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Eating Raw Foods

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Perhaps you’ve been thinking about trying out a raw food diet for all the right reasons, but just didn’t think you could stomach it. I remember having this dilemma and asking myself, but what about flavor? What about enjoyment? I mean, I take food very seriously. It took me over 10 years of contemplating to finally give it a go. And what did I find? Healthy, delicious, soul satisfying fare in the pages of the “Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health” cookbook. I tried the “Green Soup” and “Raw Tacos” first. That delighted my taste buds and the people in my household.

List of Moosewood Restaurant cookbook ingredients for Green Soup:

1 cup water

½ cup fresh orange juice

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 avocado

1 apple

1 cucumber

8 ounces fresh spinach (about 4 cups), large stems removed

1 scallion chopped

½ teaspoon ground seaweed

1 teaspoon light miso

Pinch of sea salt

1 garlic glove, minced or pressed

½ teaspoon minced fresh chiles (optional)

Now, I changed it up a bit using what I had in the house. I used an onion instead of a scallion, left out the seaweed and miso, but added some cumin and fresh ground pepper. I mixed it all up in batches in my Magic Bullet and served immediately. It was bursting with flavor – delicious!

The Raw “Tacos” were a bit more labor intensive, but were still a breeze to make (especially since I called someone into the kitchen to help chop). Now some of this may sound a tad odd, but hang with me. These taste delicious.

What you need to make the “cheese”

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 garlic glove, minced or pressed

2 tablespoons soy sauce (although I didn’t use this)

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

¼ cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons water

½ to 1 fresh chile

What you need to make the walnut and sun-dried tomato “meat” filling

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked until softened

2 cups walnuts

2 garlic gloves, minced or pressed

1 ½ teaspoons soy sauce (I didn’t use)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

What you need for the “shells”

6 large romaine lettuce leaves

Preparing the “cheese” is easy. Simply put the sunflower seeds in a food processor to break up. Then mix everything together in a bowl.

Now it’s time to prepare the “meat.” Chop the softened sun-dried tomatoes . Put the walnuts in your food processor to break up. Add the rest of the ingredients and whir a bit until it becomes a paste.

All that’s left is to assemble your tacos. Spread your “meat” on the lettuce leaves, top with “cheese” and there you go. Tasty, satisfying and healthy. Great for your temple.