Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I'll have mine raw, please

There is nothing better than devouring your favorite tasty foods and truly feeling like you've nourished your body when you're done. I made this recipe for dinner last night, and although I swapped out the walnut taco mix for black beans and red quinoa, it was still almost completely raw and tasted better than any cheesy faux food we almost ordered in. I'm always happy when I take the time to cook, and Sarah from My New Roots never lets me down. I plan to try out the walnut mix next time since I will definitely be making this again... probably this weekend. It's seriously delicious. I will never have sour cream again from the plastic container! Give it a try and let all of the goodness of these super foods make your taste buds dance! 

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Raw TacosInspired by Matt Amsden’s recipe in Rawvolution
Yes, I’ll admit that the ingredient list for this recipe seems rather long, but trust me, it’s worth it. Everything comes together surprisingly fast and if you’re really pressed for time, just make what you can. The important thing to try here is the Walnut Taco Mix, because even if you don’t get around to the other stuff, you will be blown away by how tasty and satisfying it is. Use it in other recipes too – and maybe replace that ground beef for a change? 
Walnut Taco Mix
1 cup raw walnuts
1 Tbsp. nama shoyu (raw, unpasteurized soy sauce)
1/8 tsp. ground chipotle pepper (or more if you like it spicy!)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse just to mix. Don’t over-blend, or you will end up with walnut butter!
Cashew “Sour Cream” 
½ cup raw cashews
juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
5 Tbsp. water (approx.)
1. Put all ingredients except water in a high speed blender or food processor and blend, adding water one tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. If you want a thick cream, use less water, for a thinner sauce, use more. (You will not achieve a perfectly smooth sauce with a food processor, but it is still delicious!)
Raw Salsa 
1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
½ red bell pepper, chopped fine
½ orange or yellow bell pepper, chopped fine
½ red onion or 4 green onions, minced
¼ cup chopped cilantro
½ clove garlic, minced
juice of ½ lime
1 tsp. raw honey
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
pinch of sea salt
1. Whisk the garlic, lime juice, honey, olive oil and sea salt in the bottom of a bowl and set aside.
2. Cut up the veggies into rather small pieces, chop the cilantro and add everything to the dressing bowl. Fold to combine and let sit for at least 10 minutes to allow the flavours to meld.
Other Raw Taco elements:
ripe avocados (about ½ per person)
cabbage, collard, kale, romaine, or spinach leaves
limes for squeezing
extra cilantro for sprinkling