Surf n’ Turf, + iHerb Giveaway

Happy Sunday, friends. I appreciate your kind words about my mom’s boyfriend’s son — they meant the world to me.

So in my last post, I mentiond that I grew up eating a little differently from most of my Greek fam. They were carnivorous; red meat made me squirm. They liked their veggies cooked through; I liked mine crunchy. They liked dishes that were salty and heavily flavored; I liked my food plain. Of course, there were things we all agreed on: my Grandmother’s spaghetti (which, even though slathered in butter and made from white pasta, was quite tasty); my mom’s wonderful broccoli, made with tons of lemon and olive oil; giant salads, which adorned the table at every family meal, and which, as the resident veg-aholic, I was usually put in charge of; and, in later years, my vegan baked goods, which totally transformed my mom’s conception of vegan sweets and treats.

So while there were things we didn’t all agree on — such as lamb, and the 101 uses my Yaya found for it — we did agree on a bunch of things. One of our main areas of unison was this: there were lots of mainstream American foods we didn’t know much about, and hadn’t tried. I don’t think I ever tasted a sugary cereal growing up. I had my first soda at the ripe old age of ten (ripe, sadly, by mainstream standards). There were no hot pockets or pop tarts at home, no chips or cheetos or even oreos. This doesn’t mean our pantry was perfect: there were other things, like spray margarine and Lean Cuisine, that were, in retrospect, pretty foul. But we were fairly cut off from the cornucopia of processed food that is the American supermarket.

More than that, there were lots of classic American dishes that we never grew up eating. Sure, my Mom made the usual sorts of comfort food dishes on occasion — veggie pot pie, for example, or tuna casserole — but most of our food was Mediterranean in flavor: grilled fish, chicken or zucchini broiled with lemon and tomatoes; pasta with pesto and veggies. And because that’s what we ate at home, that’s usually what we ate when we went out to restaurants, too. So there were tons of restaurant offerings that remained mysterious to me well into my adult years.

One of these was “surf and turf.” Believe it or not, I was twenty the first time I learned what this was, vacationing in a hotel with my father and his family. It sounded like such a fun dish, until I learned what it was: a side-by-side offering of steak and seafood, oftentimes fried. To me, that reeked of an animal protein overdose. Needless to say, it’s not a dish I’ve ever tried — I’d guess that many women haven’t — but the name has always amused me.

This weekend, I found myself with a pantry full of dwindling bags of sea veggies. You know, bags that have less than a real portion left, but are taking up space while I wait to finish them off. I thought I’d whip up some seaweed salad. As I contemplated that prospect, I also realized I had a portobello cap in my fridge that I hadn’t found a good use for yet. Portobellos, of course, are often called upon to represent “meatiness” in a vegan meal. And sea vegetables are just the closest I’ll get to touching fish. So with these two components at the ready, I decided to try my hand at my own version of “surf n’ turf” — vegan, raw, and healthful.

This salad is wonderful. Really. It’s salty, savory, and fun to eat. Mix the seaweed around with the kale and mushrooms, and you’ll happen upon lovely, intermittent pockets of flavor. Mushrooms, along with my hempesan, provide an earthiness, while the seaweed gives it a delicate and salty touch. The kale, meanwhile, is crunchy and a great contrast to the rest of the meal.

Note: every time I post a sea veggie recipe, someone asks if there’s a substitute to be had, since he or she hates seaweed. Sorry guys: the sea-veggie flavor is a fundamental component to this dish. So if you’re not into dulse or wakame, I’d say you’ll be missing out!

The process:

Gena’s Surf n’ Turf Salad (serves one VERY hungry person)


1/2 bunch curly kale
1/3 cup each: shredded carrot, cabbage, zucchini
7 grams (or so) each: wakame, dulse, arame
1 portobello cap
3-4 tbsp hempesan
1 1/2 + 1 tbsp olive or hemp oil (separated)
2 tbsp nama shoyu
1 + 2 tbsp lemon juice (separated)
1 tsp toasted sesame oil


1) The night before eating: mix 1 1/2 tbsp olive or hemp oil, 2 tbsp lemon, 2 tbsp nama shoyu, and 1 tsp sesame oil together. Slice portobello and submerge it in the marinade, leaving it overnight.

2) The next day, remove mushroom from marinade, storing it in the fridge. Reserve the marinade.

3) Soak your seaweed (wakame, dulse, arame) in water for at least 1-2 hours. Rinse. Transfer the seaweed to your leftover marinade, and let it soak for at least an hour. When it’s done, remove seaweed and place it in a sieve; press gently to squeeze out excess marinade. Discard the marinade that’s left, or save it for something you’ll marinade right away; there should still be quite a bit of it.

4) Wash, rinse, spin, and chop the kale. Place it in a large bowl with the carrot, cabbage, and zucchini, and then massage the whole thing with 1 tbsp lemon, 1 tbsp hemp or olive oil, a salt and pepper to taste. Add a little drizzle of agave if you’d like to. Set aside.

5) Top the kale salad with half of the seaweed (you can save the other half for another meal!) and the mushroom. Sprinkle 3-4 tbsp hempesan over the whole thing.

6) Dinner is served.

Talk about treasures from land and sea. This salad is packed with nutrients: rich in iodine, vitamin K, folate, and B vitamins from the sea veggies; vitamins A + K, iron, and calcium from the kale; and protein, essential fatty acids, and more B vitamins from the hempesan, not to mention additional fatty acids if you use hemp oil.

In other words, this salad is a whole lot more nourishing than the fried, butter slathered original dish — at least in my book. So the next time the CEO of your company waxes poetic about the steak+lobster plate at a business dinner, you can smile inwardly, confident that you’ve got an even healthier alternative up your sleeve.

Hope you all get a chance to make this one soon!

Before I go, a lil’ giveaway for you all! I’m sure quite a few of you have seen giveaways for a $50 shopping spree on iHerb already. Well, I’m joining the bandwagon: Abby, over at iHerb, was kind enough to offer me a sample shopping spree of my own ($50 worth) and an additional giveaway to one of my lucky readers! What’s iHerb? It’s a no fuss, no gimmicks online supplement store, featuring everything from “superfoods” to baking goods that are allergy friendly. Other stuff that makes iHerb special:

1) 95% of Orders placed before 1 pm, PST, ship the same day.
2) Free Domestic UPS Ground Shipping for Orders over $40
3) Free International Airmail Shipping for Orders over $60 and 3 lbs or less
4) They sell products for up to 50% off suggested retail prices
5) They carry close to 19,000 products that include vitamins, herbal supplements, health food and personal care items

What did I purchase in my shopping spree? I picked up some of my fave MegaZymes enzymes; some almond flour, which I’ve been meaning to try out; and some probiotics. Basically, my supplements of choice. The items arrived almost immediately, which was a major plus!

If you’d like a chance to pick up some goodies on iHerb, here’s the deal:

1) Leave a comment on this post, saying one supplement or product you might like to try
2) For an additional entry, tweet the contest or link to it on your blog, and tell me you did

That’s it! Winner will be announced next Monday, May 10th. In the meantime, if you simply can’t wait to shop on iHerb, go ahead and use the code UGE458 at checkout, which will get you a $5 discount.

Good luck!

And finally, before I go, Diana recently reminded me that I forgot to announce a winner to my Sun in Bloom giveaway. D’oh!!! I’ve been so distracted lately. The winner of a complimentary entree at Sun in Bloom is #59 — my friend and soon to be hot mama Lauren!!!! I am so happy to pass this on to her. Congrats, Lauren! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the restaurant.

OK, kids. I’ve got lots to do this Sunday. For now, peace!


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  1. I would love to buy some larabars or amazing grass bars- I’ve been working back to eating all raw and I could use some good raw snacks! Going to tweet now!!

  2. This is a great giveaway! I’ve shopped at iHerb twice before and they are great! If I get the giveaway I’d buy some Stevia! We don’t have stevia (or agave or anything like that) in Sweden, and as I don’t eat sugar, it makes life a bit boring. Thus I would buy Stevia and make some great cookies during the summer. Yum!

  3. I would love to try so much of their stuff, but I think my top pick would be chia seeds!

  4. I’d love to try their Apple Cider Vinegar products, both the bottled and the capsules. Also, that salad looks AMAZING.

  5. I still haven’t tried nutritional yeast. There’s so many great recipes out there that call for it, and I’d love to try it!

  6. Hello Gena!

    I have been enjoying your blog page since I found you through a recipe on You have provided an inspiration in your simple approach to raw food preperation!

    I could not wait to use the iherb discount. I purchased and recomment Betaine HCl. I usually get Source Naturals brand but it is not in stock. I am trying the Now brand which got very nice reveiws. This product really helps me break down meals heavy in nuts. . .which I do sometimes enjoy. I am not a vegan, so if I share some sushi with my hubby, I pop a tablet for ease in digestion. It helps with the breakdown of proteins. I could go on and on. . .just check it out! It has been a wonderful product I swear by.

    Once again, I send thanks for sharing your blog with the world!

    With Gratitude,

  7. Oh man so many options and things to get off my NEED items list and iHerb totally looks like is where its at! I really am in need of a good probiotic! I want to try Dr. Ohhira’s…I’ve tried many, none real impressed with. I need a good multivitamin too, being newly vegan I’ve been not feeling so well at times..really thinking I need to start supplementing! Such things are hard to afford sometimes but iHerb is an awesome site Thanks so much Gena=)

  8. I really need to get some multi-vitamins as I’m out or even soon get more probiotics and have been wanting to try Dr. Ohhira’s. But I would change my mind at last minute and most likely get some raw cacao powder and maybe a bag of Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infusion and some liquid stevia.

  9. Loved all the salad ideas on the other post–thanks!

    I would buy chia seeds (I go through them so quickly), nutritional yeast and maca powder.

  10. I’d pick chia seeds, Since I’m addicted to them.
    I loved this post. Both my parents are Egyptian, so I didn’t grow up eating a typical American diet either. I never had tuna casserole until I was 30 and my husband made it for dinner one night. Turns out I wasn’t missing out. Not a casserole fan.

  11. I’d really be interested in the chia seeds…I’ve seen recipes for chia seed pudding all over the blogosphere, and after extensive research (ancient Aztec superfood?!), I have deemed it worthy to possibly help sustain me as I complete an ashtanga-based yoga teacher training program starting in June. 🙂

    PS: That salad looks deliciously pretty.

  12. I would love to try Chia Seeds, I’ve been reading so much about them but I haven’t picked them up yet.

  13. I want that salad! From iherb, new chapter prenatals (fingers crossed) and I’ve been wanting to try digestive enzymes, no particular brand…

  14. I’d love to try chia seeds, cacao nibs, or coconut oil. I’ve heard SUCH good things about so many items on the site though… it’s hard to choose!!

  15. I would love to try the brewer’s yeast and raw cacao powder. The cacao powder for making vegan brownies and treats for the kids.

  16. I would like to try the jarrow brand of brown rice protein powder. Its not sprouted but it looks like a good deal.

  17. hey, there are so many products I still haven’t tried like nutritional yeast, maca powder, chlorella .. would be happy to order 🙂

  18. I would also get some probiotics. I’ve been having a problem with candida overgrowth and need to get my digestive tract back in shape.

  19. I would definitely be down for testing out bee pollen. I’m also frightfully interested in turmeric as a supplement. Woo hoo!

  20. So hard to choose, but I really want to try nutritional yeast! and raw cacao would definetly be in that order too 🙂

  21. I would absolutely love to try maca powder! I’ve heard many great things about, and it’s one of those things I”ve always wanted to buy. Thanks so much!

  22. Lucky me that I love the taste of seaweed! I discovered Dulse through your blog (blt sandwiches) and it is currently my favorite seaweed. And I’m a big fan of the portabellas, so I do plan on making this dish soon. Although I must admit that I have never before heard of surf n’ turf. Maybe it’s an east coast thing? Because we don’t really eat much fish and chips either over here in California. Or maybe I’m just in the wrong scene for this business.

    I would love to try probiotics or sunflower lecithin (I’ve heard about it from everyone’s favorite raw twins).

    And I send out the sincerest sympathies to your family and the family of you mom’s boyfriend’s son.

  23. I’ve been really wanting to try maca powder and spirulina, but they’re so expensive! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. I’ve been SO incredibly inspired by your blog! I’m just starting on my raw and vegan journey, so I’ll go with chia seed, some vegan protein powder, or raw cacao!
    love and peace for all that you do!

  25. Oooh how fun! If I won I would definitely want to try Amazing Grass… I’ve heard so much about it recently!
    Surf n’ Turf looks awesome btw. Totally craving some marinated portobellos now! 🙂

  26. I would definitely stock up on my Amazing Grass and Spirulina! Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. i still haven’t tried chia seeds! i like them in fruition bars, but want them for overnight oats!

  28. I would live to try the Sun Warrior Rice Protein powder…it’s just been a bit out of my price range.

  29. I heart raw cacao, so that’s at the top of my list. But I would also splurge on some lucuma since it’s not available at my local store.

  30. I have been wanting to try some chia seeds FOREVER and this gift would be just the motivation! 😉

  31. I would love to try some digestive enzymes…I have recently switched to part time raw vegan food (3-4 days a week) and my digestive system is still getting adjusted (read: Lots of gas!)

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  32. I need to make this, stat. I’ve been waiting for a hearty salad like this, and I think the boy might even eat it because of the shroomies!

    If I win the giveaway, I will re-stock on my seaweeds. I miss them 🙁

  33. I plan to try this recipe later this week– I love portabellos and seaweed, and I’ve been meaning to use up the last bit of my package of wakame. 😀 I’d love to use iHerb to replenish my collection of beloved sea vegetables.

  34. I am really interested in trying Amazing Meal or another form of supplement or enzyme to help with my digestion 🙂

  35. I would stock up on lotion. Iherb carries my daughter’s lotion for a fraction of the price of the stores.

  36. That salad looks so amazing!

    On to the giweaway, i’d definitely get some raw
    nuts. I haven’t ever tried nooch so that would also be on my list, too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Thanks so much for the opportunity! One thing I’d want to try for sure is the Amazing Grass Chocolate Powder! I’ve heard so many great reviews.

  38. I would like to try maca powder and several bath and body products from Avalon Organics.

    Also, that salad looks delicious. I became a vegetarian before ever trying the steak & shrimp ‘surf-n-turf’ but this salad is something I definitely plan on trying!

  39. I would love to try some Zia Natural Skincare and Kiss My Face products. I have some skin problems, and hate the idea of using processed chemicals on my face (how often we forget how dangerous lathering chemicals on our largest organ can be!) but all natural skin care can sometimes be prohibitively expensive on my grad student budget 🙁

  40. I’d definitely get some new probiotics. I’m also really into greens right now. I’d love to get some green powders, as well as cacao and chia powders. It’s hard to get that stuff out in bumfk PA where I live!

    I’m tweeting this, btw! Thanks for the recipe. I just picked up some wakame at this Asian market the other day. Now I know how to use it! 🙂

  41. I’d love to try out some hemp seed and oil i’ve heard they are so high in healthy fats.

  42. Never was a fan of surf-and-turf, but I’m trying this dish — looks very tasty!

    I would looooove to try probiotics! I hear nothing but raves about them and everyone who uses them swears by their greatness.

  43. I love iherb and actually have ordered from them a few times. I would love to order the Vega Complete Whole Food Optimizer! I’ve been dying to try it, but it’s on the expensive side.

  44. I’d like to try hemp seeds, liquid stevia and Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics (they are highly recommended) Peace and sunshine~

  45. I’m so glad they have such a wide variety of gluten-free foods – even cookbooks! I’d have to pick up some almond flour and maybe the Almond Flour cookbook too!

  46. I am really interested in trying the glucosamine Joint Builders. I suffer from chronic Lyme Disease as well as having had a bone transplant. One of the big side effects of both is chronic joint pain. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

  47. I would like to try Iherb and try something new that I’ve never had before! 🙂

  48. I would really like to stock up on some supplements to help me heal my damaged gut, supplements are so expensive so this would be awesome! Thank you 🙂

  49. I’d love to try Sun Warrior protein.. I’m not much of a supplements girl, but I keep hearing people talk about it!

  50. I’d like to give those probiotics a try. I’ve been using the same brand for a couple years and I think my body is ready for a change!

  51. Greetings from Norway!

    Thank you again Gena for such an inspiring web page! I go to it every day, and have several times recommended it to friends of mine.

    The product I would love to get from iherb is Dr Ohhira`s probiotics and/or bee yummy skin food. Both great products that I can`t get hier in my country, and that would normally be too expensive to import ( because of toll issues).

  52. I don’t have a juicer yet, so in addition to all of the greens I eat, I’d love to try out the MacroLife Macro Greens supplement!!

  53. THis dish looks so yummy! I totally have those dwindling bags of sea veggies in my pantry. Is there a way to make it w/o the oil or less oil? I don’t like to cook w/ any oil.

    The hemp seeds sound interesting from iherb…

  54. so I’m reading while planning our meals for the week and making my grocery list and your surf and turf is perfect, can’t wait to taste it, thanks for sharing your recipe genius!
    I’d love to win the iherb giveaway, I’d also like to try almond flour, I think I’d also order our veg DHA flax oil and my raw b12.

  55. One supplement I have been meaning to try is the Bragg Liquid Aminos. I’ve noticed a lot of raw recipes call for it so I’d like to give it a try but sometimes it’s hard to avoid additional supplements on the pesky student budget I’m on, so this would be a great opportunity!

    And Mmmm I can’t wait to try out your new recipe, I love me some sea veggies.

  56. I would like to try stevia and also maca powder….maybe some hemp seeds, too.

    Thanks for the great surf and turf recipe…. looks yummy!

  57. I’d love to try the stevia liquid drops, & probiotics as well! Your “surf n’ turf” looked delicious too 🙂

  58. Greetings! This blog has been a great resource for me, as a vegan starting to get interested in raw foods. Thanks for everything, Gena!

    I am a college student, and an energy junky, so I really adore green-drink. I have been looking for a raw version forever, and they have one on IHerb… Sun Warrior, Ormus Supergreens. It is, “Made from the purest probiotic greens grown on high altitude volcanic rich soil” and…it is RAW!


  59. I’ve been wanting to try iHerb for ages now. I would probably buy raw blue agave and maybe spirulina.

    also tweeted (twitter id: @mayybeme)

  60. I’m weary of buying groceries online, but I’ve heard of iHerb several times now and it sounds like a great online service! I just got a high powered blender, and I’d love to get some green smoothie upgrades, like spirulina, xanthum/guar gums, and hemp seeds.

  61. Would love to try Sun Warrior Protein Powder… I’ve heard so much about it and this would be the perfect opportunity to check it out!

  62. Wow, what a fantastic giveaway! I’d probably focus on getting some shampoo, conditioner and skin care. I’ve been doing great diet-wise (organic, local, etc.) but I’m having a hard time with the expense of all-natural beauty products. Fingers crossed!

  63. I can’t even decide what I’d get at iHerb – green supplement for my morning smoothies, chia sees, raw cacao, or a protein powder!

  64. Hmm I think I’d like to try some kind of acai concoction. I think I’m the only one on this planet who hasn’t tried acai yet!

  65. Cool contest, Gena! I’d love to try some raw agave nectar — I’ve cut way back on sweets and sugar, so this would be a nice treat.

    Also, love, love, love your take on surf n’ turf. I’m going to make sure I grab some portabella mushrooms this week so I can try it (thankfully, I have everything else already). Yum!

  66. hi gena! i am greek too, i guess i never knew that you were 🙂
    from iherb, i would stock up on stevia drops, anything coconut and lots of free samples! thanks so much for offering this.

  67. AWESOME POST! This meal is right up my alley! YUM. I am absolutely trying this ASAP. Love your vegan take on “surf & turf.” 🙂

    So many things at iHerb look great! Those enzymes you snagged sound like something I’d pick up!

  68. I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds for quite some time; I hear they’re great in oatmeal!

  69. Awesome giveaway! This was tough, but I’d probably go with the SunWarrior Protein Powder. I am constantly playing around with different post-workout smoothies and would like to give the Vanilla powder a spin. I’m currently in love with their Ormus green powder! Thanks, Gena!

  70. I have been dying to try Sun Warrior protein powder forever, but it’s just out of my budget. This would be the perfect opportunity to do so!

  71. Wow – what an awesome giveaway!

    I browsed the iHerb website for almost an HOUR – talk about a lot of choices :). I’d really like to try one of the HealthForce Nutritionals products – I’ve heard their powders are great to add into green smoothies.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  72. That salad looks absolutely heavenly. Yum.

    There are so many things I would like to try on iHerb like raw cacao, stevia, and maca powder.

  73. Your surf and turf left me drooling! I would use the certificate to buy spirulina. I’ve never had it before, and have been wanting to try it for some time now!

  74. Thank you for doing this giveaway! If I win, I will buy chia seeds, vegan protein powder, and Navitas Naturals raw cacao powder.

  75. I would love to try some maca powder – so curious about it. I’d also love to order a big tub of green powder.

  76. i would love to buy some protein powder or wheat grass!!! a girl can never have too much greens :]

  77. I would totally upgrade many of my personal care items to Avalon Organics (versus the cheap, toxic junk I often buy with coupons) from iHerb!

  78. Way to take the elements on Surf n’ Turf and transform it into something awesome. Great concept. (-: I love sea veggies, but rarely do I find a unique recipe to use them in. (However, I never mind tossing some good ol’ dulse onto my soup or salad.) Looking forward to giving this recipe a go.

    Thanks for the giveaway offer! I’ve actually been interested in trying Arame and Hijiki seaweeds, which are both available on iHerb. (Hijiki is a tad pricier than most sea vegetables… but I’ve been curious about it!) Those two items would be the first things to hop into my iHerb cart.

  79. Great salad idea! I especially like the way you marinated both the mushroom and the seaweed. I’d like to put in my entry for the giveaway- I saw they had raw cacao powder, which would be the first thing in my cart!

  80. I would love to try pretty much anything from Iherb, since i don’t really have the funds or desire as a college student to actually go out and spend at those expensive superfood stores. I need to try hemp, because I have never had it…. Also, your salad looks incredible, and I love sea veg; and I mean LOVE. Deliciousness!

  81. I’d like to order some hemp seed. By the way, I went to their site to place an order with you coupon code mentioned above, but their site is telling me it’s invalid?

  82. I’ve developed some hormonal problems (ovarian cysts, breast pain, etc.), so I would like to try some supplements for women’s health.

  83. my iherb orders alway consist of many viles of NuNaturals Alcohol-Free Strevia, and occasionally Dr. Ohira’s probiotics.

  84. I’m so intrigued by the marinade for the portobello! Gotta try it.

    The product I’m most interested in trying right now is the Omegazyme supplement. IHerb looks like a great site.

  85. I would love to try the digestive enzymes & probiotics! I’m also thinking of trying a prebiotic. Something for the belly. 🙂

    Great post, the food looks so yum! I love mushrooms!

  86. Totally ditto to Averie’s comment about this meal “looking” like you! If I just saw a picture of this and was asked to name the blogger, Gena it would be! Real life, never tried surf ‘n’ turf, but I’d totally try this, even though I don’t know how I feel about sea veggies.

    I once considered ordering nutritional yeast off of iHerb, so that’s the first thing off the top of my head I think I’d buy.

  87. Mmmm sea veggies!

    iHerb looks like a neat resource. I’d love to get some raw maca powder.

  88. LOVE iherb! I’d buy my Jarrow vegan probiotic capsules and a million other things I “need”…ya know, that I am too frugal to pop for if I didnt win 🙂

    Vegan Surf n turf looks like SUCH a Gena-inspired meal. You know how some bloggers have foods that just “look like them”, well I think Heabs, Mama Pea, you, all have “your” dishes and it just struck me that on this one that it looks very Gena-esque. Sorry super random comment. But yeah, surf n turf in a restaurant is usually gag-worthy and reminds me of 1986 family vacays to Ft. Lauderdale.

    Love how the acid from the lemon is softening and “cooking” the shroom. Gosh I love this one, Gena!

  89. this site is pretty rad, i’m glad you introduced me to it. if i were to win i’d probably buy some chia seeds, since i’ve always wanted to try them but never got around to it. i’m not really sure past that, i haven’t fully explored the site.

  90. I would definitely try one of their probiotics for IBS.

    Your meal looks delicious! You’re so creative; I can never think of anything to that tastes good thrown together like that.

  91. Well I’m fresh out of brown rice protein so I could use some extra dough to restock! Fun giveaway. And glad to hear Lauren won the SIB! Can’t wait to have her try it. I was there for lunch today with Katherine and Sebastian and it was damn tasty, as usual.

    You are so clever with this Surf n Turf business! Love it. It never occurred to me that Surf n Turf could totally be vegan. Duh! Nice creativity, ma’am. It looks great.

    And I need to put myself to bed before I write any more platitudes out of sheer delirium.

  92. Great take of Surf n’ Turf, Gena! I have all the goods except hemp seeds to make the hempesan, so actually, if I were to win your iHerb giveaway I’d get myself some hemp seeds. I’ve never tried hemp seeds, but heard nothing but good things. I’d also like try chia seeds, which I see is also available on iHerb. Thanks for hosting this excellent giveaway!

  93. MegaZymes enzymes would be on my list–I’ve tried several different ones and have not been overly thrilled. I’d like to try something new:)

  94. Love the look of that meal. Anything with mushrooms gets thumbs up from me. iherb? I’ve been following their giveaways around the blog world! Would love to win it. So many things I would love to try. I think starting with chia seeds. I’ve heard so much about them lately.

  95. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

    I’d like to try some green powder, like the Garden of Life RAW Super Green Formula.

  96. I’ve never had raw mushrooms yet..maybe it’s time for me to give it a try. The salad looks great!

    I just checked and it looks really cool. They have the nunaturals stevia and a little something else that I want. wooohooo!

  97. I would try the maca and the sun warrior protein. I have been excited to try these and this gift would make it that much easier!

  98. I’d like to try some digestive enzymes. I just picked up the MegaZyme brand that you recommend, but I’d like to try others also. Or I’d try the SunWarrior raw protein powder.

  99. I’m deffinately gonna try this awesome salad. I was never much into surf n’ turf, but this sounds great!

    I’d love to try some blue green algae to add to a smoothie or something of the sort.
    I really need to try a new take on my morning smoothies because lately I’ve been waaaay too tired in school.

    Thanks a bunch Gena!

  100. This salad looks delicious! Much better than actual surf n turf! Too bad I can’t eassily find kelp in my area… And did you know that eating mushrooms that have been exposed to direct sunlight can boost your vitamin D intake?

  101. Gena!
    That looks absolutely delicious. I have been craving sea-veggies and now i know why, because of all the vitamins. Glad i read this before heading to whole foods for some groceries.
    If i were to win the contest, i would definitely get some KELP NOODLES!
    I had a bite of a friends in a raw restaurant a while back, and i have been dying to get some. I have read tons of recipes on all the different things you can eat them with.
    and of course something sweet to finish them with 😉

  102. i would totally get sun warrior brown rice protein powder! i’ve been dying to try it!

  103. Ooooo, so many choices… I’d love to try spirulina, which I’ve never tried before, and also cocoa nibs which I have tried but that are so expensive that I would never buy them on my own!

  104. Yum that salad looks so good with the portobellos!!

    I’d get some almond flour, and probably some gluten free things. Maybe some more enzymes or probiotics, and some raw iron.

  105. My mom keeps telling me how great chia seeds are, but on a college student budget, I’ve been too cheap to buy them so far :p I’d also probably go for clif bars – my favorite pre-race snack!

    (i’m also posting the contest link on my twitter- rlk_117)

    Thanks, Gena!

  106. I’d like to try some of the Avalon Organics hair cars products. I’ve seen them in local stores, but at nearly 3x the price of what’s advertised on iHerb. And since I have a lot of hair, I go through conditioner fast!

  107. Hey Gina, I enoyed your post on Surf and Turf. While reading I realized your description of your childhood diet was very very similar to my own. I’m Italian-first generation Canadian, my parents came here in ’62 and I am now 43 years old. Anyway, althougbh not perfect (nutella and bottled lemon juice) my pantry was definitely not filled with processed foods typical of the 1970s-1980s and my parents ALWAYS cooked from scratch. Which makes me wonder how you and I and others in similar situations could have developed GI issues. Somehow I always thought I was immuned because I didn’t have an overly processed diet. Any thoughts?

  108. Hey Gina, I enoyed your post on Surf and Turf. while reading I realized your description of your childhood diet was very very similar to my own. I’m Italian-first generation Canadian, my parents came here in ’62 and I am noq 43 years old. Anyway, althougbh not perfect (nutella and bottled lemon juice) my pantry was definitely not filled with processed foods like my friends and my parents ALWAYS

  109. I’d love to try one of the mesquite products and I’d just have to get some chia seeds!

  110. I haven’t wanted to even think of kale salads since this all day sickness started, but this post has turned me! I am totally craving a big kale salad again! YAY!! 🙂

    My fam was similar, we didn’t have junk..ever. Soda..NEVER and nothing too processed. My mother loves cooking so it was always home cooked dishes for us. I am so proud of that!

  111. I’d love to try some chia seeds and maca powder! I’ve been curious for soo long!

  112. I would love to try the probiotics you buy!! I haven’t found a good brand yet 🙁

  113. I used to work at a retirement home restaurant and they often had surf and turf. All the seniors loved it. Ick. I love a good sea veggie and shroom combo!

    I would get my Garden of Life supplements from Iherb: raw iron, multi, and calcium.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  114. This recipe looks fantastic!

    I’d like to try some Stevia, but I have no idea what brand, I’m open to recommendations. I have to admit I haven’t liked the flavour of anything I’ve tried that has stevia added – I’m sensitive to the aftertaste – but I want to give it a try in my own kitchen before I give up on it…

  115. I love your healthy recipes! Everything look so delicious! I would love to try almond flour. I just recently discovered I’m allergic to gluten and am trying to find new products to cook with.

  116. sounds like a fantastic salad! i’d never heard of surf and turf. your version of what sounds like an otherwise nasty meal looks so gooooooood.

    at iherb, i would love to try fungi perfecti’s reishi veggie caps (: i have long yearned to try the power of mushrooms to balance me out emotionally, which reishi has been said to do. good luck to everyone!

  117. Hi Gena.
    I enjoy hemp seeds, but they are very very expensive. So maybe that would be worth the money. I tried hemp seed butter recently too and that is good. Not great…but good!

  118. Terrific looking surf n’turf salad! Great giveaway too.

    I’d like the cod liver oil (recommended for my son, who’s veggie, by his ND) or chia seeds!

  119. Vitamin D! I’m a graduate student and frequently stuck indoors at a desk for days at a time. I need some more liquid sunshine. Okay, I need some ACTUAL sunshine, but I also need to supplement.

  120. As part of my quest to be dairy-free, I would LOVE to get some Acidophilus capsules so I have no reason not to kick my Greek yogurt habit!

  121. I would love to try the nutritional yeast or almond flour! Both of which I haven’t had a chance to purchase/try yet.

  122. i love the idea for this salad! i’m totally bookmarking it :).

    i would love to try maca and get chia seeds. they’re so hard to find!

    have a lovely day!

  123. great salad!

    i would love to try almond flour too and cihaseeds are ggreat since they are so expensive!

  124. That looks so yummy! I’d love to try some Vega products for my upcoming marathon training.

  125. I’d like to try some chia seeds as I’ve not found them in my area of the UK yet, I’d also like to try some of the green powders I see people stirring into all kinds of things on vegan blogs!

  126. Hi Gena!
    Well I hadn’t heard of Surf-and-Turf, but it sounds pretty gross to me. Your salad looks and sounds great! Sadly, I did grow up with Pop-Tarts, Doritos, soda and all the processed junk. You were very lucky to not have that in your house.

    I love this give-a-way because I’m very limited to what I can find. I live in a pretty isolated, rural area so I have to order EVERYTHING online. I’d like to get some Chia Seeds. I’ve been reading about them for months, but haven’t tried them. I also would like to get some decent glucosamine.

    I’m just starting a blog and this gives me a great topic to talk about. I’ll make sure to put a link to this post.

  127. what a great recipe and a great giveaway! i have ordered from iHerb before…their site is awesome! i would love to get some hemp oil!

  128. So many things but tops are chia seeds, meca and sun warrior protein. Great giveaway thanks so much for the chance!

  129. Wow, those portobellos look amazing…

    I would love to try almond flour, especially since I am trying a gluten free week…

  130. This is so cliche but I would love to try chia seeds. They look like magic beads

  131. i have a gluten allergy and good quality gluten free products are so hard to find where i live! so, i would definitely use the gift certificate towards any of their gluten free brands. bob’s red mill, especially! 🙂

  132. I’m thinking I would either get some hemp seeds or hemp oil – both are hard to come by in my grocery stores and things I either have tried and loved (the seeds) or have wanted to try (the oil). 🙂

  133. Oh man I’d love to win this, I am in desperate need of many items including some Healthforce Zeo Force as I’m about to embark on a full-month full-body detox program.

  134. Well, since I don’t particularly like mushrooms or sea veggies – yet – I don’t think I’ll be making this particular dish in the near future. But I’ll file it away for the future, after I’ve learned to like those things. I have full confidence in my taste buds’ ability to adapt. 🙂

    Meanwhile…. WOW! What a cool website! Lots and lots I’d love to order. Right now, the Navitas Naturals Greens Twister Power Vanilla/Almond flavor is catching my eye. That looks like something I could mix with just water for a quick chlorophyll boost… and not gag doing it. Plus, I just love Navitas Naturals products. 🙂 I’d love to have $50 to play with there… Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  135. I would order chia seeds. Can’t really get them in Germany.
    Oh and steel cut oats. Believe it or not but you can’t get them here at all (I heard rumours that there is one shop in Berlin who has them though)

  136. Sounds like a nice salad, and I now want to try some hempesan!
    I actually haven’t had hemp before, so that’s what I’d get – hemp protein.

  137. hi gena! thanks for holding this awesome giveaway! one supplement i’d love to try is spirulina. i’ve heard wonderful things about it and although I don’t think it’s some kind of silver bullet to great health, I do think it will add an extra boost to my regimen 🙂

  138. I’ve thought about ordering stuff from iHerb before, but they have so much to choose from — I got overwhelmed just looking through the teas. I know I’d order cocoa nibs, though…and tea!

  139. Awesome concept. 🙂 Can’t wait to try that marinade, sounds SO very tasty. And I’m really enjoying your “hempesan” on everything from pasta to salads.

    I would definitely stock up on some of the Nordic Naturals omega oils as I use these everyday!

  140. I’m going on a 6 week camping trip as a part of my geology degree this summer and I’d love to stock up on probiotics or a multi-vitamin before I leave!

  141. I’d like to try some wheat grass in my smoothies! I haven’t had any yet, but I’ve seen it on a lot of blogs :-).

  142. I’d also like to purchase chia seeds, I’ve never had them before but have heard such great things! I’d also like to get cocoa nibs as well 🙂

  143. I’ve never heard of Surf N’Turf but it sounds like meat overload indeed. Your salad sounds tasty! I haven’t ventured that far into sea veggies yet (they intimidate me). Arame is pretty good but dulse is a big yuckkk lol. I’ll have to give wakame a try!

    I like this giveaway! I’ve always wanted to try pea protein 😀