Friday, May 8, 2015

Super Protein Raw Sloppy Joes

A friend of mine requested some high protein raw vegan recipes the other day. Anyone who has chosen a raw vegan or cooked vegan diet is familiar with the question, "But where do you get your protein?" There are a lot of different ways to answer this question, but as a challenge I thought I would make one meal that meets your daily recommended protein requirement, yes raw vegan style!

The daily recommended protein intake for women is 46 grams and for men is 56 grams. Now, I know many people take the words of doctors and scientists to be untouchable truths, but there have been a lot of people in the nutritional community that feel these numbers are too high.

On the other hand there are people with specific needs where high protein diets are recommended, my son being one of them. When his challenges with ADHD first started becoming apparent I originally wanted to switch him from a vegetarian diet to a meat diet. I had been vegetarian since the age of 7 myself, but watching my son struggle was painful. He fought the chicken tenders we gave him and we didn't see much improvement. Now we have switched the game up entirely, and he is vegan. I make sure he has a high protein plant-based diet including peas, hemp milk, almond milk, quinoa, spirulina, moringa, and edamame. And you know what? Next year he will be going to his local school instead of being bused away for his special needs. So I would say we are doing something right.

Enjoy this high protein punch. The recipe makes 4 sloppy joes, to be shared by 2 people. The wraps can be used with any sandwich fillings, and you can stay on the high protein kick by switching the filling with sprouted chickpea salad or sunflower seed "tuna" salad. If you don't have a dehydrator you can use the sloppy joe filling (without dehydrating the mushrooms) and use a collard wrap instead, though you will loose some protein points. The pumpkin seeds can also be replaced with nuts of your choice!

For the wrap:

1 1/2 cup peas - 12 g
1/2 cup flax seeds - 15 g
meat from 1 young coconut - 13 g
1 cup coconut water - 2 g
1/2 cup of apple pulp (leftover from juicing)
1 cup spinach - 1 g
1/2 teaspoon spirulina - 1 g
1/2 teaspoon moringa - .5 g
pink Himalayan salt to taste

For the filling:

1 1/2 cup mushrooms - 3g
1 teaspoon coconut aminos
3/4 cup raisins - 1.5 g
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds - 21 g
2 medium tomatoes - 2 g
1 cup carrots - 1 g
1/2 cup red onion  - .5 g
2 dates, pitted - 1 g
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast - 8 g
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon chili pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chipotle pepper
1/2 cup sauerkraut - .5 g
2 avocados - 8 g
1 cup spinach - 1 g
pink Himalayan salt to taste

Total protein: 92 g
Total protein per person (feeds 2 people): 46 g
Total protein per sloppy joe (recipe makes 4 total): 23 g

Open coconut, drain and save water, and scrape meat from inside being sure to dispose of any wood chips. Put flax seeds into a spice grinder and grind into a fine powder. Put all wrap ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This may require stopping to scrape the sides of the blender with a spatula and blending again. Pour mixture into wrap sheets, smooth down evenly with a spatula, and place in dehydrator. (There should be enough for two trays.) Dehydrate for 1 hour at 115 degrees, then bring temperature down to 95 degrees and dehydrate for 10 hours. Peel off sheets, flip over, and dehydrate for an addition hour at 115 degrees. Slice each wrap in half so you have a total of 4 equal pieces.

Marinate mushrooms in coconut aminos for at least 15 minutes. Place mushrooms on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 115 for 1 hour. (It is best to plan this along with the flipping of the wrap if you have time restraints). In a food processor combine the raisins, tomatoes, onion, carrots, apple cider vinegar, chili pepper, cumin, chipotle pepper, nutritional yeast, and salt. Blend into a thick sauce. Add pumpkin seeds to blender and pulse a few times to reach desired texture. Take mushrooms out of dehydrator and add to blender. Give a few quick pulses until you have a meaty texture.

Slice avocados. Fold wraps into a cone shape and fill bottom of each with a few spinach leaves. Scoop in even amounts of sloppy joe mixture. Top each with equal amounts sliced avocado and sauerkraut. (Make sure to drain to avoid excess liquid.) If desired for a less sloppy experience, wrap in wax paper for more convenient eating and less clean up. Enjoy!

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