Ok, I am obsessed. Remember how I said I would most likely choose raw food over cooked food if given the choice. Well my love of raw veggies is reaching new heights. I recently got 2 new cookbooks (or uncook books) that I have been eyeing for a while. The photos, err , I mean recipes inspire me to make more types of delicious and raw food.
Raw food is amazing! I gush about it more here.
Ok enough excitment. I made this chili (or marinara sauce?) dish last week and it was a bit more involved than most dinners we have but once in a while you need that recipe that is a bit different and challenging! I used 2 types of mushrooms in this dish. I haven’t really used shiitake mushrooms in any of my meals due to the steep price but this recipe only calls for 3 of them, so the splurging is a minimum. (Good food isn’t cheap and cheap food isn’t good, as Doug McNish, a raw food chef, would say!) This raw chili would be great as a salad dressing, a marinade or even as a dipping sauce for veggies 🙂
Recipe adapted from “The Raw Food Diet “
Ingredients (please buy organic for the most nutrition):
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 tomato chopped
- 4 cremini mushrooms chopped
- 3 shiitake mushrooms
- ½ zucchini diced
- 1 sprig green onion chopped
- 1 tbsp cilantro leaves chopped
- 1 ½ tomatoes
- 1 tbsp onion
- 2 medjool dates
- ½ tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp bragg’s
- ½ tbsp. raw cacao powder
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Pinch of cayenne or paprika
- Salt to taste
1. Add all sauce ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
2. Add sauce to chopped veggies and let marinate for 1 hour in a dehydrator at 115F or the lowest setting in a conventional oven. Alternately, you can let it marinate in the fridge overnight.
Better for you ingredients:
- used medicinally by the Chinese for over 6000 years
- powers up the immune system by strengthening its ability to fight infection and disease
- has anti-cancer activity, yay!
- excellent source of skin beautifying antioxidants; vitamins A and C
- contains lycopene*, a powerful antioxidant that helps prevents sun damage and aids in heart health among other things
*be sure to eat the whole food (aka a real tomato) and not just pop the lycopene pills, it’s the synergistic nature of all the biochemical in the tomato that give lycopene its potency!
Have a great evening…I sure am 🙂