When I was considering giving up meat, I remember thinking how much I would miss my favorite sandwich, chicken salad. Anyone who knows me knows how much I loved chicken salad sandwich on a french roll with mustard and horseradish cheddar. Y. U. M.
Luckily, I came across this recipe for a not-chicken salad. And it's good! It's not exactly a substitute for chicken salad, but it comes close. It makes a great pate-like spread, is good in wraps, and great on salads. Or, if you are like me, you can eat it straight out of the bowl leaning over the sink. I mean, I could see doing that, not that I have. :|
The 'chicken' is actually blended sunflower seeds, which are a great source of vitamin E as well as magnesium and selenium. They're also cheap.
And, the recipe is 100% vegan and raw as well.
1 cup drained soaked raw shelled sunflower seeds (I soaked mine for an hour in warm water)
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 cup chopped celery (I subbed an apple, for sweeter crunch)
1/4 cup carrot shredded
1/4 green onion chopped
In a food processor (or magic bullet like I have!) bend sunflower seeds and water until a pate forms. Add vinegar, salt, seasoning and process again. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in celery or apple, carrot and green onion.
Recipe adapted from Raw and Simple (a great book!)
PS, thanks for the sweet comments on my last post. Knowing there are other mom/people who have either been raised by single mothers or are single moms themselves is so encouraging. I love you guys.