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Cucumber Raita Rolls (Raw Vegan)

root vegetable salad with tzatziki cucumber rolls

Coconut Yogurt, Sweet Pepper Relish, Root Vegetable Salad, Cashew, Mint

These cucumber raita rolls were the starter dish that I created for my final project. This dish was inspired by both Indian raita and Greek tzatziki yogurt dishes. The filling in the rolls is flavored more as a tzatziki. The cumin-infused raita flavor is in the root vegetable salad beneath it, which is a blend of sweet potato, turnip, and jicama. The dish is topped off with a sweet pepper relish and garnished with a few tiny mint leaves. 

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I was very pleased with the way the flavors and textures of this dish turned out. The noodles were neither too soggy nor too crunchy, the cucumber rolls had a lot of flavor, and their soft texture complimented the subtle al dente texture in the root vegetable salad, while the sweet pepper relish brought in just a bit of sweetness to top the whole thing off. It was a well blended mix of tangy, savory, salt, and sweet. I am really thrilled that the course gave me the means to create something so beautiful and delicious.

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Cucumber Raita Rolls
Serves 1
Coconut Yogurt, Sweet Pepper Relish, Root Vegetable Salad, Cashew, Mint. The amounts here serve 1. Feel free to increase the volume to suit the number of servings you'd like to make.
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Root Vegetable Salad Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup each: sweet potato, turnip, jicama, spiral cut
  2. 1 TB grape seed oil
  3. 1 tsp lemon juice
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 1/4 tsp cumin powder
Sweet Pepper Relish Ingredients
  1. 2 TB each red, orange, yellow bell pepper, diced
  2. 1 tsp olive oil
  3. 1 tsp ACV
  4. 1 TB agave
  5. pinch salt
Yogurt Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup coconut meat
  2. 1/4 cup soaked cashews
  3. 1/8 tsp 30B CFU Probiotic powder
Raita Ingredients
  1. 1 cup peeled and grated English cucumber
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. 1/2 TB shallot, finely chopped
  4. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp olive oil
  6. 1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
  7. 1/4 tsp fresh mint, chopped
  8. pinch of salt
  9. pinch of ground pepper
Cucumber Roll Ingredients
  1. 1 English cucumber, sliced thinly along the length of the fruit, on a mandolin.
Yogurt Directions
  1. Blend yogurt ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and completely incorporated. Cover with muslin and put in dehydrator for 18 hours at 110 degrees. Put it in a cheesecloth with a weight on it and drain it for 36 hours. It will continue to ferment and thicken, and come out like a Greek yogurt. Put it in the fridge until you are ready to add the raita seasoning. Reduces to appx 1/2 cup + 2 TB.
Raita Directions
  1. Toss peeled and grated cucumber with 1/4 tsp salt. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Squeeze as much moisture out as possible. Reduces down to about 2 TB. Stir into yogurt along with the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Pepper Relish Directions
  1. Toss all ingredients together. Dehydrate at 115 for 4-5 hours (on a non-stick sheet so nothing falls through) to soften and chill overnight.
Root Vegetable Salad Directions
  1. Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and allow to marinade 10-15 minutes before serving.
Assembly
  1. Layer a small handful of the root vegetable salad on the base of a small sushi plate.
  2. Place roughly 1 TB of the raita mix onto the end of a cucumber slice and roll it up. Place rolls on top of salad.
  3. Top with sweet pepper relish.
Notes
  1. Feel free to make a much larger batch of yogurt, relish, or salad with this recipe. Whatever yogurt you don't use for the raita is excellent to eat for breakfast. Having a raw vegan relish is nice to add to any dish as a condiment!
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Raw Food Level 1: Day 17-18

raw vegan mango lassi panna cotta with black cherry sauce

Raw Food Level 1 is almost complete! Just 2 more days of class to go! Over the course of days 17-18, I worked on a lemon tart as part of the process for learning how to use Irish moss. Irish moss is a seaweed that can be used to thicken puddings, tart fillings, etc. 

Here is a photo of the seaweed soaking in preparation to use it.

irish moss soaking

There were some other essential skills that we learned here too. We made tart crusts that firmed up in the refrigerator, a frozen meringue formed into a quenelle, and some dehydrated citrus slices. It was fun learning how to make the quenelle, a classic French technique. I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that. All my frozen treats will be fancier from now on. I also didn’t know that you could dehydrate and eat citrus slices. I always found the peels to be bitter when blended or juiced, but after painting on a little agave and dehydrating, they are a delicious tart treat!

I shared this tart with my husband and visiting relatives, and they all gave it a big thumbs up.

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Both of the dishes that I’m working on for my final project are of my own creation. We were tasked to come up with a three course menu, and then to execute two of the dishes. I chose the starter and the dessert. 

My starter is a cucumber tzatziki roll. The herbs are on the inside and the cucumber is on the outside! It is topped with a sweet pepper relish and paired with a root vegetable with a cumin vinaigrette. Which of my practice plating arrangements do you like best? 

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 My dessert is a mango lassi panna cotta infused with with cardamom and dusted with cinnamon. It is paired with a peppery black cherry sauce to create a spice blend reminiscent of chai. The panna cotta is topped off with a pecan tuile. Below are the photos of my practice plating before my big final presentation on day 19!

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Carrot and Herb Flax Crackers (Raw Vegan)

carrot and herb flax crackers

This is my first go at flax crackers, and they already have the husband seal of approval! I ask him to try everything I make as a sanity check. Admittedly, I have been eating this way for a long time, and my palate is a bit “greener” than his is, but he said these had a good flavor!

carrot herb flax crackers

I am working on a special project. My parents and my grandmother are coming over next weekend for a raw food extravaganza, otherwise known as “brunch”. 😉 I have a fresh seasonal multi-course menu all planned out. I’ve been experimenting with some of the recipes now to ensure they will turn out ok before I actually serve them to my family. These flax crackers are intended to be served as an appetizer along with some sprouted lentil hummus that I’m also working on. 

Anyway, as they have the husband seal of approval, I’m adding the recipe now! They are very easy to make if you have a dehydrator at home. I would also like to note that unlike many flax cracker recipes on the web, this one contains no tamari, nama shoyo, or liquid aminos – it is 100% soy free and does not contain any highly processed or mold harboring ingredients. As there are no nuts added, it is also higher in omega-3 than omega-6 fatty acids.

Carrot and Herb Flax Crackers
An easy to make flavorful flax cracker recipe - they are full of flavor, crunch, and living enzymes! Prepare them in the evening and they will be crunchy by morning!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
16 hr
Total Time
16 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
16 hr
Total Time
16 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flax seed
  2. 1 & 1/4 cups water
  3. 5 carrots
  4. 1 TB cumin
  5. 1 tsp dill
  6. 1 tsp smoked sea salt (regular sea salt is fine, but smoked adds another depth of flavor)
  7. 1 tsp garlic powder
  8. 1/2 tsp onion powder
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients EXCEPT flax seeds in a high speed blender, like a Vitamix.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, stir the mixture into the flax seeds until well combined.
  3. Split the mixture into two equal parts.
  4. Spread each half of the mixture evenly onto two dehydrator trays lined with non-stick sheets.
  5. Dehydrate overnight at 115 degrees F.
  6. I let mine go for 16 hours because I slept in and they were dry and crunchy, like a good cracker should be.
Notes
  1. I have an Excalibur dehydrator and my trays are 15"x15" - adjust the amounts per tray if yours are smaller.
  2. You could probably get away with less dehydration time. I didn't bother flipping them and removing the non-stick sheets either. It is ok to be lazy with this recipe. 😉
  3. You can score them after they start to dehydrate for a few hours if you want. I just break them up into organic shapes. I like the artistic look of them.
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Yellow Tomato Salsa (Raw Vegan)

yellow tomato salsa

I love salsa. I feel really spoiled that the main ingredients are available from locally grown sources for most of the year here. We have a little farmer’s market here in town every Sunday, and there is a very nice man named Gary who sets up a booth every week and sells a great selection of produce that he grows on his own farm without any pesticides.

Yellow tomato and sweet pepper salsa

During strawberry season, I purchase a half flat from him every week, and occasionally a full flat (which happened this week!). He’s also got several varieties of tomatoes and peppers that are available on a regular basis, as well as pickling cucumbers, which I love to snack on (and pickle!). Every time I walk past all of those beautiful tomatoes and peppers, all I can think about is salsa. I get my fix with a fresh batch about once a month, altering the recipe ever so slightly based on what’s in season. I change up the colors of my tomatoes and peppers, and sometimes I get a little wild and throw some fruit in there. 😉

Yellow Tomato and Sweet Pepper Salsa

On my last weekend trip to the market, I picked up some very large yellow tomatoes and sweet peppers from Gary’s stand. Following the trend from my previous recipe, I’m all about the orange and yellow produce this week. I have some yellow beets in my refrigerator right now too. All of the produce in that color range just looked so appealing to me in the last few days, and as a result, I have a beautiful bright yellow and orange batch of salsa in my refrigerator right now.

Yellow Tomato and Sweet Pepper Salsa
A quick and easy salsa recipe so you never have to buy the processed stuff again! 🙂
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 large yellow tomatoes
  2. 3 Cubanelle sweet peppers (or other sweet pepper of similar size - appx 4" long)
  3. 1/4 large sweet white onion
  4. 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  5. Juice of 1/2 lemon
  6. 1 TB dried and powdered cumin
  7. 1 TB dried and powdered garlic
  8. 1/4 tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Chop up the tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir together.
  3. Serve with your choice of sliced vegetables (me) or chips (husband modification).
Notes
  1. Recipe yields roughly 4 cups. Great for a party!
  2. This salsa recipe is also very good on a taco salad!
  3. You can eat it right away (I frequently do), but if you can stand to wait, letting the flavors mingle overnight will produce a much richer flavor and softer texture.
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