GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | Mango Avocado Salad

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Mango Avocado Salad (raw)

This really is one of the best combinations ever. Simple, elegant, and sensuous. Apparently there are over 400 varieties of mango worldwide. My favorite, from the three or four varieties I’ve tried, is the champagne mango. I’m seriously considering a trip to India just to sample mangos.

For the Salad:

2 Ripe Mangoes, peeled, pitted and chopped

1 Large Avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped

1 Tablespoons Lime Juice

1 Tablespoon Tangerine Juice

2 Teaspoons Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Cilantro Leaves

1 Tablespoon Black Sesame Seeds

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GreenChefs Vanessa Sherwood | Dark Chocolate Orange Tart

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Dark Chocolate Orange Tart
with Clementine Sorbet (raw)

I attribute my sweet tooth to my dad. He always carried a bag of goodies around with him where ever he went. He was like Santa Clause with a sack of chocolate, candy and cookies instead of presents. On my weekend visits with him, we’d go to the grocery store and stock up on anything that I wanted, i.e. Junk Food! We’d also frequent this ‘mom and pop’ ice cream store that had the best chocolate orange ice cream that I’ve ever had in my entire life. So I thought I’d come up with a ‘goodie’ of my own combining those two flavors.

Bad habits die hard, but with this recipe, you can indulge until your hearts content knowing you’re doing something good for your body. How cool is that.

Makes 4 individual sized tarts

For the crust:

1/2 Cup Dry Almonds

1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut

1 tsp. Orange Zest

2 TB Raw Cocoa Powder

2 TB Maple Syrup (Agave Nectar can be substituted)

1 tsp. Coconut Oil

Pinch Salt

Sprinkle Cayenne

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GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | Cherry Cobbler with Vanilla Custard Cream

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Cherry Cobbler
with Vanilla Custard Cream (raw)

Something happens when you freeze fruit and then defrost it. It actually gives the fruit sort of a ‘cooked’ texture. That’s what makes this cherry cobbler recipe work so well. You could use fresh fruit; it just wouldn’t mimic a traditional cooked cobbler as well. Plus, you’d have to pit all those cherries, adding a lot of time to the process. I take help where I can get it, and buying frozen cherries for this dish is one short cut I gladly take.

You can experiment using different kinds of fruit but I love cherries. When they are in season, I gorge on them like the witches of Eastwick.

For the Cobbler:

3-10 oz. Bags frozen cherries, thawed and drained

1/4 Cup Pitted Medjool Dates soaked for 10 min.

1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

A Dash Cinnamon

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Grapefruit & Mint Spritzer

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Grapefruit and Mint Spritzer (raw)

Usually made with white wine , this grapefruit juice spritzer is a refreshing alternative for an early morning wake up call. Who wants to get buzzed first thing when they wake up anyways? Well, I’m sure you know someone–if you’re reading this any time before 10am though, it’s probably not you. I’ll bet it’s even great for hangovers, or even sipped in between cocktail glasses to prevent you from getting properly sloshed in the first place.

I love the accent of the fresh mint against the bubbly tang of the sour grapefruit and lime juice. I also prefer to use a natural sparkling mineral water, but you can use any sparkling water.

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Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus

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Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus

The abundance of organic peppers in season locally around here makes me want to start adding them to everything. In turn they help cool you down in the heat, which is why the hotter the climate, the hotter the food, usually. One of my favorites that I grab handfuls of at the farmer’s market is jalapenos. They have such a nice sharp green pepper flavor with just a hint of spice that seems to disappear seconds later. When you first take a bite of this hummus you think it’s going to get really hot, then it just sort of disappears. The ample amounts of lime and salt help soften the bite, and the fresh fragrant cilantro blends beautifully to mellow it out.

I love the accent of the fresh mint against the bubbly tang of the sour grapefruit and lime juice. I also prefer to use a natural sparkling mineral water, but you can use any sparkling water.

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GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)

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Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum) (raw)

This salad is why I trek (well really I drive) 30 miles to the Thai/Vietnamese market on the north side of Chicago to get my supply of green papaya. Green papaya, as well as green mango, is used in abundance in Asian food preparation. The dressing for the salad is both sweet and spicy which I find very addictive!

Green Papaya is known to have an abundance of the enzyme Papain that breaks down protein which in turn aids digestion. As the fruit ripens, the enzyme content decreases, so you are doing your body good by eating the unripe fruit.

The Thai/Vietnamese markets are also a great place to pick up fresh bean sprouts, long beans, and tamarind. You can also pick up a relatively cheap mortar and pestle to make it the traditional way.

Serves about 4

For the salad:

1 Green Papaya, shredded

1 Cup Bean Sprouts

1 Cup Long Beans

1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved

1/4 Cup Peanuts (roasted or raw, optional)

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GreenChef Melissa Davison | Raw Sundae Tart

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Sundae Tart
(by rawchef Melissa Davison)

For the Crust:

2 3/4 Cups Macadamias

1/4 Cup Pecans

3 TB CocoPura Virgin Coconut Oil

1/8 Tsp Salt

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GreenChef Chad Sarno | Cocao Marble Tart

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Cocao Marble Tart Raw (raw)

Wine Suggestion: **2002, Banyuls, Michel Chapoutier, Roussillon, France

This deep and chocolaty fortified dessert wine is a great alternative to port, with slightly brighter flavors of dried black cherries, orange peel, and cinnamon. It’s natural sweetness and soft mouth feel are a decadent match for the rich but balanced tart.

SERVES 6-8

For the Crust::

2 Cups Pecans, raw

½ TB ‘*Cocopura’ Coconut Butter

¼ Cup Maple Sugar

½ Tsp Sea Salt

1 TB Cinnamon

½ TB Ancho Pepper Powder (or ¼ Tsp Cayenne)

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GreenChef Chad Sarno | Pasta Trio

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Courgette and coconut noodles, rustic puttanesca, white truffle alfredo, sage pesto (raw)

I grew up in a large Italian family, and gathering at my grandmothers home was like no other feast you could imagine. We would be forced to painstakingly sit through 7+ courses of amazing authentic food every meal. (Sounds rough huh!) My favorite courses were the array of pastas she would bring out around the 4th course. So many types of pastas from cannelloni, tortellini, manicotti, lasagnas, ziti, gnocchi and my favorites; vermicelli and linguini, all embraced by their own magical home made sauce.

So, needless to say, this combination of raw pastas were created when I offered a raw dinner for my grandma at a large catered event outside of Boston a few years back. She fully enjoyed every course; therefore, if grandma approved, the dinner was a success!

SERVES 6-8

For the Pasta:

5-6 Long Straight Courgettes, sliced paper thin, lengthwise on mandolin

then sliced again in ‘linguini’ width ribbons

1 Cup Young Coconut Meat, sliced into thin noodles

2 TB shallots, minced

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GreenChef Sarma Melngailis | Cauliflower Samosas

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Cauliflower Samosas
with banana tamarind sauce, mango chutney, and mint (raw)

Samosas – deep – fried vegetarian turnovers - are a classic Indian street food. Our version is a bit more delicate than the friend variety, but incredibly savory. You can make them a few hours ahead and keep them warming on trays in the dehydrator, this also keeps them dry, so they won’t stick together, as they would if you piled them up and set them aside. They are a perfect hors d’oeuvre, or you could serve just a few of them per plate as a starter.

Recipe by Sarma Mengailis | Raw Food Real World (Harper Collins, 2005)

Serves 4 (About 20 Samosas)

For the samosa wraps:

2 cups young coconut meat

1 1/2 cups coconut water (or more)

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

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GreenChef Sarma Melngailis | White Corn Tamales

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White Corn Tamales
with raw cacao mole, marinated portobello, and green tomato salsa (raw)

Traditionally, Mexican mole sauce is made like curry: ground chili peppers, spices, and flavorings are combined according to a cook’s taste and intention. In this recipe, we use raw cacao beans, the unadultured seeds of the cacao tree that are extremely rich in antioxidant flavenols, significantly more so than even red wine and green tea. We use both raw cacao and organic cocoa powder for a more balanced flavor. Green & Black’s organic cocoa from the United Kingdom is the best brand to use but is not easy to find.
Making the mole sauce can be hard on your blender, so it is best to use a via-Mix or one with a strong motor.

“This is an impressive dish to serve guests — its presentation in the corn husk is rustic and fun.” – MK

Recipe by Sarma Mengailis | Raw Food Real World (Harper Collins, 2005)

Serves 4 to 6 (makes 12 tamales)

For the portobellos:

3 medium or 2 large portobello mushroom caps,

sliced into sticks about 2 inches long and 1/4-inch thick

1/2 cup pumpkin seed oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon mince fresh oregano

1 teaspoon sea salt

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Pink Cherry Raspberry Shake

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Cherry-Raspberry Shake (raw)

Giving a recipe for a shake is kind of odd for me, because I usually just throw in whatever frozen fruit I have with whatever creamy base I have and add a squirt of agave and a dash of vanilla etc. My shakes don’t vary that much. I would like to try new flavors and combinations though. This one has cherries, raspberries and banana in cashew milk.

Raspberry Acai Shake:

1 1/2 Cup Cashew Milk (or 1 whole young coconut)

1 Cup Frozen Raspberries

1 Cup Frozen Cherries

1 Banana (Frozen or Fresh)

2-3 TB Agave (to taste)

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

Squeeze of Lime Juice

Pinch of Sea Salt

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