I have been hearing so much about the raw-food diet in the foodie world so I decided to investigate. The idea behind the raw-food diet is that food is healthiest in its most pure, natural form. The belief is that when food is cooked using high temperatures it removes some of the essential vitamins and nutrients. I can’t say that this is a realistic lifestyle for me personally but it definitely has some merit and I am all for trying new things! So here is my first raw-food recipe:
5 sun dried tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 bunch of fresh basil
2 tablespoons of oregano
1 tablespoon pepper
1/4 cup of onion
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of lemon juice
4 pitted dates
1 teaspoon sea salt to taste
For The Pasta
1. For thinner, angel hair-like pasta, you can use a julienne peeler (which looks like a cheese slicer or potato peeler). You can also use an ordinary (potato) peeler: Peel thin slices of the squash, then with a fork or knife, create thin strands of “pasta”. But most raw food foodie’s use a spiralizer, a device that makes spaghetti-like “noodles” quickly and easily.
2. Put the pasta strands in a bowl and sprinkle with a mixture of olive oil and some salt. Set aside.
For The Marinara Sauce
1. Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until creamy. Add purified water if you feel the consistency is too thick.
It was actually really good. I had had something like this at RAW in the French Market (Chicago) but I never thought I could make it myself. It was very filling too, surprisingly!
Have you ever tried to make a “raw” recipe? If so which one?
If you are a chocoholic like me, or you are looking for a healthier dessert option for when those pesky ice-cream cravings hit, I have the solution for you. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know it sounds absolutely disgusting and I almost didn’t even try it myself. But when Corey and I took a cooking class from Amanda Skrip, a natural foods chef and wellness consultant, we could not even believe how good it was! This is literally one of the best desserts I have ever had, not just healthy desserts, I mean all desserts, that includes full-fat creamy delicious cheesecake people! You have to trust me on this one. Run, don’t walk to your kitchen and whip yourself up a batch of your very own avocado chocolate pudding!
2 avocados, medium sized
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup water
1- ½ pint raspberries (optional)
1. In a food processor, blend avocados, maple syrup, agave and vanilla until smooth.
2. Add in sifted cocoa powder and sea salt. Process until full combined.
3. Add water, and blend again.
4. Optional: Serve with raspberries and cacao nibs.
It is absolutely delicious, you must try! Visit Amanada’s website for more info and recipes!! Do you have any quirky healthy dessert recipes with surprising ingredients?
One of the greatest things about Chicago is the abundance of amazing food! Well I just so happen to live across from one of the greatest foodie gems in the entire city. The French Market located in the Ogilvie transportation center is spectacular in it of itself but nestled in the back corner is a little slice of heaven called RAW.The food is prepared 100% organic raw vegan, which means nothing is cooked, seared, boiled, broiled, or grilled. Everything is in its natural state.
(This is the Collard burrito)
Now don’t get me wrong, I love healthy food but I don’t like to sacrifice taste in order to get it. RAW may sound intimidating but with just one taste of anything on their menu, you will be convinced that healthy food can actually taste amazing!! I have tried everything from their tuna pate and collard burritos, to the chocolate brownie and energy soup!The store has only been open a few months but foodie news travels fast. If you go there any day during the lunch hour and early dinner hours you will see a line of people at the RAW counter. Owners Carole and Polly are so excited about their success and have hopes for expanding the business someday soon. If you are in the Chicago area I strongly urge you to wake up your taste buds to a new kind of food that does your body good!