Raw Cheezy Spaghetti and Rebelling (+B12)

Posted by: on Aug 20, 2012 | 55 Comments

”I don´t care, I love it!”

I rarely listen to the radio but lately I have not been able to keep away from this song (Icona pop – I love it). It leaves me jumping around feeling all rebellious and passionate at the same time. Those to together can make things happen for sure. Keep on reading..

Aren’t there times when you want to leave that smart, spiritual book, forget your yoga clothes in some far away corner, grab a pair of silly sunglasses, a glass of champagne and go rock the world. hard. I do.

These past weeks (or should I say years?) have been intense. A lot has happened, not only to me and my life but to the entire planet it seems. The energies are spinning so fast and impulses are manifesting right in front of our cute noses. Exciting and thrilling, yes. But also a bit exhausting. I have realized that lately the gap between my structured, cool, entrepreneur-self and my insane, firey goddess-self has been too wide and THAT needs to be addressed. ASAP. I´m not sure in what way I´ll be doing it yet but I´m certain that I have found an interesting step to climb. A step that will take me somewhere absolutely amazing.

I started off by visiting Tivoli in Copenhagen with Fabian and rode roller coasters until it was dark out. We ate lots of liquorice (no, not the raw kind), fruity smoothies and played around laughing. I did not think of future posts, books or goals. Life gave, gave and gave.

So I thought ”I DON´T CARE – I LOVE IT!”

Fun & Fabulous Facts

The most common question I get asked is ”if you only eat vegan foods, where on earth do you get your protein?”. Easy. Legumes, greens, grains, superfoods, an occasional egg etc etc. After that Q comes ”ok, how do you get enough of vitamin B12?”. Let me tell you a little interesting vitamin story (will apply to plant-eaters and animal-eaters alike). The B12-story is very complex so my goal is simply to give you the largest pieces of the puzzle today.

You know microorganisms? The teeny tiny things hanging around all over. Well, there are some sweet microorganisms in the earth that produce a vitamin called B12. This means that when this vitamin is found in animal products, leafy greens, seaweed and traditionally fermented foods, it is because they contain these vitamin b12 producing bacteria. The problem is that large part of our world is so insanely clean that bacteria have no chance of existing in it. We have sterile greenhouses instead of our own vegetable gardens and large tempeh producing facilities instead of a small Chinese family company. Things has gone so far away from our traditional way of producing food that lack of bacteria (B12 deficiency) is a common health issue.

Now I´m not saying that clean is all bad, of course the modern way of handling food and hospitals have helped many lives. But when people do not even know that vitamin B12 starts off in the earth – not inside animals, then ”clean” has gone too far I say.

Over the years there have been many arguments on weather or not micro algeas contain real vitamin B12 or only B12 analogues. Testes now indicate that it´s mostly analogues and that we should not be relying on spirulina, chlorella and other micro-algaes as a complete vitamin B12 source. Nutritional yeast (which is the royal ingredient of this cheezy recipe) does not have large amounts of B12 analogues and is a good source of real vitamin B12. Make sure you buy top quality nutritional yeast produced specifically as food supplement (some of the cheaper kind does not even contain vitamin B12 and is only a by-product of the brewing industry).

Today vegetarians and vegans are advised to supplement vitamin B12 even if they occasionally eat egg/yoghurt/cheese or meat. (No worries, there are 100% vegan B12 supplements as well). Some vegans firmly believe that we can get enough B12 from our own production in our colon, fruit and vegetables that have not been furiously cleaned before eaten, from seaweed and fermented foods (miso, tempeh, sauerkraut, sourdough bread e.t.c.). However, since there are so many cases of deficiency (particularly among vegan kids) I myself take B12 supplements. I incorporate both good quality B12 supplements and eat a healthy diet loaded with the B12 boosting foods listed above and this choice works well for me.

There are some things that deplete the body of B12 and are very much worth keeping in mind. Birth control pills, antibiotics, chronic illness and stress are some of those factors. Alcohol, cigarettes, coffee and other intoxicants also makes the absorption of B12 difficult.

All right, sorry for the tres long ”Fun & Fabulous Facts” but I felt it was time to straighten out some question marks and sometimes a few more words are needed to do so.

Raw Cheezy Spaghetti

When I eat this Raw pasta it always feel like I am cheating a bit. With it´s creamy and cheezy texture and flavor this dish is pretty much the mac`n cheese of the Raw world (nasty, eh?). So I thought it suitable for this post. In the spirit of summery rebellion, I give you the raw cheezy spaghetti complete with tons of flavor and nutrition (ok.. not so nasty).

Spaghetti for 2-3 ppl

2 medium sized zucchinis

1. Peel the zucchini and make spaghetti using either a spiralizer (FUN!), potato peeler or a julienne peeler.

Cheezy sauce

4 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
2 tsp maple syrup
3 tsp tamari
5 tbsp tahini
1/2 tsp ground dried turmeric
4 tbsp water

1. Put all ingredients in a a high speed blender or use a hand blender.
2. Mix until a creamy consistency, spoon over the zucchini spaghetti and blend thoroughly.

Arrange

Top  the bowl of spaghetti with hemp hearts, cracked black pepper, nutritional yeast and eat with fresh tomatoes and some basil leaves. Simple yet rebellious!


It would be so great to hear how YOU keep a good amount of rebellious energy in your life! Roller coasters, ”unnecessary” novels or all night long dancing?

Do give me your insights in the comments below or over at Facebook and Twitter.

See you around in the Earthsprouty world!

Sources: Healing with whole foods, Paul Pitchford, North Atlantic Books 2002

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55 Comments

  1. Natalia
    20 augusti, 2012

    Mmmm, this looks delicious! But I have another question to add to this list of questions you say you are often asked… what are your thoughts on getting enough omega 3?? I know that some plant sources have omega 3… but only of a certain type (and our bodies aren’t v good at converting that type into the one we need…). I still eat fish occasionally, but I would like to give it up completely. But I worry about he omega 3 situation. Your insight would be very much appreciated! And btw, THANK YOU so much for being such a wonderful source of inspiration and bubbling happiness – your posts always leave me smiling :) X

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Dear Natalia!

      Oh, and YOUR comment leaves ME smiling! <3
      There are a gazillion ways to get glorious omega 3,6 & 9 the veggie way.
      Chia seeds for example are insanely high in those amazing fatty acids and actually contain way more omega 3´s than salmon.
      I eat the tsp of chia each day.

      Also keep in mind that it´s better to eat the fats whole (not oils) as in nuts, seeds, avocados, greens, and certain fruits.
      if you enjoy a versatile plant-base diet that you get more high quality fats that are easily absorbed than animal-eaters do.

      I´ll keep your Q in mind and write about it in the Fun & Fabulous Facts section soon!

      Reply
      • katie
        9 september, 2012

        I am so glad to be informed about chia seeds—I started eating them and hadn’t looked into them–they were recommended by a trustworthy friend!! Great to know!!

        Cheers,

        Katie

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      • Natalia
        27 september, 2012

        I only just saw your reply! Thank you so much Elenore for that info – i eat Chia seeds sometimes, but Ill make sure to make them a daily staple :) (and a post about omega 3 would be fab!!) x

        Reply
  2. Laura
    20 augusti, 2012

    Omg this looks so naughty! I bet it tastes even better than mac and cheese. With no bloat belly afterwards!

    I will be making this without a doubt.

    This afternoon I am rebellious because I’m sitting in the sunshine reading with a hot chocolate! It is really hot but I love hot chocolate! 100% cacao melted with a little water and honey. YUM :)

    Reply
  3. Laura
    20 augusti, 2012

    Elenore you have persuaded me to buy a spiraliser, I have just found one online. :)

    Would you believe it was only last night that I was trying to find a gluten free alternative to pasta?! Zucchini will do nicely!

    Reply
  4. Corinne
    20 augusti, 2012

    Elenore,
    I would love to know how you got the twitter bird to fly onto the page you are reading? That is the coolest app I’ve seen yet.

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Hi Corinne!

      I believe that the plugin is simply called ”flying twitter bird” – simple as that:)

      Reply
  5. Luise
    20 augusti, 2012

    OH YUM, such a lovely post! I’m looking so much forward to see you and your vegetable garden on saturday! Thanks for B12 facts :-)

    Reply
  6. Lana
    20 augusti, 2012

    Are those considered medium zuchinis in your pic?! Those are massssive honey! Hahahaha. It is amazing, the gifts mother nature give us. I love using zucchini noodles, they have that juicy texture and are so hydrating and filling without being that stick-to-your-stomach fillin g like regular pasta is. I recently had some gluten free pasta at a friend’s place, which I hadn’t had for months and months, and I almost fell asleep right after it was so much carbs! Great recipe, will give it a go soon xo!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Hi darl!

      no, those zucchinis are HUGE for sure.. But I think it´s quite impossible for people to find those in the supermarket so I adjusted the recipe a bit;)
      I know! zucchinis are so incredibly versatile! I love them too!

      Reply
  7. Julz
    20 augusti, 2012

    Hi E.Earth!

    Thanks for this yummy recipie that has popped into my inbox!! Perfect timing, I am working night shift and am dreaming of food for when I knock off. I am making this!!!!

    Hugs and High 5’s!
    Julz

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      That rocks, Julz!
      I hope you loved it and that the dreams of the dish made the night easier;)

      Reply
  8. Liz B
    20 augusti, 2012

    YUM, want to eat this now!! xxx

    Reply
  9. nirrimi
    20 augusti, 2012

    i sure hope you have room in your home for our little family, because we’re coming to move in! this looks incredible…

    Reply
  10. Dana
    20 augusti, 2012

    Just reading your blogs gives me energy, inspiration and the extra boost to shift my mood. This is a great recipe I have to try soon. Thanks SO much :)

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Whohooo! Yeah! Let´s give each other the opportunity to shift into our most glorious selves!

      Reply
  11. Lucie D'Alessandro
    20 augusti, 2012

    You inspire me every single post… Your re-energize/have-fun/percolate-with-what’s-to-come exploration seriously inspired me to get into the same, thank you. And, gorgeous girl, beautiful pic – you are radiant xx

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Uh! Lucie! YOU inspire like crazy too! I love how we can give that pure goddess flow of energy to each other my friend! <3

      Reply
  12. lauren
    20 augusti, 2012

    Can you recommend a good B-12 supplement or share with us what brand you use? Thanks! Def making this luscious looking dish!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Hi Lauren!
      I use Thorne and love it. The thing to keep in mind is that it should be methylcobalamine and not cyancobalamine – then you should be good!

      Reply
  13. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
    21 augusti, 2012

    oh my gosh that looks amazing! and those zucchini are HUGE!! i visited Sweden last summer and we took a day trip Tivoli and wow was it fun! What a delicious recipe!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Haha, I know.. the zucchinis are insanely large (wanna come for a zucchini party in my garden?).
      Tivoli sure was amazing!

      Love /E

      Reply
  14. Kristin from mamacino
    21 augusti, 2012

    I LOVE this post. I am really interested in all of your nutritional facts…keep them coming! I have just this morning been told I am low in B12 (weird, huh?) and now I am so glad to know exactly what to do about it xx

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Oh, gotta love the universe for sending us to places, spaces, energies that can help us! We are all such manifestation gurus!

      Reply
  15. Cara | Ultra Inspired
    21 augusti, 2012

    Love this post and super excited to try this recipe out – you rock lady! x

    Reply
  16. Andreia
    21 augusti, 2012

    ohhh Elenore, i had so much fun reading your newsletter :D
    vitamin B12 is always a problem in vegan diets…i think that you should keep taking those B12 supplements! I take them too and i feel great :)
    There´re great books about food chemistry, specially ”Food Chemistry” by D. Belitz, Werner Grosch and Peter Schieberle and Fennema’s Food Chemistry by Srinivasan Damodaran, Kirk L. Parkin and Owen R. Fennema..They´re a little expensive but they worth it!
    In Portugal, we´ve an institute that provides complete informations about the nutritional value..if you want to take a look, go to http://www.insa.pt/sites/INSA/Portugues/AreasCientificas/AlimentNutricao/AplicacoesOnline/TabelaAlimentos/PesquisaOnline/Paginas/PorPalavraChave.aspx and search whatever you want xD
    p.s: I love your zucchini pastaaaa :D
    Have a great day*

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    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Sweet! Thanks a lot! (and I had so much fin writing it;)

      Hope you´ll like the pasta darling and thanks for the linklove!

      Reply
  17. raechel
    21 augusti, 2012

    I love this post! I feel sooo similarly. In my early 20s, I was ALL fiery-goddess, and almost no sense of clean living and wellness. Now I find that I’m almost all clean, structure, routine, not enough ”fiery-goddess.” I’m trying to find that balance too!

    Also, loove nutritional yeast. This recipes looks divine! <3

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Thank you for those words, Raechel!
      Interesting that you were in the opposite flow of energy.
      Let´s both get some more balance then:)

      Reply
  18. missy
    22 augusti, 2012

    I love this recipe! what kind of spiralizer do you have?! and how did you grow such huge zucci’s?! jealous!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      My spiralizer is a ”Spirali”. It´s cheap, easy to clean and SO useful!
      Go ahead and order it now!

      Reply
  19. Leah
    22 augusti, 2012

    hi elenore, could you share the brand of b12 supplement you use? i’m raising a vegan daughter and would like us both to add this to our diets.

    thanks so much!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      Hi Leah! I use the brand Thorne at the moment and really like that one!
      Just keep in mind that you should be taking B12 in the form of metylcobalamin and not cyancobalamin… That´s it!

      Good luck, honey!

      Reply
  20. Alicia Cumming
    23 augusti, 2012

    i think i’m going to try a variation of this: zucchini and cheese –homemade cheese made from our cows’ milk! (obviously not vegan.) i’m finding i get sick if i have the spaghetti with regular store bought spaghetti sauce now, but find my homemade versions to be too watery. cheese will be the answer! yeesh.

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      That´s wonderful! Ah, if you can make you own cheese that so great! Yeah, sore bought = iiiiik!

      Reply
  21. Gena
    23 augusti, 2012

    Those are the most glorious looking spaghettie I’ve ever seen.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2012

      …and your are the absolute sweetest, Gena <3 THANKS! I hope you´ll give it a try!

      Reply
  22. Laura
    24 augusti, 2012

    So happy to hear that you’re drinking up this beautiful life and trying to find the right balance, Elenore. Sending you a high five from one champagne and licorice-loving gal to another. And that picture of you smiling in the garden just made my day!

    xo
    Laura

    Reply
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  25. Kim
    26 augusti, 2012

    Hi! I just prepared this and it tasted great! But it turned out really watery. Do you know what I may have done wrong?

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      27 augusti, 2012

      Hi Kim! It all depends on you Zucchini and how much water it contains – it´s so different! You can try making the sauce without water (like a paste) and simply let the water in the zucchini make it all creamy.

      Good luck sweets

      Reply
  26. Marion
    27 augusti, 2012

    Hello there! Today, in my lunch box, zucchini puree with tahini! The idea is not mine, it’s the start of a raw zucchini hummus recipe but I did not go to the very end. No lemon handy, and some other ingredients missing but the processor’s bowl covered with fresh tahini, you don’t want to waste a drop of fresh tahini! I do not grow my vegs, a balcony garden is no good for that but I get them from a local organic share and every single one of them rock. As a vegan, I feel like the queen of the world everytime I get my weekly basket to experiment with. So I ”rinsed” the processor with a raw peeled zucchini, got my puree and added soaked almonds, potatoes, brocolis and spices, and probably an others few things. Now I got to find that wonderful tool of yours so I can make the spaghettis, many zucchinis left in the fridge and that’s such a fun way to eat them!
    Take care, love

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  27. Giulia
    8 september, 2012

    Hello Elenore,
    I just found your website recently and even though I am neither vegetarian nor vegan (but I eat meat very rarely and buy only organic food) I am fascinated by your website and the recipes! I would really like to try some out, but I find it hard to get some of these ingredients. I live in northern Italy, very close to Austria in the middle of the Alps in a beautiful place called South Tyrol (I’m sure you’d love it) and most people here eat veggies and fruits from their own garden, so that’s great. Anyway, I’ll try to look for some of your ingredients in my local organic store…

    But here’s something really really confused me.. don’t you cook the zucchini spaghettis in boiling water? I did not know you can eat raw zucchinis (or did I misunderstand that?). Please let me know, I’d love to try this out!

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      10 september, 2012

      Hi dear Giulia!

      Your home sounds amazing! I´m sure I´d love it! I have roots in Switzerland so..;)

      To answer your question, No, I do not boil the zucchini pasta to make sure I keep all nutrients and enzymes intact.
      You can however slightly steam them if you feel like it´s to harsh on your belly or you just feel like having a hot
      plate of spaghetti.

      So glad to have you around in the Earthsprouty world!

      /E

      Reply
  28. Ewik
    17 september, 2012

    WONDERFUL ELEONOR!

    I love to hear your honesty about not being ”perfectly good” at all times (which in itself might not actually be so good, who knows?) but that life itself is a rollercoaster and now and then a glass of champagne might set you off on new ideas – or give a new rebirth to why we really enjoy raw and healthy foods… ;-)

    Let´s enjoy!

    Reply
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  30. anna
    25 november, 2012

    Hi,
    I’ve just started looking into this whole nutritional yeast thing, rawfooder as I am…
    looked for Thorne on the internet, but can not find it, have they stopped making it? in that case, do you know of any other good ones?
    Also I wonder what kind of mixer you use? I make a lot of nut butters and mixed cauliflower etc. And making for one portion, the knives in a blender are too hight up if you know what I mean. What do you use? a ”matberedare”? Which kind?
    thank you for your incredibly inspiring blog…

    Reply
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  32. Nuran Yalcin
    12 februari, 2013

    Your website is wonderlicious!

    I came across it recently through My New Roots (I am a humungous fan) I am blown away by the beauty of your creations, and you have really inspired me to awaken my love for biodynamic gardening! I have always had a passion, but let it sit as a hobby. Well no more! I have begun planting, reading so much more and looking into holistic nutrition / cookery classes. I feel like I am on the road to fulfilling my dreams :) I adore the macrobiotic element of your recipes! Really inspiring, I will be ordering your Nordic superfood as well!

    Just a note on the B vitamins, I also take Thorne, I take methylcoblamin and the Basic B complex 1 x day. I have not tried the other B complex variations, so wondering which one you use (if it isn’t the basic B)they have one with elevated B6 etc.. Could you also shed some light on recommended dose, for a plant based eater, even though we eat an extremely varied diet, this vitamin is sadly best absorbed through supplementation for us plant hugging heroes.

    Keep inspiring with Love x

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  33. Megan
    14 mars, 2014

    I knew you knew what you were doing (and that this recipe would be good) when I saw you combined maple syrup, tamari, and garlic. I made this dish tonight and it was a hit! I had to leave a comment because I am one who always reads the reviews before I make a dish and I wanted everyone to know that this recipe is amazing! YUM!

    Megan
    http://www.livingwhole.org

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  34. Ess
    25 november, 2014

    This recipe was amazing! So delicious, so guilt- and cruelty-free. I love it! I will be making this for my vegan toastmasters group this week, they’re going to go crazy for it! I will make sure to refer them to your page here, of course. :)

    Thanks again, have a great day! :)

    Reply

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