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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Zucchini Noodles with Cil"raw"nto Pesto Sauce



 Zucchini Noodles 
with 
Cil"raw"nto Pesto Sauce



noodles ingredients:


  • zucchini (2 per person)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 pinch himalayan pink salt
 



Cil"raw"nto pesto sauce ingrtedients:


  • 3 or 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (optional, not a raw food product)
  • 1/4 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • cracked black pepper corns (to taste)

garnish:

 
  • diced tomato (seeds removed)
  • fresh cilantro leaves


preparation steps:



1. spiral zucchini, drizzle with olive oil, lime juice, and salt - toss and set aside
 

2. add garlic to a running food processor fitted with an S blade and process until minced fine
 

3. add cilantro to food processor and pulse until rough chopped
 

4. add oil slowly while processor is running


5. add rest of pesto sauce ingredients to processor in order listed above, scraping side of processor bowl often

 
6. drain any excess liquid from spiraled zucchini noodles and serve pesto sauce over noodles

 
7. garnish with diced fresh tomato and cilantro leaves 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Raw"some Taco Plate

"Raw"some Taco Plate



ingredients for taco nut "meat":



  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 small red onion 
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seed
  • 1 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice


ingredients for taco plate:



  • 2 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • cilantro leaves and lime wedges for garnish
 


preparation steps:


1. place garlic in food processor (while running to mince fine) fitted with an S blade

2. add rest of nut "meat" ingredients one at a time in order listed above

3. fill lettuce boats with nut "meat" - you can also substitute yellow peppers instead of lettuce

 
4. garnish with diced red onion, sliced avocado, cilantro leaves and lime wedges






(Raw)diculously Delicious Chocolate Brownies (Raw)


(Raw)diculously Delicious Chocolate Brownies




ingredients:




  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 2 cups raw cacao
  • 2 cups medjool dates (pitted)
  • tiny pinch of himalayan pink salt
  • seeds from one fresh vanilla bean 



preparation steps:





1. place walnuts and tiny pinch of salt in a food processor fitted with an S blade 

2. process walnuts until fine and add cacao - process until blended well together

3. add pitted dates and vanilla and process until you have a smooth sticky dough


4. press dough firmly into a glass baking dish

5. place in freezer until ready to eat

6. cut into even squares

7. enjoy with a large glass of ice cold, homemade almond milk


Summer Squash Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and Marinated Portobella Mushrooms (Raw)


Summer Squash Spaghetti with 
Mar(raw)nar(raw) Sauce 
and
 Ma(raw)nated Portobello Mushrooms





spaghetti ingredients:

  • 4 summer squash (2 medium squash per person) 
  • 1 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

 

 

mar(raw)nar(raw) sauce ingredients :

  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 6 sundried tomatoes (bottled in extra virgin olive oil or if dried soaked in water)
  • 4 medium roma tomatoes 
  • 1 tsp cayenne (optional)
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp crushed dried fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 2 tsp raw agave syrup
  • fresh cracked black pepper corns (to taste) 
  • 2 tbsp cold pressed extra  virgin olive oil 


garnishes:

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional, not a raw food item)
  •  fresh basil leaves


marinated portobello mushrooms ingredients:


  • 4 large portobello mushroom caps
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic minced fine
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup (not a raw food item, raw agave syrup can be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup cold pressed extra  virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

preparation steps:



1. one day previous to meal: place portobello mushrooms and all other ma(raw)nated mushroom ingredients in a covered dish in refrigerator and let sit overnight - stir occasionally

2. just previous to meal: spiral summer squash-drizzle with olive oil and lemon, toss together and set aside

3. in a food processor fitted with an S blade add all sauce ingredients in the order listed above, process until consistency desired - I like my sauce slightly chunky 

4. drain excess liquid that may have formed in summer squash spaghetti and place on serving plates.

5. ladle sauce on top of spaghetti and garnish with chiffonaded fresh basil leaves and nutritional yeast 


6. slice ma(raw)nated  mushrooms and serve either on the side or directly on top of spaghetti
 

 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tu(not) Salad (Raw)

Raw Tu(not) Salad



ingredients:



  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (soaked overnight)
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp raw cider vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 small red onion (diced small)
  • 1 or 2 ribs of celery (diced small)
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 small pinch Himalayan pink salt
  • fresh ground black pepper (to taste


preparation Steps:



1. place garlic cloves in a food processor fitted with an S blade and process until garlic is minced fine



2. add sunflower seeds to food processor bowl and process until a smooth paste is formed-scraping sides of processor bowl often

  3. remove paste to a mixing bowl and add in the rest of the ingredients



4. serve as a sandwich, on lettuce boats with tomato slices,  sprouts, and chopped onion and cucumbers, or  with crudités and your favorite raw crackers

 


Coconut Almond Vanilla Macaroons (Raw)


Coconut Almond Vanilla
Maca(raw)oons



ingredients:


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup dried coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 vanilla bean seeds (scraped from pod)
  • 1 tiny pinch Himalayan pink salt 
  • 2 tbsp raw agave syrup


preparation steps:



 1. place all ingredients in a food processor fitted with an S blade

 


2. process until dough sticks together when pinched between your fingers

 

3. roll dough into small balls and place in refrigerator for at least one hour to set




Sesame Zucchini Noodles (Raw)


Ses(raw)me Zucchini Noodles



ingredients for noodles:

  • 3 medium zucchinis, spiralized



ingredients for sesame sauce:


  • 1 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw sesame tahini
  • 1/2 cup water (more or less for desired consistency)
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil (optional- not a raw food item)
  • 1 tbsp nama shoyu
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice (organic brown rice vinegar can be substituted)



preparation steps for sauce:



1. whisk together all sauce ingredients until smooth and creamy

2. pour over zucchini noodles and serve with matchstick carrots and cucumbers, sliced scallions and fresh cilantro leaves


3. garnish with a sprinkling of black sesame seeds


Key Lime Pie (Raw)


 Key Lime Pie


ingredients for the crust:

  • 1 cup mixed raw nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts and macadamia nuts)
  • 1 cup medjool dates (pitted)



preparation steps for crust:




1. place in food processor fitted with an S blade and process until dough holds together when pinched between your fingers

2. press dough firmly into the bottom of a spring form pan,  making sure to go partway up the sides of the pan

3. place in freezer while preparing filling


ingredients for the filling:

  • 3 large, ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • juice of two juicy limes
  • 1 or 2 drops of lime oil(optional)

preparation steps for filling:

1. place all filling ingredients in a food processor fitted with an S blade - process all filling ingredients until smooth - scraping sides of bowl

2. pour filling into spring form pan over crust and place in freezer for at least two hours - overnight is best (good luck with that!)

3. garnish with a sprinkling of dried coconut flakes and thinly sliced (I used a mandolin) limes