Category Archives: raw entrées and desserts

Dandelions: let food be your medicine

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photoLlegó la primavera y el amor!

I love spring time! I love the weather and to be able to witness nature yawning back to life. How beautiful!

When I walk in the mornings or when I go out and feed the pack of (former) stray cats in my backyard, I am welcomed by a flourish of colorful and aromatic aliveness. Bouganvillia and morning glory blooming, jasmines of all types sharing their equisite aroma… And my favorite: yes, the loyal dandelions. Most people want to kill them, because they feel they are “weeds,” but I love to forage them because they are locally and seasonally grown and they are FREE!!!! And, of course, they have amazing medicinal properties.

According to a post by David Metz, Certified Clinical Herbalist, “Dandelions: from weed to medicine,” these herbs have “been known for perhaps thousands of years as a springtime cleanser and rejuvenator. The young leaves are perfect in the spring to cleanse your liver, kick-start your kidneys and release the winter stagnancy out of your muscles and bones.”  He adds that they are also “a premier digestive aid,” easing ” indigestion, gas and bloating.” Moreover, the bitterness of the herb helps the liver to release built-up bile,  “making dandelion good for gallstones, gout, jaundice, constipation, acne and eczema.”

Dandelions are also used as diuretics and a “potent anti-inflammatory, a cholesterol reducer, a type 2 diabetes balancer, and a reducer of muscular pain and swelling.  These qualities are due to its cooling nature. “

So, I invite you to try these amazing plants. How can we eat them? Well, I make the most delicious salad; simple, tasty and stimulating. Enjoy!SAM_0345

Dandelion Greens Salad

1 bunch of thinly sliced dandelion greens

½ cup chopped mushrooms

3 chopped garlic cloves.

a handfull of cranberries

Dressing: olive oil, raw apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp. amino acids (Braggs) made with fermented soy beans.

Equipment: bowl, knife, chopping board

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Gluten* and sugar- free fruit and nut cookies-Galletas de frutas secas y nueces sin gluten* ni azúcar

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-DSC_1113smThis is a deliciously  healthy snack that can be dehydrated or baked

Ingredients

2 cups of assorted dry fruits (soaked 4-6 hours)
1 cup of pitted dates (soaked 4-6 hours)
1 cup of pecan nuts
1 cup of shredded/grated coconut
1 cup of flax seeds
1 cup of oat groats
2 tablespoons of raw agave nectar
Coconut oil to cover the cookie sheet

Preparation
Filter the water used to soak the dry fruits and dates and keep it.  Process the fruit and dates in the Cuisinart and place in a bowl. Frind the flax seeds and the oat groats and add to the bowl. Mix well, using the water used for soaking the fruits. Add chopped nuts, shredded coconut and the agave. Continue to blend and add the water as needed. The consistency should be firm, in order to shape the cookies. You can bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or dehydrate for 24 hours. Enjoy!

* thank you, Lorena, for your comment. Oats don’t have gluten naturally, but many times they are packed in facilities that handle other grains with gluten. Make sure to use uncontaminated oats to prepare this recipe.

 
Estas galletas son muy saludables, y se pueden hornear o deshidratar

Ingredientes
2 tazas de frutas secas variadas remojadas en agua filtrada por 4-6 horas.
1 taza de dátiles sin carozo remojadas en agua filtrada por 4-6 horas.
1 taza de nueces pecan (se pueden remojar también)
1 taza de coco rallado
1 taza de semillas de linaza
1 taza de granos de avena
2 cucharadas de nectar de agave
Aceite de coco para aceitar la asadera

Preparación
Filtre el agua que se usó para remojar las frutas secas y los dátiles y guárdela. Ponga las frutas y los dátiles en una procesadora y procese bien y pase a un bol. Muela las semillas de linaza y los granos de avena y agregue al bol. Mezcle bien usando el agua del remojo. Agregue las nueces picadas, el coco rallado y el agave. Siga mezclando y agregue agua cuando la necesite. La consistencia debe ser firme, para formar copos en la asadera. Aceite la asadera y ponga la masa en copos para hacer las galletas. Cocine en horno de 400 grados por 45 minutos.

* Gracias, Lorena, por tu comentario. Si bien la avena no tiene gluten naturalmente, muchas veces se empaqueta en establecimientos con otros granos que sí lo tienen. Para asegurarse de que la receta no tiene gluten, por favor, asegúrense de que la avena no ha sido contaminada.

Raw lunch: hors d’oeuvres, entrées, dessert

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Hors d’oeuvres

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Dehydrated Onion bread

1 cup of fermented rye (left over from the preparation of Rejuvelac)

1 cup of left-over veggie pulp from juicing

1 cup of ground flax seeds

1 cup of ground sunflower seeds

3 sliced large yellow onions

½ cup of Nama Shoyu

½ cup of olive oil

Thinly slice or chop the onions. Grind the flax and sunflower seeds and put them in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, including the onions. Mix well with your hands, massaging the mixture. Allow the mix to settle for 30 minutes. You will need a dehydrator for this. (Or you could put the batter in a crock-pot or the oven at a very low temperature). Spread the mix on the Teflex sheets of the dehydrator and dehydrate for 24 hours at 105 degrees, then take out the Teflex sheets and flip over the bread and dehydrate for another 12 hours.

Nut/seed cheese with dill, parsely and seaweed

1 cup raw almonds/cashews or sun flower/pumpkin seeds– soaked overnight with filtered water.

Add ½ cup rejuvelac (or less) to promote the fermentation of the “cheese” and blend.

Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well:

¼ cup Chopped scallions

2 chopped celery sticks

¼ cup Italian parsley

2 tbsp. kelp

Dulse flakes

1 ½ tbsp. dried dill

Allow the cheese to ferment for several hours in the oven with the pilot on

Equipment: Blendtec, bowl, knife, chopping board

 

Entrées

Dandelion Greens Salad

1 bunch of dandelions greens

½ cup chopped mushrooms

3 chopped garlic cloves.

1 tbsp. amino acids (Braggs) made with fermented soy beans, raw apple cider vinegar.

Equipment: bowl, knife, chopping board

Zucchini Noodles with pesto

2 green zucchini

For the pesto, blend:

4 cloves garlic

2 bunches cilantro or basil

1 tbsp. amino acid

1/3 cup olive oil

A handful of pine nuts

Mix zucchini noodles with pesto

Add nutritional yeast or rice parmegian

Equipment: Spirooli, Blendtec, bowl

Dessert

Hemp Seed Crusted Raw Chili Fudge

Crust

8 soaked dates or raisins

¾ cup of raw hemp seeds

Process dates and mix with hemp seeds and cover a 8×8 glass plate, spread evenly. Refrigerate.

Fudge

1 cup liquefied raw coconut oil

1 or 2 chiles

¾ cup of raw honey or maple syrup or agave

1 cup raw cacao powder

Process or blend liquefied coconut oil and chiles. Add the raw honey and mix. Slowly add the cacao powder and mix until smooth. Pour fudge into glass mix on top of the hemp crust. Chill for 30 minutes.

Equipment: Cuisinart, Vitamix, bowl, glass container

Two recipes for fermenting and culturing veggies: raw sauerkraut and ceviche de coliflor

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cropped pic event page 9-11 - CopyFermenting: fermented foods help restore the good bacteria in our digestive system. They are natural pro-biotics, and all cultures do have some kind of fermented or cultured foods (curtido, sauerkraut, ceviche, tepache).

Fermented cabbage (sauerkraut)

One small cabbage  (red or white or combined) grated

One carrot, one beet (for flavor)

one red onion

A pinch of salt

Lemon juice of 4 lemons/ limes

A big mason jar

Grate all the ingredients and put in a bowl. Add lemon juice and salt and mix well. Place ingredients in a glass mason jar. Push until tight and cover with a cabbage leaf and then a kitchen towel. Leave at room temperature to ferment overnight. For a deeper fermentation, leave outside the fridge for one/two days, depending on temperature. After that, regifregerate. It will keep for a couple of weeks. Great to add to a salad, or to accompany any plate.

Ceviche de coliflor

1 medium cauliflower, grated

1 or 2 beets grated

1 red onion (or less) finely sliced

1 o 2 garlic cloves finely choppedraw ceviche

1 bunch of cilantro chopped

1 slice of ginger finely chopped

1 mango sliced (optional)

Juice of  2 or 3 limes

Mix everything well. Make sure to start with the grated coliflor and put the lemon juice right away, so it starts to “cook”.  You can serve it with tostadas with guacamole made with ripe tomatoes and chipotle veganaise.

La comida fermentada  es importantísima para activar nuestro sistema digestivo: como con la fermentación se han cultivado bacterias que ayudan la digestión, todo lo fermentado trae compuestos encimáticos que son muy útiles para nuestro cuerpo.

Col (repollo) fermentada

1 col pequeña, rallada (morada o blanca)

1 zanahoria or betabel

Sal a gusto

El jugo de dos limones/ limas

Un recipient de vidrio

Ceviche de coliflor

1 coliflor mediano, rallado

1 o 2 betabel o zanahoria, ralladas

1 cebolla morada en rodajas finas

1 o 2 dientes de ajo, picados

1 ramito de cilantro, picado

1 rodaja de jengibre, picada

1 mango, en rodajes pequeñas

El jugo de 2 o 3 limones/ limas

Mezclar todo y asegurarse de que la coliflor sea lo primero que se ralle, y reciba el jugo del limón inmediatamente, así comienza a “cocinarse.” Se puede servir con tostada untadas con guacamole hecho con tomates y Veganaise de Chipotle.