Saturday, January 10, 2009

Raw and Cooked: A fine balance

High Raw Blueberry Cheesecake Tartlets

While I love raw foods, if I am not eating almost 100%, it is way too easy to consume too many nuts. Since I am not 100%, I thought it would be great to combine the best of both worlds. The filling was made from cashews, key limes, stevia, chia seeds and cinnamon. The crust was made from High Fiber Cereal, 1 T coconut oil (for 3 tartlets) and dates. I topped it with plain (frozen) blueberries as it was sweet enough. One cup of soaked cashews went into the recipe, so all in all it is still fairly calorie friendly. The high fiber of the cereal and the chia slows down the fat absorption. The chia also helps to firm up the mixture. Usually when I make a raw cheesecake, I add a hefty amout of coconut oil because it solidifies at cool temperatures and really 'sets' the cake. I was VERY happy with the chia/cashew combo as were my kids.


Chipotle Citrus Black Bean Soup

A while back, I cooked a pound of dried black beans in my pressure cooker. I froze some of the leftovers in 1 cup batches so I could make a quick meal for myself in the future. To make this soup I sauted 1 onion, 1 green pepper, 3 cloves garlic along with some spices in cooking spray, then added the beans, veggie stock, salsa and 1 chipotle pepper. I brought this to a boil for several minutes. Next, I added around 2 c of cilantro and pureed the soup. To finish it off, I juiced an orange and a large lime and topped it with tofu sour cream and 1 t EVOO. Perfect to warm me up in this cold weather!


Zucchini Pasta with Mushrooms and Cream Sauce

This dish was also very delicious. The night before, I had this mixed with brown rice pasta. I had some veggies and sauce leftover, so I mixed them together. Very satisfying for so few calories!
The veggies were zucchini spiralized, mushrooms, onions and garlic sauted in cooking spray. I added a lot of spices and crushed red pepper flakes. The sauce was silken tofu based. (I only like the silken tofu from Trader Joes. It is not chalky tasting to me like the boxed and other brands)
To the tofu I added some umeboshi vinegar, nutritional yeast, garlic and veggie stock along with just a TINY bit of smoked paprika and salt to taste. I topped each serving with 1 t EVOO.

I've also been eating a lot of salad with my very low fat balsamic flax dressing.

I am STILL waiting for my Vita Mix part. I MISS it sooo much.

I haven't had a green smoothie for over a week! wow... what a treat it will be to actually have one again. Also, many of my cooking projects are on hold.

Come on Vita Mix people! Get me my part!!! I NEED it!!!

21 comments:

  1. I'm only HIGH-raw, so I always appreciate your mix of raw & cooked delicacies :-) Yum!!

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  2. I love the sound of these recipes! Do you soak the chia seeds before you use them? And that black bean soup looks really spicy and satisfying! Now I'm watching my weight I can see myself trying a lot of your recipes!

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  3. Your posts make my mouth water uncontrollably. Seriously sweetie, you really need to write a cookbook. That dessert is beyond perfect!

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  4. Yummy! I didn't know that Trader Joe's sells silken tofu. Is it refrigerated?

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  5. Your pasta and bean soup look delicious! Thanks for always giving me inspiration in the kitchen!

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  6. I want that tart! Great idea for the crust, too.

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  7. Yum! Being "high raw" as well, I enjoy these posts! I need my beans and pasta! :) That tart looks amazing! Good luck with your Vitamix, wishing it a speeding recovery! He he!

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  8. mmm...never tried raw desserts but that really makes me want to!! i totally wish blueberries were in season....

    zucchini pasta is a brilliant idea too...i love pasta but my body gets tired of it. will definitely try it out!

    :)

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  9. I like raw cheese cake fillings much better than the cooked versions. I am aslo a huge fan of cooked soups. So, Iguess, it's all in the mix. I'm withi Veg-a-Nut. You need to write a cookbook :D

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  10. That looks so good - I'm wondering how you got that cheesecake so light-looking!! Most of hte raw ones I've seen have a yellow tint. Thanks for the compliments on my blog. :)

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  11. That soup sounds fabulous! I love cilantro :o)

    I hear you on the Vita-Mix--I don't know what I would do without mine. I hope your part arrives soon!

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  12. Melody - thank you so much for your comment. You made me feel much better about the picture stealing situation. I need to put some sort of watermark on mine...one of those "to-do list" items.

    Take care and keep posting about awesomely beautiful food!

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  13. That's a great idea on the cheesecake. I don't feel guilty about all the nuts on 100% raw days, but when I'm taking in cooked, more fatty foods, I'd feel bad about eating all the nuts in a raw dessert.

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  14. Looks all very yummy! I'm just a vegan since 3 dec 2008. Raw food, maybe in the future. I'm scared to give up my oven (hihihi)

    xxx Bar.

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  15. Gorgeous, you raw diva, you.

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  16. Hi I found this cool recipe for Artichoke-scrambled Eggs Benedict. Has anyone ever tried it? Sounds good and I hope it is. Here is the link with the recipe and article. nice site to whoever created it.

    http://emergevictoriousoverfat.com/2009/01/get-organized/

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  17. wow, Melody! I haven't been around the blogs much and I just caught up with what you've been up to.

    your food is all so vibrant and so inspiring. I find myself reading every post and saying, 'oh wow, i want that recipe!'

    great stuff!

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  18. Blackbean soup and zucchini pasta are two of my favorite things. Yours look terrific!

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  19. Beautiful spread! Those pics are making me so hungry!

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  20. I need to follow your example and eat more raw foods... like that cheezecake! Beautiful!

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