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RAW PIZZA…OH YEA

Dehydrated Crust:

I use the Excalibur dehydrator to make perfect crusts that can also double as great crackers or tostada flatties.

½ cup ground flax seeds
Water to cover ground flax seeds, approximately 1 cup
1 cup soaked raw almonds
2 cups soaked raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw buckwheat ground
½ cup ground Deluxe Veggie Blend

(Jaffe Bros. blend of dehydrated cubed carrots, onions, tomatoes, celery, parsley, green peas, and green bell peppers)

1 lemon juiced
1 clove garlic
4 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 level Tb. of Real Salt (or to taste)
2 Tbs. Spice Hunter Italian Pizza Seasoning
1 Tb. Spice Hunter Garlic Herb Bread Seasoning ¼-1/2 cup water to adjust consistency before spreading on dehydrator sheets

Instructions:

1. Grind flax seeds to powder and place in a bowl with water, enough to cover over the flax powder. Stir ground flax seeds into water and let thicken while you work on the rest of the crust ingredients. Set aside.

2. Rinse and drain soaked seeds and nuts and add them to your Cuisinart (food processor) with all the remaining ingredients. Mix well until you have a smooth thick paste consistency. You may have to stop and stir a few times to get this mix well blended. Adjust with water at the end until you have a good consistency that can be rolled out with a rolling pin or pressed in a tortilla press between two pieces of thick plastic. (I use the plastic bags that my Jaffe products come packaged in)

3. Make pizza crust rounds the desired size. I like to make them smaller for individual size pizzas (5-7 inches in diameter). Once you get them pressed in between your plastic sheets, carefully peel down top plastic layer to expose the top side of the crust, then flip it over onto the dehydrator sheet and carefully peel down the remaining plastic sheet. (For the dehydrator, you can use a teflex sheet or I use the screened sheet with small holes in it to allow the crust to dehydrate on both sides evenly) Dehydrate the crusts overnight.

Almond Cheese/Mayo

This fluffy creamy spread is so concentrated and rich. Use it anywhere (wraps, pizzas, celery filling or where ever you would used mayonnaise) Quickly blanch the almonds to easily remove the brown skins.

2 cups soaked almonds blanched (place in boiling water for 30 seconds, cool and pinch skins off. Discard skins)
1 lemon juiced
½ tsp.-1 tsp. Real Salt (to taste)
¼ cup olive oil (or oil of choice: Coconut, Udo’s. Grapeseed)
¼ tsp. ground mustard
½ cup water
¼ tsp. Spice Hunter Café Sole Seasoning (mix of lemon, pepper, onion and sea salt)

Instructions:

Place all wet ingredients into Cuisinart. With the Cuisinart running drop the blanched almonds through the top opening to blend well and emulsify to a thick fluffy consistency. Scrape sides and stir if needed. Adjust consistency with water if needed. Refrigerate mixture in an airtight container.

Sauce for Pizza

2 cartons/pkgs Cherry or Grape Tomatoes (or four regular tomatoes)
1 Tb. dried oregano (can use fresh if desired)
½ cup sun dried tomatoes (I use olive oil packed) 1/3 cup fresh Basil
½ tsp. Real Salt
1 clove garlic (remove middle section of clove to quiet odors)
To thicken sauce use 1 tsp.-1 Tb. of psyllium seed husk

Place all ingredients into Cuisinart and pulse chop to chunky consistency. Set aside

Toppings for Pizza

Choose any of the following toppings to sprinkle over the top of the pizzas

Shredded/julienne zucchini, carrots, jicama, Shredded cabbage, romaine lettuce, beets etc. Minced Raw Spinach or bell peppers

Instructions:

Place crust on counter and spread with a thick layer of Almond Cheese/Mayo. Spread a thick layer of Pizza Tomato Sauce over the Cheese Sprinkle toppings over the top and serve immediately. YUMMY!!!!!!

Sauces will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. Pizza Crusts will keep for up to two weeks if kept dry and cool.

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Raw Thanksgiving

As I plan my Thanksgiving Menu, I am reminded about the choices that we all make and the way a habit can so deeply become engrained into our daily lives.

In a family of four, I am the only one who has really embraced the power of a raw food lifestyle. Although I vary in the degree of raw % on a daily basis, my intent is clear to incorporate cleaner food choices for myself and my family into everything that I make. Since we are having company this holiday, and they each have very traditional SAD diets, I have decided to gently present RAW choices that are delicious and simple so everyone can enjoy the benefits without feeling the pressure of eating what the hostess prepares even if they don’t like it. That’s really the joy of Raw preparation. Pretty much everyone likes the ingredients, but they have never tried them together in a dish that hasn’t been cooked. For example, cooked carrots,peas and beans. Many people eat them cooked, but haven’t had the pleasure of a fresh sweet crunchy pea. Make selections this holiday that will showcase the simplicity of Raw and give your company a suprise with the new twist on traditional dishes, or add in a new dish like Matt Amsden’s cauliflower couscous, or fresh cranberry salad.

Tell me about your Raw Thanksgiving Menu.

~RawMa

 

Making Almond Milk the Easy Way

How many times have you made Almond Milk and gone through the process in anticipation of that delicious fresh milk hitting your tongue? You love the milk, and the variations of chocolate and vanilla, spiced and plain. You would have it every day if it weren’t for the mess.

If you’re like me, everytime you make it, you think there has got to be a better way. The cheesecloth drawstring bags, a stocking or other variation of squeezing the milk through and almost milking it like a cow’s utter, just doesn’t appeal to me. It’s messy, unsanitary if you are serving it to guests and just plain impractical.

I’ve been looking for an alternative for months now and trying out different strainers laid on top of each other to press the almonds and release the milk in a cleaner manner. Without tooling a new product, I was at a loss. I mentioned it to a co-worker and she said four simple words “don’t reinvent the wheel”. I said I din’t have a wheel that would work and she brought to my attention something I had overlooked. The Frenchpress. I hate to admit what an amateur I am about coffee so I played it off like I knew exactly what she was talking about…for about two seconds, then I fessed up. I had no idea what a French Press was. When I got home I googled it and then went onto youtube and watched a video about making the perfect cup of coffee with a French Press. Finally, this was my answer! I love almond milk, but I don’t like the almond pulp mixed in. The Vitamix does a great job of pulverizing the almonds, but the milk is still too thick for my liking if I leave in the pulp. Besides, I like to make almond bars out of the remaining pulp.

Now that I have decided I want a French Press, I am seeing them everywhere. They appear to be the perfect device to use while doing a raw almond milk demo, and the guests won’t feel uncomfortable about drinking what you just squeezed out of a bag for them with your bare hands!

Peace.

~RawMa

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2009 in Agave, alkaline, Dates, Healthy, Nuts

 

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Raw Food Menu Week 1

I thought I’d give you an idea of what my first few days at High Raw looked like.

Day 1

Smoothie: spinach, coconut water, banana, kelp

Snack in the car: almonds & goji berries

Lunch: veggie burger on veggie bread (I prepared and dehydrated the night before) w/ lettuce, raw mustard and raw ketchup

Snack: squash chips, flax crackers, 1 apple

Dinner: I really wasn’t hungry, but I had a small salad and 1/2 cup of a smoothie.

Day 2

I juiced ginger/cucumber & 2 carrots then added a frozen banana, spinach and maca to make a delicious smoothie

Snack: almonds & lemon water

Lunch: small salad w/ veggie burber

Snack: 2 vanilla macroons (I made the night before) & 1 small banana

Dinner: squash spaghetti w/ tomato garlic sauce

Day 3

I woke up late so I took a small salad to eat on the way to work

Lunch: veggie burger/veggie bread/lettuce/tomato

Snack: smoothie ~ blueberries/banana/horsetail/maca/dates & juice pulp from day 2 am drink

cayenne flax crackers

just before dinner: almond bar (I made day prior)

walk in the park

Dinner: Jicama/lime nori wrap

I really got hooked on the veggie burgers. They were so filling and nutrient dense that it gave me a ton of energy and kept me full.

 

30 Day Raw Challenge Update

Well, this is day 6 of my 30 days at high raw of 100%.

I’m feeling great and my digestion is getting better too. Yesterday I was really tired. That was a combination of lack of sleep and detoxing I’ve been enjoying a wide array of raw dishes and trying new recipies each day.

I can’t wait to test what’s in the dehydrator as I plan my week ahead. There are so many great dishes to make. If you have one you’d like to submit, I will post it on RawMa’s Blog

~RawMa

 

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Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are becoming very popular in the Raw food World. Rightfully so, this wonderful little seed has an abundance of nutrients, yet has been neglected by mainstream for years…with the exception of the Chia Pet. I always wanted one of those. Now after eating Chia seeds, I see how they stick to the surface. This is a huge benefit for our digestive system.

Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.

Another advantage: when added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest that this reaction also takes place in the stomach, slowing the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and convert them into sugar.