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'Rawroona' Rolls

By Dreenaburton @dreenaburton
In ed&bv, I have a recipe for "Goddess Garbanzos", which essentially mimics the flavor of tuna sandwich using Annie's Goddess Dressing, and also kelp granules.  I used to love tuna sandwiches as a kid, and in my pre-vegan days.  Yet, while I loved eating those tuna sandwiches, I never felt very good after.  Could have been the mayo, or the tuna itself, but my stomach just felt 'blech' and my energy sagged.  This mixture is not only lighter, healthier, and energizing, but also flat-out tastes better!  For real.
Last week I tweaked my ed&bv recipe - excluding the Goddess Dressing - as I wanted to adapt it for you wheat-free, gluten-free readers out there.  (I also lightened up the mix with less vegan mayo.)  Then, I decided to wrap it up in our back yard chard leaves, and the recipe takes on a more living/raw slant (not fully raw, I realize this, please don't give me heck in the comments!)  Thanks to Scooby in my head, "Rawroona rolls"come to life...  :D
First, I start with the chard leaves from my garden:
'Rawroona' Rolls
They're not quite as big (yet) as those in the stores, but far fresher - and much more tender!
Then, scoop on the 'rawroona' mix (recipe follows):
'Rawroona' Rolls
Eat as is, or roll up:
'Rawroona' Rolls
Fresh!  Delicious!  Satisfying!  Stuff 'em as much as you want, eat a few or eat more!  Eat with chopsticks, or pretend you can use chopsticks (like I do):
'Rawroona' Rolls
And, here's the recipe.  We often added chopped celery and apple to our tuna salad growing up, and I love the pungent and sweet contrasts they give - and also the textural crunch - don't skip!
(recipe adapted from Goddess Garbanzos, from ed&bv)
1 TBSP tahini
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp tamari
1-2 tsp vegenaise (or other vegan mayonnaise; I like just 1 tsp)
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp kelp granules
pinch or two sea salt (to taste)
freshly ground black pepper to taste (optional)
1 cup cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained, and semi-smashed (see below)
1/4 cup chopped celery1/4 cup chopped apple2 tsp capers'Rawroona' Rolls1-2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Whisk/stir together the tahini with the lemon juice, red wine vinegar, tamari, vegenaise, dijon, kelp granules, salt, and pepper.  Mash/smash the chickpeas just slightly with the bottom of your measuring cup, and then stir in with mixture along with celery, apple, and capers.  Stir through until well mixed.  Serves 2.

And of course, you could always skip the rolls and make a "roona randwich".
'Rawroona' Rolls

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