Thursday, November 11, 2010

Simple Raw Recipe, Raw Class this Saturday!

Dinner tonight was really delicious. It came together in 30 minutes. Brown rice pasta with sunflower spinach pesto, sauted zucchini and salad. Yum. A tip about frugal vegan pesto: use toasted sunflower seeds to replace the nuts. I also use spinach along with dried basil and fresh parsley to brighten it up. I'm not going to lie, it's not the same as amazing, garden fresh basil pesto, but it's pretty darn good! I also add nutmeg, nutritional yeast and green olives. I thin in out with olive brine instead of oil. You could totally add oil, but I'm watching calories here. Another tip: pasta water, especially brown rice pasta water is GREAT for stretching sauces. I always save at least a cup. I cook my pasta very al dente, then finish it off in the cooking water and sauce. It imparts a huge amount of flavor to finish cooking the pasta in the sauce.

I'm running behind on what I wanted to post, but I did manage to have a healthier raw day. I will post the nutritional breakdown tomorrow.

One small treat I had was this super simple apple salad:
It couldn't be simpler.

2 apples
2 T cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
pinch stevia
pinch nutmeg
pinch cinnamon

Allow the flavors to get to know each other for several hours before enjoying!

For any of my local ( ish ) readers, I will be co- teaching a Raw Food Class Saturday. It is a donation based class and is really a great time, so come if you can! Here's the info. Come if you can!

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  1. It all looks so good. I love the idea of the sunflower seeds in the pesto...I bet it is really tasty. Thanks for the tips on using the olive brine and the pasta water...very cool.

    The salad looks and sounds so refreshing too.

    If I were a local-ish reader, I would definitely sign up for your class.

  2. that's one deeeelicious super quick meal. i love that sunflower spinach pesto idea, Melody. oooh, i'm excited to try it! thanks for the tip on using seeds instead of nuts all the time for pesto. we do love using pasta water (and bean water) to thin out sauces, but i never thought to use olive brine, too. BRILLIANT & tasty! i hope your raw class goes well - i know it will, and i wish i lived nearby 'cause i'd totally be there!

  3. I'll have to try using sunflower seeds. I hadn't thought of that. They are much cheaper here.

  4. To eat apples like this would be such a treat and so refreshing. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. I love the idea of apples and cilantro together -- why have I never actually eaten this?? :)

  6. I wish I were local so I could come to your class...good luck! I am sure it will be great.


  7. That pasta looks yummy. What a great photo!

  8. I'm loving that apple salad! Lovely pictures as well!