Saturday, January 28, 2012

French Lentil and Carrot Salad

This is one of my all time favorite salads. Enjoy it over a bed of fresh greens with sliced avocado or by itself. This salad also packs well on days when you need to brown bag it.
3 cups baby carrots
3 stalks celery
1" cube fresh ginger, peeled
1 clove garlic
1 bunch parsley, stems removed

You can finely chop the ingredients listed above, or pulse them in a food processor. (If you use a food processor, it may be best to chop in two batches to avoid turning it to mush.) Once all the ingredients are finely chopped, put them in a large mixing bowl and add:
1 package Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils  
The following amounts are approximate:
the juice of one lemon
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Hawaiian pink salt crystals
fresh ground black pepper

As I said, these amounts are approximate, so stir it together, taste and see if you want more of anything. (Remember, the flavors will be stronger once it sits overnight in the refrigerator.) I also like to add about 1/2 tsp of Penzeys Sweet Curry.

This makes a pretty big batch, but the good new is that it keeps well in the refrigerator and if you're like me, once you taste it, you'll find yourself going back for more again and again.

Happy chopping!

Everyday Raw Express

I'm home from the grocery store with a big appetite, (make that a HUGE appetite,) a kitchen full of produce and some new ideas. I'm reading Matthew Kenney's Everyday Raw Express and hope to have something delicious to post in Naked Recipes soon. 

Wish me luck because as hungry as I am, I'm eating it, even if it's awful - Lol!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Weekend Raw Tacos

Raw Food a Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day by Erica Palmcrantz & Irmela Lilja

Lettuce Leaves (bibb-cups)

Filling ("meat")
1/2 c pistachios, soaked
1/2 c walnuts, soaked
1 carrot chopped
1/3 leek or 2-3 chives, chopped
2 teaspoons Nama Shoyu soy sauce
"Taco Spices" (salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cumin, etc.)
*Add all to food processor until mixed-well.

Sour Cream ("cheese")
1 c cashews
1/2 c water
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 leek or 1 chive
1 tablespoon basil, chopped
1 tablespoon dill, chopped
salt to taste
*Add all to food processor and pulse until smooth-ish!

Other "fillings"
tomatos, corn, peppers, cucumbers, celery, onion, jalapenos, etc.

Raw Pad Thai

From Natalia Rose's The Raw Food Detox Diet

Raw Pad Thai: (4 servings)

3 c red cabbage, shredded
2 large carrots, julienned
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
1 large zucchini, julienned
3 young coconuts (meat) sliced into long noodles**
½ cup raw cashews
1 cup Raw “Peanut” Sauce
I top it off with chopped green onions, jalapeƱos and a wedge of lime

** I am not 100% raw so use soba noodles instead

Raw “Peanut” Sauce: (makes 2 cups)
1 cup raw almond butter
2 tbs fresh chopped ginger
½ c water (to thin)
4 tbs fresh lemon juice
¼ c maple syrup
3 tbs Nama Shoyu soy sauce
4 ts sesame oil
2-3 cloves of garlic
½ Serrano chile (or JalapeƱo pepper)
*Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth