Saturday, June 21, 2008

Raw Musings....

Ok, I have no pics to post since I have been really busy... and I rarely cook at home anymore... so I figured I'd revisit some from the past... I do have a point here as this quinoa sushi salad is something I plan to make when I do my Raw Challenge! Of course, I will sprout the quinoa and we'll see what happens.

Speaking of RAW, I've been doing sooo much experimenting at work and have a great time with it.
My experiments so far consist of:

-Beet and Carrot Flatbread that I've used for pizzas and the base of tostadas.
-Pizza with Pesto and Veggies with a Cashew Cheese Sauce
-Stuffed Peppers with a Sun Dried Tomato Enchilada Sauce, Sunflower/Broccoli Mexican Pate (based on my RAWCO filling), Cashew Lime Sour Cream and Fresh Pico
-Carrot Cake Cookies (these needed some work I felt they were too greasy to sell) with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting
-Tostadas with the above mexican fillings
-Falafel Burgers with a Cashew-Tahini Sauce
-Enchilada Bake
-Lasagna with Cashew Basil Ricotto and Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms

... and the most exciting news... Blue Moon Cafe participated in the Taste of the Nation event this past Wednesday and my marinated mushrooms with cashew basil ricotta were one of the samples we offered and they went over so well! We also sampled a Raw Borscht and a Sweet and Spicy Cacao Balls and people loved them as well. The best part of the event was that we helped raise money that will go to feed hungry children and families.




Raw Sushi Rolls... (again from the past).. but I have a feeling a lot of these will be a big staple of my upcoming diet! I am really feeling inspired about going raw! I didn't realize how much the dehydrator actually "cooks" things.... Unfortunately, with all the studying I'm doing to learn about raw recipes I can totally see how I could gain weight if I'm not careful. The nuts and seeds certainly do pack a huge caloric punch.

I got my adorable dehydrator. The 4 trays are perfect for me. I promise I will start to take pics again when I do my challenge.. and post recipes!

18 comments:

  1. All of your cooking/experiments sound delicious! Raw falafel burgers?! Wow--Recipe please! Yum!


    Thanks
    Courtney

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  2. Everything sounds great--and how perfect that your workplace is selling all this stuff, so you get to experiment with AND eat it! Looking forward to hearing about the raw challenge.

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  3. Wow Melody, everything sounds SO yummy!! You've inspired me to eat more raw lately, and it feels so good!

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  4. Your pictures are lovely, and I want an adorable dehydrator!

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  5. Everything sounds great! And I agree with Courtney, please share the raw falafel burgers recipe!

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  6. Courtney and Shelly, I don't have a recipe as I was throwing things together, but I used: broccoli, sesame seeds,sunflower seeds, parsley, mint, cilantro, red pepper, yellow peppers,scapes,onion, cumin, coriander, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, sea salt, lemon pepper and pureed it all, then made it into patties and dehydrated them. I made a cashew/garlic/lemon/tahini sauce to top and garnished with chives and a bit of smoked paprika..

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  7. All of your raw experimental dishes sound so intriguing!

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  8. I am excited to read more about your raw journey! Good luck!! Everything looks soooo good!

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  9. Those sushi rolls look great -- I love how you sliced the cucumber.

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  10. Wow, that's a lot of raw experiments! Thanks to your blog and Paulina's (veggout.blogspot.com), I've become inspired to try more raw foods/meals.

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  11. Congrats on the dehydrator and the successful dish for the tasting! I'm excited about exploring the wonders of a dehydrator as well. I borrowed my parents' dehydrator last weekend and I'm totally planning on making some raw crackers.

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  12. Ooo Carrot Cake Cookies? YUM.

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  13. You should really think about making a cookbook. All of your meal ideas sound wonderful, and I'd love to make them! I hope that I can find a job like yours where I am passionate about my work and love what I do! Thanks for your inspirational food ideas!

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  14. You are the queen of raw!

    I've always coveted a dehydrator, but I have not room in my tiny city kitchen.

    I wish I could eat more raw... Hard enough with an omni husband--I don't think raw would go over too well. (I will live raw-cariously through your blog.)

    We just naturally eat about 1/3 raw, but more is always better.

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  15. I really want to hear more about the cacao balls!

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  16. Your list of experiments sounds amazing! I want to try them all. And that's so awesome that you got to participate in your local Taste of the Nation dinner!

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  18. Wow. I could easily go raw if I had you to cook for me. Everything sounds so tasty!

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