Crazy Sexy hearts-of-palm-style crab cakes

Don’t tell anyone these crab cakes aren’t made with crab. They won’t be able to tell. Just get them in people’s mouth. They will love them.
crab cakes

The recipe is from the Crazy Sexy Kitchen cookbook. I love these as an appetizer or served with a big salad for lunch or a light dinner. They are kind of an ordeal to make, but well worth it and leftovers can be frozen for easy lunches. They’re not difficult, it’s just not something you can whip together the hour before guests arrive. Trust me. It’s not pretty. They really need to be refrigerated before frying, otherwise they’re too soft, messy… again, not pretty.

Make it easy on yourself and allow enough time (ideally overnight) for letting them firm up in the fridge. Fry them up about an hour before serving. Keep them warm in the oven. It will be easier and much less of a mess.

I’ve made the Remoulade and like it, but prefer a simple hot sauce like Cholula, Red Devil or Spicy Red Pepper Miso Mayo.

Enjoy!

“Crab” Cakes:

1 sheet of nori, or 2 t toasted nori flakes (it’s no big deal if you don’t use these… you can find them at Sprouts or Whole Foods.)
2 14-oz cans hearts of palm (in water)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
3 T Vegenaise (or any vegan mayo)
2 t Old Bay seasoning
1 T nutritional yeast (in the bulk section of Sprouts/Whole Foods)
2 t arrowroot or cornstarch
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 cup panko breadcrumbs (or gluten-free if you’d like)

Toast nori sheet by holding it w/ tongs and fanning over a low gas flame or electric burner. Grind the nori sheet in a coffee/spice grinder or crumble as finely as you can with your hands or with a mortar and pestle.

Drain the hearts of palm and press in a towel to dry them. In a food processor, pulse gently until it looks like the consistency of crabmeat.

Saute the onion and bell pepper in 1 t oil until soft.

In a large bowl, combine the hearts of palm, onion, bell pepper, Vegenaise, 1 t Old Bay seasoning, nori flakes, nutritional yeast, arrowroot or corn starch, salt, pepper. Refrigerate 30  minutes.

Scoop with an ice cream scoop or large tablespoon to portion into small crab cakes (the smaller the easier to work with). Combine breadcrumbs with Old Bay seasoning. Coat the small cakes with breadcrumbs. Form and let sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until firm (overnight works well too).

Cook crab cakes in a saute pan on medium heat in a fair amount of canola oil, until kinda crunchy on both sides. Keep cakes warm in the oven until you finish all of them.

Serve warm with Remoulade sauce (below), or a favorite hot sauce. I like spicy pepper Miso Mayo.

Remoulaide sauce:
Place all of the following in a blender or food processor and blend on high for 1 minute. Set aside or store, covered in the fridge for up to 1 week.
1 cup vegan mayo
1 T ketchup
1 T dijon
1 t hot sauce
1 t Worcestershire
1 T lemon juice (fresh)
1/4 t sea salt
2 t minced capers
2 t minced shallot
1 t minced fresh parsley
2 t minced red bell pepper

40 DAYS GROUP STARTS JANUARY 3RD!

What would happen if you practiced YOGA, MEDITATION and EATING BETTER for 40 days?

What would happen if you had a group to practice with you, one that wanted, more than anything, for you to succeed? 

 

I am honored to be guiding a group through Baron Baptiste’s program, 40 DAYS TO PERSONAL REVOLUTION at SESSION YOGA.

Starting January 3rd, we will practice and explore yoga, meditation, and food that makes you feel good. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. It’s not about your yoga ability, it’s about your commitment to exploring how great you can feel………!

Program fee includes the book, 40 days of yoga and weekly group meetings. To make it extra easy, you can choose between two weekly sessions, Thursday evenings at 7:30 or Sunday afternoons at 2:00.  More info and registration here…

Chelsea and Kristin will also be leading a Yoga Bootcamp, Saturday January 5th, from 12 – 4. Just one more way to start the year, feeling great!

Yoga, Meditation, and Nutrition are my rocks. They continue to transform, comfort and guide me through life. The more space I create for them, the better my life becomes. I can’t wait to see what unfolds for you.

a-ha’s from A New Earth Chapter 10

If you were part of our A New Earth tele-chat but weren’t able to finish the book. No worries. In the midst of shopping, doing, giving to others, give yourself some space (10 minute spurts will do) to watch or read Chapter 10.  It captures the essence of the book and all you need to do become “A New You.”

Here are a few of my favorite a-ha’s. I’d love to hear what resonated with you…

Each night, without knowing it, you return to the unmanifested Source of all life when you enter the stage of deep, dreamless sleep, and then reemerge again in the morning, replenished.

I know sleep is important, but putting it in this way gave it a depth I needed to hear. I might be able to skip the ice cream before bed now. Do I really want to give my body something that’s going to interrupt this magical process ? Wouldn’t it be great to wake up not just physically, but spiritually replenished ???

Each person’s life represents a world, a unique way in which the universe experiences itself…

This makes the responsibility of delivering our gifts and encouraging others to do the same, in their own way, even more important.

The closer we get to the end of our present evolutionary stage, the more dysfunctional the ego becomes… in the same way that a caterpillar becomes dysfunctional just before it transforms into a butterfly.”

Great. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. I could let that bum me out, or I can watch for it when it happens and know that, it is going to get better. My ego is going to do all it can to stay stuck. Not because I don’t deserve peace or happiness, but because that’s just how it is structured. Its job is to keep me separate from my purpose. It’s my choice to evolve. All I have to do is stay aware, accept and embrace the process.

 If you’re not in a state of  Acceptance, Enjoyment or Enthusiasm about what you’re doing, stop doing it.

What a comforting gauge for change! If we apply what we’ve learned about not resisting, blaming or resenting situations we’re not “happy” about, answers will come. We will know how to accept it, how to start enjoying it, or how to change it.

Enjoyment will replace wanting as the motivating power behind people’s actions…

Wouldn’t that be awesome?? To strive for what we enjoy instead of what we think we should achieve? And, just when you might be thinking that Enjoyment is about blowing off responsibility, ponder this:

“If you can neither enjoy or bring acceptance to what you do – stop. Otherwise, you are not taking responsibility for the only thing you can really take responsibility for, which also happens to be the one thing that matters; your state of consciousness. And if you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for your life.”

I can’t think of a better a-ha to end our A New You with A New Earth tele-chat experience. For more encouragement and reminders about how to take responsibility … check out the chapter-by-chapter a-ha’s.

Thank you for sharing your A New Earth experience with me. I am excited to practice all we’ve learned and can’t wait to watch the year unfold.

Take especially good care of yourself,

Denese

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