delicious 4-course meal. I think I posted the "Faux Salmon" that she prepared on Facebook, but I'll re-post it here as well (in a separate post) since I don't really get how the Facebook timeline works - sometimes I have a really difficult time finding my older posts.

Anyway, this recipe was a big hit among those of us who tried it at Hippocrates and it was really quite simple to prepare. The main thing is to be sure to factor in time to soak the sunflower seeds. Soaking seeds and nuts helps to remove the enzyme inhibitors, making them easier to digest. It also makes for a softer texture. Always discard the soak water.

I made a batch of this on Sunday and my boyfriend enjoyed it although in all honesty, while it did resemble tuna salad and it tasted good, it didn't really taste exactly like tuna salad; I believe I could have adjusted for this by adding kelp seaweed sprinkles to it to give it more of a fishy flavor, but it was actually delicious as it was so I really didn't feel the need to tinker with it further.

It makes quite a bit - we had some for dinner and we both had plenty leftover for lunch for the next 3 days, so I think next time I'll make half of the recipe if it's just for the two of us. This recipe would work well for a party - you could leave it in a bowl and serve it as a pate with celery sticks or you could fill endive leaves or lettuce leaves filled with little scoops of it and served on a large platter. You might also use large slices of red pepper with little dollops of the pate on top.

"Better than Tuna"

3 cups hulled sunflower seeds, soaked 4 to 8 hours, rinsed (discard soak water)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 squirts of Braggs Liquid Aminos or kelp to taste

Process in food processor (S blade) until thick and creamy.
Put pate in large bowl.

1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced white onions

Mix all together.

Lasts 2-3 days in the refrigerator.


Braggs Liquid Aminos can be found in any health food store, usually in the Macrobiotic section, or near the soy sauce section.  Kelp can be found in the Macrobiotic section as well.

Save money by purchasing nuts and seeds in the bulk section of the health food store. When I get home, I place them in mason jars - looks nice and keeps them fresh.


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