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Advanced Raw Cuisine: Day 3

raw vegan mezze platter. eggplant bacon. olive bread. hummus. muhammara. hemp tabbouleh.

Day 3 of Advanced Raw Cuisine is completed!

This has been a truly wonderful and delicious journey so far. We are not only creating beautiful raw versions of classic recipes like romesco and tabbouleh, but we are also learning the foundations upon which those recipes are built so that we will have the tools to create our own recipes in the future. Every one of these edible works of art is made from pure and uncomplicated ingredients. This is truly how food was meant to be eaten.

Today, we focused on tomato based sauces, demonstrating this technique with a raw vegan romesco sauce. I used a vibrant yellow tomato that I found at my local market to introduce an extra pop of color into the dish. Not unlike a traditional romesco, we used tomatoes, bell pepper, chopped nuts, and spices to build flavor and texture. The finished product was richly flavorful and vibrant, keeping all of the enzymes and vitamin C from the tomatoes and peppers intact that would otherwise be lost to the cooking process. 

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 The second recipe we learned was a muhammara. Muhammara is dip eaten in the North African and Middle Eastern regions, traditionally made with red peppers, walnuts, bread crumbs, and olive oil. In the raw version, the dip is infused with a concentrated pepper flavor by dehydrating the peppers first. We also soak and dry our nuts to neutralize enzyme inhibitors, which makes them more digestible. Otherwise, it’s not too different from the traditional preparation, except that we use no breadcrumbs. The other ingredients give it so much texture that it’s really not needed. 

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We’ve also created a tabbouleh, replacing the bulgar wheat with hemp seed, and a zucchini hummus, which amazingly, has a very similar texture and flavor to one made with cooked chickpeas. Mine is a little more orange than usual because I’m currently having a secret love affair with smoked paprika. I love the hemp seed in the tabbouleh because it adds a slightly nutty flavor, good fats, and the complete range of essential amino acids. Besides that, it’s easy to come by and requires no preparation, making this version of the recipe even easier to prepare than its traditional counterpart. 

The tabbouleh recipe can be found on page 88 of Matthew Kenney’s book, Everyday Raw. It calls for sprouted quinoa, but it is easily exchanged for hemp seed. 

The eggplant bacon is on page 58 of the same book. Some basic flat bread recipes are on pages 50-52.

The hummus recipe is on page 85 of Everyday Raw Express: Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less.

raw vegan tabbouleh

Besides the muhammara, humus, and tabbouleh, the mezze platter also contains the eggplant bacon and the olive flatbread we created in the days prior. It all came together nicely with complimentary flavors and textures that were a delight to snack on for dinner. My husband ate his fair share too. 😉

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The last plate of the day was mushroom calamari with caper and herb tartar sauce and the romesco that was prepared at the start of the day. We cut calamari shaped rings from mushrooms with ring cutters, and then marinaded them to create a softer, more rubbery, and fattier texture… like calamari, but without harming any sea creatures in the process. After marinading them, we “breaded” them with a blend of flax meal and herbs and then dehydrated until the outside was crispy.

It’s really an ingenious process, and the flavor and texture were very familiar and comforting without having that “greasy” feeling that fried foods leave in your mouth. This is food that leaves you feeling energetic, rather than lethargic, after eating it. There’s also no fear of burning yourself with any dangerous hot oils in during the preparation process. 

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Before the day was over, we also made two batches of seasoned cashews to add some extra flavor and texture in future recipes. One batch is coriander and the other batch is curry. I just love coriander. It is seriously underrated as a spice. Looking forward to making and eating more delicious things tomorrow!

seasoned nuts - curried cashews

Carrot and Herb Flax Crackers (Raw Vegan)

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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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Juice Pulp Breakfast Bread (Raw Vegan)

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Ever wondered what to do with the juice pulp after you’ve made a beautiful batch of juice? Do you feel bad tossing it in the trash or composting it? Never fear! We can put all that nutritious fiber to good use and make a healthy breakfast flat bread from it! It’s not too sweet either, so you can add a fruit spread or a nut-based cream spread to the top if you’d like. I like to eat it with a nice glass of kombucha. 🙂

Raw vegan fruit, nut, and juice pulp flat bread for breakfast, served with a side of kombucha.

Root vegetable pulp mixed with a little fruit pulp is the perfect combination for this recipe. I used the leftover pulp from my pineapple, yellow beet, and carrot juice. When you make that juice recipe, you can also use this recipe to get the maximum benefit from that pulp and keep from throwing it away!

Pineapple-Carrot-Beet juice and bread made from the pulp.

Juice Pulp Breakfast Bread (Raw Vegan)
A not-too-sweet breakfast flatbread that is made from leftover juice pulp, fruit, and nuts.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
24 hr
Total Time
24 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
24 hr
Total Time
24 hr 15 min
Pulp from Juicing
  1. 3 cups chopped pineapple
  2. 8 medium organic carrots
  3. 2 yellow beets
Other Flatbread Ingredients
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup flaxmeal
  3. 1/2 cup raw liquid sweetener of your choice (date syrup, raw agave, raw honey [honey is not vegan])
  4. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  5. 1 cup chopped pecans
  6. 1 cup chopped dates
  7. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon (optional, but delicious)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. When well combined, split the "dough" into two portions and spread each portion out onto a dehydrator tray lined with a non-stick sheet. It should be about 1/4" thick.
  3. Dehydrate about 18 hours (at 115 F), then carefully flip the bread over and transfer to a tray without a non-stick sheet for another 6 hours.
  4. It is done when it feels dry to the touch in the middle and can be picked up completely by the edges.
  5. Cut into pieces which are a shape and size that you would find enjoyable to snack on.
Notes
  1. I made my juice with an Omega juicer. Your pulp may be drier or wetter than mine. If you use a centrifugal juicer, your pulp will likely be wetter, and you will need to use less water. The "dough" should be moist and stick together when scooped up. It should not be runny.
  2. If you have a really fancy juicer like a Norwalk that presses every last drop of juice from your fiber, you can try the recipe with more water, but please note, that I have not had experience working with pulp in this state, and cannot guarantee the outcome.
  3. This bread is not very sweet. It reminds me a little of toast. It is perfect for adding your own fruit spread or nut based cream sauce to the top. If you prefer a sweeter bread, you can increase the amount of sweetener that is used. The bread may turn out more soft and chewy and less firm if you do this.
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